John McLaughlin

Real Name:
John McLaughlin
Profile:
British guitarist, songwriter, and artist. (not to be confused with the British pop songwriter John McLaughlin (2).)

Born: 4 January 1942 in Kirk Sandall in Yorkshire, England, UK.

A household name since the early 1970s, John McLaughlin was a fusion guitarist when he led the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He started on guitar when he was 11 and was initially inspired by blues and swing players. He worked with David Bowie, Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, Ginger Baker, and many others in the 1960s, and played free jazz with Gunter Hampel for six months. His first album was a classic, "Extrapolation" (1969), and was followed by an obscurity for the Dawn label with John Surman, a quintet set with Larry Young on album "Devotion" (1970), and half acoustic solos and half jams involving Indian musicians on "My Goal's Beyond" (1971).

In 1969, McLaughlin moved to New York to play with Tony Williams' Lifetime and he appeared on two classic Miles Davis records: "In A Silent Way" (1969) and "Bitches Brew" (1970). In 1971 McLaughlin formed the Mahavishnu Orchestra, a very powerful group often thought of as rock but having the sophisticated improvisations of jazz. After three influential albums – "The Inner Mounting Flame" (1971), "Birds Of Fire" (1973), and "Between Nothingness & Eternity" (1973) – the group disbanded in late 1973.

McLaughlin, who recorded a powerful spiritual album with Carlos Santana that was influenced by John Coltrane, put together a new Mahavishnu Orchestra in 1974 that, despite the inclusion of Jean-Luc Ponty, failed to catch on and broke up by 1975. McLaughlin then surprised the music world by radically shifting directions, switching to acoustic guitar and playing Indian music with his group Shakti. They made a strong impact on the nascent world music scene during their three years. McLaughlin then went back and forth between electric and acoustic guitars; leading The One Truth Band; playing in trios with Al DiMeola and Paco De Lucia; popping up on some mid-1980s Miles Davis records; forming a short-lived third version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra with saxophonist Bill Evans; recording an introspective tribute to pianist Bill Evans; and in 1993, touring with a rollicking jazz trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Dennis Chambers.

Throughout his productive career McLaughlin has recorded as a leader across labels, including Marmalade, Dawn, Douglas, CBS, Warner Brothers, and Verve.
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John McLaughlin - Extrapolation album art John McLaughlin Extrapolation (Album) Marmalade UK 1969 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Things We Like album art Jack Bruce With John McLaughlin, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman Jack Bruce With John McLaughlin, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jon Hiseman - Things We Like (Album) Polydor, Polydor US 1970 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Devotion album art John McLaughlin Devotion (Album) Douglas Japan 1970 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - My Goal's Beyond album art Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* My Goal's Beyond (Album) Douglas, Douglas, Douglas Japan 1971 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Where Fortune Smiles album art John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, John Surman, Stu Martin, Karl Berger John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, John Surman, Stu Martin, Karl Berger - Where Fortune Smiles (Album) Dawn (7), Dawn (7) UK 1971 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame album art The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (Album) Columbia Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Love Devotion Surrender album art Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* - Love Devotion Surrender (Album) Columbia UK 1973 Sell This Version
CBS 69108 John McLaughlin - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond album art Mahavishnu Orchestra with John Mc Laughlin* Mahavishnu Orchestra with John Mc Laughlin* - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond(LP, Album) Suzy, CBS CBS 69108 Yugoslavia 1975 Sell This Version
CTI 6003 John McLaughlin - Super Session album art Joe Farrell Quartet Featuring Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Joe Farrell Quartet Featuring Chick Corea & John McLaughlin - Super Session(LP, Album) CTI Records CTI 6003 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Shakti With John McLaughlin album art Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Shakti With John McLaughlin (Album) CBS UK 1976 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Inner Worlds album art Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin - Inner Worlds (Album) CBS, CBS, CBS Europe 1976 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Natural Elements album art Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Natural Elements (Album) Columbia Europe 1977 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - A Handful Of Beauty album art Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - A Handful Of Beauty (Album) CBS, CBS, CBS Spain 1977 Sell This Version
CN 2861/S John McLaughlin - In Concert-153 album art Shakti (2) featuring John McLaughlin Shakti (2) featuring John McLaughlin - In Concert-153(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2861/S UK 1977 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Electric Guitarist album art Johnny McLaughlin* Electric Guitarist (Album) Columbia Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Electric Dreams album art John McLaughlin With The One Truth Band John McLaughlin With The One Truth Band - Electric Dreams (Album) Columbia, Columbia Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Friday Night In San Francisco album art John McLaughlin / Al Di Meola / Paco De Lucia* John McLaughlin / Al Di Meola / Paco De Lucia* - Friday Night In San Francisco (Album) Columbia Israel 1981 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Belo Horizonte album art John McLaughlin Belo Horizonte (Album) Warner Bros. Records Europe 1981 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Music Spoken Here album art John McLaughlin Music Spoken Here (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1982 Sell This Version
23723-1 John McLaughlin Music Spoken Here(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records 23723-1 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Passion, Grace & Fire album art John McLaughlin - Al Di Meola - Paco De Lucía John McLaughlin - Al Di Meola - Paco De Lucía - Passion, Grace & Fire (Album) Philips Germany 1983 Sell This Version
LP CJ8 John McLaughlin - I Love Contemporary Jazz album art John McLaughlin I Love Contemporary Jazz(LP, Album, Promo) CBS Records Australia Limited LP CJ8 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Adventures In Radioland album art John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* - Adventures In Radioland (Album) Sound Service US 1986 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - "Mediterranean" Concerto album art John McLaughlin & Katia Labèque / Tilson Thomas* ~ London Symphony Orchestra* John McLaughlin & Katia Labèque / Tilson Thomas* ~ London Symphony Orchestra* - "Mediterranean" Concerto (Album) CBS Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
John McLaughlin - Time Remembered album art John McLaughlin Time Remembered (Album) Verve Records US 1993 Sell This Version