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Remarkable album

This is a remarkable album, recorded just before the arrival of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. My Goal's Beyond is a mixture of jazz, and what we now call 'world music' with a strong Indian influence from the use of tabla and sitar. The two opening tracks - Peace One and Peace Two- have a wonderful feel to them with multi-layered instrumentation and some fine playing. Peace Two is perhaps the 'stand out' track of the album presaging the excursions into jazz fusion which were coming down the track in just a year or two. Jerry Goodman, who featured in the Mahavishnu Orchestra, is especially impressive on violin.

The second half of the album sees McLaughlin exploring more familiar territory with acoustic guitar playing with some of the members of the larger ensemble. As ever with McLaughlin, you get the idea that feeling for the music is sometimes sacrificed in favour of technique. This sense of priority was taken to the extreme in some of the more self-indulgent moments of the Mahavishnu Orchestra years. Nevertheless there is much to admire in the second section.

All in all this album is a gem. You'd be hard pushed to guess when it was recorded because the music still sounds fresh and not of any particular era. Give it a go - highly recommended!

My Goal's Beyond

John McLaughlin pushed many guitarists to explore the role of the acoustic guitar in jazz with this album. It is a seminal album that is essential listening for any modern jazz guitarist. It is much cited in the biographies of jazz guitarists as the catalyst for their own exploration of modern jazz, emotional playing in jazz, acoustic music and modern chord changes. It mixes solo acoustic guitar, double-tracked acoustic guitar and ensemble playing (see musicians below) through some standard jazz tunes and improvisations. Essential listening.

John McLaughlin -- acoustic guitar
Billy Cobham -- drums
Jerry Goodman -- violin
Charlie Haden -- bass
Dave Liebman -- flute, soprano saxophone
Airto Moreira -- percussion
Badal Roy -- tabla
Mahalakshmi -- sruti box


Born: 04 January 1942 in Yorkshire, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of fusion's most virtuosic guitar soloists, John McLaughlin placed his blazing speed in the service of a searching spiritual passion that has kept his music evolving and open to new influences. Whether shredding on electric or simmering quietly on acoustic, McLaughlin's intensity and underappreciated versatility have nearly always kept his playing vital, and his best moments -- whether as a solo artist or bandmember -- represent some of fusion's greatest recordings. McLaughlin was born January...
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