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Album Review

At this point, it is easy to see that the John McLaughlin story has become a peripatetic journey of electric-acoustic switchbacks, with the formation of the One Truth Band that plays on this CD being just another short chapter in the saga. And this time, McLaughlin is thoroughly in charge: there is little of the competitive dueling or tightly drilled, high-volume unison lines of the past; it's the guitarist and his sidemen, although sometimes keyboardist Stu Goldberg steps out with some wicked chops. McLaughlin returns Miles Davis' favor of naming a piece on Bitches Brew after him by turning the tables, and indeed, "Miles Davis" often has the loose, jamming feeling (and a quote of "It's About That Time") of the maestro's own jazz-rock sessions. There are also some aftershocks from the Shakti experience on "Love and Understanding." For the most part, though, McLaughlin conforms to the controlled funk and electronic sounds of the times, with generally more restraint and a considerable musical payoff. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

One of the finest albums of John McLaughlin's career

Electric Dreams ranks among the best fusion albums of the late 70s, with outstanding contributions by Fernando Sanders, David Sanborn, Stu Goldberg, and the incomparable L. Shankar. McLauglin's playing has rarely sounded sweeter or more focused. These are also some of his best compositions, some of which were originally intended for the Trio of Doom. Along with Al Di Meola's Elegant Gypsy, Stanley Clarke's School Days, and Jeff Beck's Blow by Blow, it's stood up well over time.

Fantastic album

This is a superb album, one of the finest in the entire McLaughlin's career. It's full of new ideas, mystery, and melancoly. McLaughlin' solos are haunting... I got to hear ithis album shortly after being released and still listen to it today. 5 big stars...


Born: January 4, 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...
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