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#2979563 - 03/10/19 11:12 AM Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen
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If you are into fusion, this CD/Album is it. Mr McLaughlin is 1 of my all time favorite guitarists.

This track is well supported by visuals.

To Bop or Not to Be" - McLaughlin's Indian-informed melody is layered on top of synthesizer programming that, as a fundamental complexion of the entire record, lends credence to its paradoxical title. But once the band kicks in, McLaughlin demonstrates his encyclopaedic command of a broader musical language. By combining jazz-centric harmonic complexity with Eastern linear depth, his solo transcends both and becomes both unique and universal.

Industrial Zen is also most rhythm-heavy , but there's never a clash of purpose.
I really like thick and aggressive drums on instrumentals.
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#2979587 - 03/10/19 02:42 PM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: GregC]
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Another cat hitting the retirement page.
Gtreat work & career, although I generally prefer his calmer stuff than the "gnat notes".
Somebody should compile a discography of his pre-fame sessions.


The theme to the track you posted sounds familiar... idk
The gtr synth & drum interaction just past the 5 min mark's really cool.
Credits list 4 players + John himself programming drums. Double cool.
& the track fade is great !

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#2979593 - 03/10/19 03:33 PM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: d / halfnote]
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Originally Posted By: d
Another cat hitting the retirement page.
Gtreat work & career, although I generally prefer his calmer stuff than the "gnat notes".
Somebody should compile a discography of his pre-fame sessions.


The theme to the track you posted sounds familiar... idk
The gtr synth & drum interaction just past the 5 min mark's really cool.
Credits list 4 players + John himself programming drums. Double cool.
& the track fade is great !



his web site starts in 1968.
https://www.johnmclaughlin.com/musical-life/

JM is 77 [ wow !] . I thought he retired but now I see 2019 tour dates.

I retired from my business career 3 yrs ago when 63.

"retirement ' is great. Its not death. I highly recommend getting out of the rat race and doing exactly what your muse tells you.

Music is the worlds greatest natural drug IMO
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#2979615 - 03/10/19 06:32 PM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: GregC]
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I always have been a big admirer of McLaughlin's work.
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#2979644 - 03/11/19 03:26 AM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: desertbluesman]
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A favorite of mine too, Greg( since '71) it seemed to me that whenever John did something I thought he couldn't possibly top, he always found a way to!

And that this CD/LP( whichever you prefer to use) is 13 years old now just proves how woefully behind I am in keeping up my McLaughlin discography. frown But circumstances beyond my control contributed to that. Thanks for posting that.
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#2979669 - 03/11/19 08:16 AM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: whitefang]
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Ah, thank you, GregC, needed that to clear some of the noise out.

First saw Mahavishnu live in NYC in 1974, then with several different bands after that, and on what I thought was his "retirement" tour in 2017, with Jimmy Herring. Always warm, always astounding, the man simply radiates joy when he plays. It's no surprise that he teamed up briefly with Carlos Santana, another messenger of joy.
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#2979710 - 03/11/19 01:24 PM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: Winston Psmith]
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Five surprises, maybe, & one not so much











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#2979791 - 03/12/19 04:56 AM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: d / halfnote]
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No surprises I could see. Some footage or photos of John from his GEORGIE FAME tenure would be though! wink

The LAST time I saw John was at Meadowbrook, and he was doing THIS with the DSO! That was the summer of '88....



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#2979835 - 03/12/19 09:33 AM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: d / halfnote]
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Originally Posted By: d
Five surprises, maybe, & one not so much



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Thank you for that list. Its impossible to make a concise list of JM's productive career.

Here is something obscure:


[ also w the great Jack Bruce]



Edited by GregC (03/12/19 09:33 AM)
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#2979838 - 03/12/19 09:57 AM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: whitefang]
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No surprises I could see.

Yes.
I guess everyone but me knew he'd been on a James Taylor record. freak
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#2979841 - 03/12/19 10:00 AM Re: Visionary John McLaughlin- Industrial Zen [Re: d / halfnote]
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Originally Posted By: d
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No surprises I could see.

Yes.
I guess everyone but me knew he'd been on a James Taylor record. freak


LOL. That makes 2 of us
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