John McLaughlin

Real Name:
John Rickard 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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608 007 Extrapolation — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin Extrapolation (Album) Marmalade 608 007 UK 1969 Sell This Version
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2310 077 Things We Like — John McLaughlin 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 2310 077 France 1970 Sell This Version
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4 Devotion — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin Devotion (Album) Douglas 4 US 1970 Sell This Version
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KC 31067 The Inner Mounting Flame — John McLaughlin The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin The Mahavishnu Orchestra* With John McLaughlin - The Inner Mounting Flame (Album) Columbia KC 31067 US 1971 Sell This Version
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YS-2487-YD Where Fortune Smiles — John McLaughlin 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) YS-2487-YD Japan 1971 Sell This Version
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ECPL-101 My Goal's Beyond — John McLaughlin Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* My Goal's Beyond (Album) Douglas, Douglas, Douglas ECPL-101 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
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40-69037 Love Devotion Surrender — John McLaughlin Carlos Santana, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* Carlos Santana, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin* - Love Devotion Surrender (Album) Columbia 40-69037 Spain 1973 Sell This Version
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VSD 23022 Planet End — John McLaughlin Larry Coryell With The Eleventh House And Mahavishnu John McLaughlin*, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous, Billy Cobham Larry Coryell With The Eleventh House And Mahavishnu John McLaughlin*, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous, Billy Cobham - Planet End(LP, Album) Vanguard VSD 23022 France 1975 Sell This Version
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CTI 6003 Super Session — John McLaughlin 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
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S 69108, none, CBS 69108 Visions Of The Emerald Beyond — John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra with John Mc Laughlin* Mahavishnu Orchestra with John Mc Laughlin* - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond(LP, Album) CBS, Suzy, CBS S 69108, none, CBS 69108 Yugoslavia 1975 Sell This Version
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S81388 Shakti With John McLaughlin — John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Shakti With John McLaughlin (Album) CBS S81388 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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69216, CBS 69216 Inner Worlds — John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra / John McLaughlin - Inner Worlds (Album) CBS, CBS, CBS 69216, CBS 69216 Europe 1976 Sell This Version
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PC 34372, 34372 A Handful Of Beauty — John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - A Handful Of Beauty (Album) Columbia, Columbia PC 34372, 34372 US 1977 Sell This Version
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CBS 82329 Natural Elements — John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin Shakti (2) With John McLaughlin - Natural Elements (Album) Columbia CBS 82329 Europe 1977 Sell This Version
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CN 2861/S In Concert-153 — John McLaughlin 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
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CLS-5616 Electric Guitarist — John McLaughlin Johnny McLaughlin* Electric Guitarist (Album) Columbia CLS-5616 Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
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JC 35785 Electric Dreams — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin With The One Truth Band John McLaughlin With The One Truth Band - Electric Dreams (Album) Columbia, Columbia JC 35785 US 1979 Sell This Version
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LWB-6095 Belo Horizonte — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin Belo Horizonte (Album) Warner Bros. Records LWB-6095 Mexico 1981 Sell This Version
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6302 137 Friday Night In San Francisco — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin / Al Di Meola / Paco De Lucía John McLaughlin / Al Di Meola / Paco De Lucía - Friday Night In San Francisco (Album) Columbia 6302 137 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
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23723-1 Music Spoken Here — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin Music Spoken Here (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 23723-1 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
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811 334-1 Passion, Grace & Fire — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin - Al Di Meola - Paco De Lucía John McLaughlin - Al Di Meola - Paco De Lucía - Passion, Grace & Fire (Album) Philips 811 334-1 Australasia 1983 Sell This Version
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BT 85111 The Alternative Man — John McLaughlin Bill Evans (3) , Special Guest John McLaughlin Bill Evans (3) , Special Guest John McLaughlin - The Alternative Man(LP, Album) Blue Note BT 85111 France 1985 Sell This Version
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88561-8081-1 Adventures In Radioland — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* John McLaughlin And Mahavishnu* - Adventures In Radioland (Album) CBS 88561-8081-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
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FM 45578 Concerto For Guitar & Orchestra John McLaughlin & Katia Labèque / Tilson Thomas* ~ London Symphony Orchestra* John McLaughlin & Katia Labèque / Tilson Thomas* ~ London Symphony Orchestra* - Concerto For Guitar & Orchestra "The Mediterranean" - Duos For Guitar & Piano (Album) CBS FM 45578 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
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314 519 861-2 Time Remembered — John McLaughlin John McLaughlin Time Remembered (Album) Verve Records 314 519 861-2 Canada 1993 Sell This Version