John McLaughlin

Shakti/A Handful of Beauty/Natural Elements/Electric Guitarist/Electric Dreams

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This second box in Sony's German Original Album Classics series focuses on five titles from John McLaughlin's solo years immediately following the breakup of the Mahavishnu Orchestra (there is an OAC volume for that great band as well). Essentially, this box packages together import pressings of five individual titles (minus bonus tracks, but each with its original artwork). In this case they are Shakti, A Handful of Beauty , Natural Elements (both of the latter also with Shakti), Electric Guitarist, and Electric Dreams. Fans who already possess the U.S. versions of some or all of these albums need not bother with this -- though they do have marginally better sound. It can also be argued that Electric Dreams is a superfluous dog of an album. The three acoustic Shakti albums are indispensable, and Electric Guitarist is also a highly satisfying recording. Retail on these sets runs anywhere from 36 to 45 dollars, making them a decent buy for less than an import price.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
18:15
2
04:46
3
29:02

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
04:52
2
07:28
3
12:38
4
03:00
5
15:14
6
04:43
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