9 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes


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4.7 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

ekknox ,

Five decades of greatness

First of all, this is an excellent live recording of a truly great band and everyone - most of all the Maestro himself - is in fine form. And how wonderful, after 45 years (!) to see him reprising some of the key compositions from the Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Inner Mounting Flame" and "Birds of Fire." At age 75, far from slowing down, McLaughlin is playing with undiminished passion and dazzling skill, but as always it's not about the technique but about what it's in service of: this is devotional music - "jazz bhakti" if you will - of a very high order.

Some may find the spiritual nature of McLaughlin's music easier to discern in his acostic work (his pioneering "My Goal's Beyond," the tender "A Lotus on Irish Streams" from the first Mahavishnu release and above all the original Shakti) but it permeates his loudest electric playing just as thoroughly. One of the things I really love about this new release is being able to experience that thread over decades of his compositions, from the early 70's right up through the most recent 4th Dimension albums.

As someone who was lucky to experience Mahavishnu live in 1973, see both the original Shakti and Remember Shakti several times this new release has me overflowing with gratitude for McLaughlin's ceaseless reinvention of himself over a lifetime and the way he raised the bar for guitarists while honoring everything he learned from the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Tony Williams. So much joy here - how lucky those of us who couldn't be at Ronnie Scott's are to be able to share in it!

RelaxedMike ,


My man..Johnny Boy! Always on point with something..different to say. One of the best..of our time.
Waiting on that..5th dimension!

Funk Dumplin ,

Mind bending

I have been listening to this music non-stop for a few days. I had to hear it after seeing John and the 4th Dimension with Jimmy Herring and the Invisible Whip on his final US tour. Many of the tunes John and Jimmy were playing are also on the live and Ronnie Scott's. This is a must purchase/listen/absorb collection of new and old hits. I'll never forget listening to John Mclaughlin for the first time. I was in my parents basement and I played Birds of Fire on my father's pristine Marantz stereo. It changed me forever. Thanks John for giving us a view into your beautiful soul!