John McLaughlin records with L. Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Ramnad Raghavan and T. H. ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram’ ‘Shakti with John McLaughlin’ (1975)

‘Shakti with John McLaughlin’ is the first album (recorded on July 5, 1975) by a group gathering John McLaughlin with L. Shankar on violin, Zakir Hussain on tabla, Ramnad Raghavan on the Mridangam and T. H. ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram on Ghatam; released in 1976 by Columbia.

Track Listing : 1.Joy (John Mclaughlin, Lakshminarayana Shankar) – 18:13 . 2.Lotus Feet (John Mclaughlin) – 4:44 . 3.What Need Have I For This–What Need Have I For That–I Am Dancing At The Feet Of My Lord–All Is Bliss–All Is Bliss (John Mclaughlin, Lakshminarayana Shankar) – 29:03

Musicians : John Mclaughlin – Guitar . L. Shankar – Violin . Ramnad Raghavan – Mridangam . T. H. Vinayakaram – Ghatam And Mridangam . Zakir Hussain – Tabla

Production : Produced By John Mclaughlin . Joseph D’Anna – Engineer . Stan Tonkel – Engineer

Package : Pranavanada – Photography . Danny Wong – Lettering . Marie De Oro – Design

Recorded On July 5, 1975 At Southampton College, Long Island.

Released In 1976 By Columbia.


All About Jazz
According to Jeff Beck, McLaughlin’s playing with Shakti was as good as any player could hope to do. The original Shakti never sold a lot of records. But today they are seen as one of the true pioneersand their current reunion version is at long last commercially viable. […]

Jazzbo Notes
Coming after My Goals Beyond, his work with Miles Davisand the two versions of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, we get yet another instance of McLaughlin coming up with a radical innovation, superbly realized the first time out, a true fusion of Western and Eastern music. Shakti With John McLaughlin is yet more evidence of John McLaughlin’s genius, if you weren’t already convinced. […]

Yet the alert John McLaughlin follower will note that beyond the reliance upon South Indian instruments and scales, there are unbroken links to records like My Goal’s Beyond and the high-speed electric music that McLaughlin was casting aside at the moment. […]


‘Shakti with John McLaughlin’



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