John McLaughlin releases his second album : ‘Devotion’ (1970)

John McLaughlin’s ‘Devotion’ is his second album recorded with Buddy Miles, Larry Young and Billy Rich and released in September 1970 by Douglas Records.

Track Listing : 1.Devotion (John Mclaughlin) – 11:25 . 2.Dragon Song (John Mclaughlin) – 04:13 . 3.Marbles (John Mclaughlin) – 04:05 . 4.Siren (John Mclaughlin) – 05:55 . 5.Don’T Let The Dragon Eat Your Mother (John Mclaughlin) – 05:18 . 6.Purpose Of When (John Mclaughlin) – 04:45

Musicians : John Mclaughlin – Electric Guitar . Buddy Miles – Drums, Percussion . Larry Young – Organ, Electric Piano . Billy Rich – Bass Guitar

Production : Produced By Alan Douglas, Stefan Brigh

Package : William Hogeland – Liner Notes

Recorded In February 1970 At Record Plant Studios, New York City.

Released In September 1970 By Douglas Records.

The mix is mesmerizing. McLaughlin is testing sonic barriers. Young is doing a good job of that as well. Buddy Miles just pounds away. A false ending leads to a kick-ass rock assault that is lost in a groove. Any McLaughlin fan who does not own this music should be put to bed without supper. […]

All About Jazz
Despite this obvious problemand the fact Douglas paid McLaughlin only $2,000 to record both Devotion and My Goal’s Beyond , this album is chock full of wonderfully ominous riffs and sounds. Devotion is an overlooked landmark album. […]

If you think that McLaughlin’s solo at the end of Right Off (from A Tribute to Jack Johnson) is one of the high points of his career, then this is the album for you. […]


John McLaughlin’s ‘Devotion’


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