John McLaughlin ‎– Devotion

Douglas ‎– 4
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Devotion 11:26
A2 Dragon Song 4:13
B1 Marbles 4:05
B2 Siren 5:55
B3 Don't Let The Dragon Eat Your Mother, Brother
Percussion, Congas – Ralph Mac Donald*
B4 Purpose Of When 4:45



Printed in USA
Distributed By PIP Records, a Division of Pickwick International, Inc.

Tony Bongiovi is credited as Remix Engineer on label.

BLACK label with silver lettering (see latest pics)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Machine Stamped (except for R handwritten)): DOUGLAS 4A R
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Machine Stamped (except for R handwritten)): DOUGLAS 4B R

Other Versions (5 of 40) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0022-2 John McLaughlin Psychedelic Groove(CD, Promo) Protasis, Jazz & Jazz 0022-2 Greece 2008 Sell This Version
KZ-31568 John McLaughlin Devotion(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Douglas KZ-31568 US 1972 Sell This Version
VP 80082 John McLaughlin Devotion(LP, Album, RM) Vinyl Passion VP 80082 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
SBP 234231 John McLaughlin Devotion(LP, Album) CBS SBP 234231 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
CELL 5010 John McLaughlin Devotion(LP, Album, RE) Celluloid CELL 5010 Canada 1986 Sell This Version



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January 28, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
This is quite a bit different from what you generally expect out of John McLaughlin. Here he goes more of a psychedelic rock approach, and gets help from organist Larry Young (someone John McLaughlin would bring back when he collaborated with Carlos Santana on Love, Devotion, Surrender), drummer Buddy Miles (best known for playing in Hendrix's Band of Gypsies), and bassist Billy Rich. What you get here are extended psychedelic guitar jams, with repeating bass and guitar lines, with spacy psychedelic sound effects and phasing. It sorta reminds me of Tony Williams' Lifetime's Emergency, but more rock-based, and without vocals. I guess that isn't too surprising, as McLaughlin and Young had played on that album (with only Tony Williams in place of Buddy Miles). The drumming is much more rock-oriented than say, Tony Williams or Billy Cobham, and the album overall has a much more rock than jazz approach. Even here you can still recognize this is the guitar work from McLaughlin. While I find the album very good, it also demonstrated he needed a band consisting entirely of virtuoso musicians. Of course that band being Mahavishnu Orchestra. While the other musicians are still good, they sounded like they had trouble catching up with him. As a lover of psychedelia and space rock (there are elements of space rock here!) I was surprised someone associated with jazz and fusion attempting this, and doing a rather good job. Even rock critic Robert Christgau liked this album giving this an A (he referred to McLaughlin as the Duane Eddy of the Aquarian Age), and this is a guy I frequently don't agree with him on ratings or opinions. McLaughlin wasn't happy with the mix, as he wasn't present during the mixing, which leaves me to believe the album's psychedelic feel (the phasing and other psychedelic sound effects) was probably due to mixing and not likely what McLaughlin had in mind. While I enjoy this album, don't expect breakneck fast playing from all members as you do Mahavishnu, but I recommend this for those who fancy the idea of John McLaughlin doing a psychedelic space rock album.