Electric Dreams (John McLaughlin album)

Electric Dreams is the sixth solo album by English jazz guitarist John McLaughlin and his "One Truth Band", released in 1979. Between his fourth and fifth solo albums he spent several years active with the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

Electric Dreams
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Studio album by
Released1979
RecordedNovember–December 1978
StudioSound Mixer Studios, New York City
GenreJazz fusion
Length38:40
LabelColumbia
ProducerJohn McLaughlin
John McLaughlin chronology
Electric Guitarist
(1978)
Electric Dreams
(1979)
Belo Horizonte
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[5]

While performing with Miles Davis, Davis had titled a song on the album Bitches Brew after McLaughlin. McLaughlin returns the favour here, naming a song "Miles Davis".

Track listingEdit

All songs by John McLaughlin unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Guardian Angels" – 0:51
  2. "Miles Davis" – 4:54
  3. "Electric Dreams, Electric Sighs" – 6:57
  4. "Desire and the Comforter" – 7:34
  5. "Love and Understanding" – 6:36
  6. "Singing Earth" (Stu Goldberg) – 0:37
  7. "The Dark Prince" – 5:15
  8. "The Unknown Dissident" – 6:16

PersonnelEdit

  • John McLaughlin – Electric Guitar, 6 + 12 + 13 String Acoustic Guitars and Banjo
  • L. Shankar – Acoustic and Electric Violin
  • Stu Goldberg – Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer with Steiner Parker Modifications, Prophet Synthesizer, Hammond Organ
  • Fernando Saunders – Fender Bass, Acoustic Bass, Vocals on "Love and Understanding"
  • Tony Thunder Smith – Drums, Vocals
  • Alyrio Lima – Percussion, Amplified Chinese Cymbals
  • David Sanborn – Alto Saxophone on "The Unknown Dissident"

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Position
1979 Billboard Jazz Albums 14[6]
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 147[6]
1979 Kent Music Report (AUS)[7] 75

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Electric Dreams – John McLaughlin | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  2. ^ Kolosky, Walter (17 November 2002). "John McLaughlin w/ The One Truth Band: Electric Dreams". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 7 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. pp. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 977. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Electric Dreams – John McLaughlin | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 186. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.