John McLaughlin: On The Road, Part 1: The Interview

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"On the '74 show the sound is a little rocky," McLaughlin explains. "We did the best we could, with only two-track analogue with some drop-outs and some gaps. But the '84 was multi-track, and with my engineer we were able to do a really good job—and it's probably the only example of where the Synclavier guitar is really exposed. It was a great night and it was a good mix and everybody was playing really well. I'm very happy that it's finally coming out."

A great night, a good mix and everybody playing really well. Sounds like the perfect description of what McLaughlin fans can expect when he hits the road with The 4th Dimension, beginning September 13, 2007.

Selected Discography

John McLaughlin/S. Ganesh Vinayakram, The Gateway To Rhythm (Abstract Logix, 2007) (DVD)
John McLaughlin/Jaco Pastorius/Tony Williams, Trio Of Doom (Legacy, 2007)
John McLaughlin, Industrial Zen (Verve, 2006)
John McLaughlin/Remember Shakti, The Way Of Beauty (Universal France, 2006) (DVD)
John McLaughlin, This Is The Way I Do It (Mediastarz, 2004) (DVD)
John McLaughlin, Thieves And Poets (Verve, 2003)
John McLaughlin/Remember Shakti, Saturday Night In Bombay (Verve, 2001)
John McLaughlin/Remember Shakti, The Believer (Verve, 2000)
John McLaughlin/The Heart Of Things, Live In Paris (Verve, 2000)
John McLaughlin, The Heart Of Things (Verve, 1997)
John McLaughlin, The Promise (Verve, 1995)
John McLaughlin/The Free Spirits, Tokyo Live (Verve, 1993)

John McLaughlin Trio, Live At The Royal Festival Hall (JMT, 1989)
John McLaughlin, Belo Horizonte (Warner Bros., 1981)
John McLaughlin, Electric Guitarist (Columbia, 1978)
John McLaughlin/Shakti, Shakti With John McLaughlin (Columbia, 1976)
John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra, Visions Of The Emerald Beyond (Columbia, 1975)
John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra, Apocalypse (Columbia, 1974)
Miles Davis, On The Corner (Columbia, 1972)
John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra, Birds Of Fire (Columbia, 1972)
John McLaughlin/Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia, 1971)
John McLaughlin, My Goal's Beyond (Ryko, 1970)
Larry Coryell, Spaces (Vanguard, 1970)
Miles Davis, A Tribute To Jack Johnson (Columbia, 1970)
John McLaughlin, Extrapolation (Polydor, 1969)
The Tony Williams Lifetime, Emergency! (Polydor, 1969)
Wayne Shorter, Super Nova (Blue Note, 1969)
Miroslav Vitous, Infinite Search (Atlantic, 1969)
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969)
Miles Davis, In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969)

Photo Credits
Live Black and White Photo: Jose Manuel Horna
All Other Photos: Courtesy of John McLaughlin and Abstract Logix

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