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My Goal's Beyond

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Peace One
Peace Two
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Something Spiritual
Hearts and Flowers
Phillip Lane
Waltz for Bill Evans
Follow Your Heart
Song for My Mother
Blue in Green
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 42:07

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The Lineup:


John McLaughlin, guitars -- Jerry Goodman, violin -- Charlie Haden, double bass -- David Liebman, saxophones & flutes -- Billy Cobham, drums -- Mahalakshmi, percussion -- Airto Moreira, percussion -- Badal Roy, percussion -- Sri Chinmoy, liner notes

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In a mellow mood


This is some of the most lyrical and beautiful music McLaughlin ever made, half with an Indian-flavored ensemble, half with the master overdubbing his own acoustic guitar.

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A Classic (mostly)


I was happy to see this on eMusic. I have had it on my iPod for while digitized from my very old and scratchy LP. I'm not so sure that the first two tracks have fared that well by the "test of time" standard. They sound a bit dated to my ear. However, the remaining 8 tracks featuring McLauhglin on multi tracked acoustic guitar are.... priceless. Another great, though completely different style, early pre Mahavishnu album is "Extrapolation" (unfortunately not available on eMusic). Kind of an Avant Garde meets Beatnik meets Jazz meets early Fusion thing. OK, that's a horrible description but if you hear it you'll see what I mean!

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VIM - Very Important Music


thanks for this work. i like john from my 16 year old, now i'm 47

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Great to see this masterpiece make its way to E-music! This was a VERY important album for John where he laid down the templates for his groundbreaking Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti bands. "Something Spiritual" and "Goodby Porkpie Hat" are real standouts. Now if only "Where Fortune Smiles" could make its way here--

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What's Next


Wow..eMusic truly is a wonder. What next, The Inner Mounting Flame?

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this was a favourite of mine on vinyl in the 70's. I've been looking for it since I gave away my records. I think something magic happens on this album.

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the best


One of my favorite albums of all time - and one of McLaughlin's best. Before the "Inner Mounting Flame" days - tranquil but true heart.

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An all-time favorite


So glad to see this album on emusic! This was a revelation to me when I discovered it (on Ryko cassette in my college bookstore discount bin!). This rendition of "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is very possibly my favorite song of all time. It was the first time I'd heard it, and having now heard many versions including Mingus' own groups performing it, I can confirm it's one of those rare brilliant distillations of a composition down to its very essentials for a single player. I concur the other reviews here, it anticipates his Indian and acoustic trends. The player obviously are phenomenal. I think there is a simplicity and directness of it being early and I would less produced than later fusion stuff. If you like this make sure to find his work w/ Shakti.

They Say All Music Guide

After bouncing around on a couple of labels (Douglas/Polydor/Ryko,) the CD reissue of this album ultimately ended up on KnitMedia. The startling thing about this record is that it points the way toward two directions McLaughlin would take in the future — exploring Indian music and the acoustic guitar — and this while he was in the thick of the burgeoning electronic jazz-rock movement. The first half is a John McLaughlin acoustic guitar tour de force, where he thwacks away with his energetic, single-minded intensity on three jazz standards and five originals (including one genuine self-penned classic, “Follow Your Heart”) and adds a few percussion effects via overdubbing. The second half is devoted to a pair of marvelously intricate fusions of Indian rhythms and drones called “Peace One” and “Peace Two,” with jazz flights from flutist/soprano saxophonist Dave Liebman, a simpatico encounter with future Mahavishnu cohorts Billy Cobham on drums and Jerry Goodman on violin, and Airto blending his sounds seamlessly with the Indian tambura and tabla. Throughout, McLaughlin’s acoustic lines faultlessly straddle the line between the subcontinent and jazz, and the ethereal results still hold up beautifully today. – Richard S. Ginell

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