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The Boston Record
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon March 30, 2014
This is a first class recording of the final concert of 4th Dimension's 2013 tour at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston MA on 22nd June, and it's a stormer.

At 70 years old, the Doncaster lad is at the top of his game. With the immensely talented combo of Etienne M'Bappe, Ranjit Barot and Gary Husband he has the ideal vehicle to explore latter-day jazz fusion grooves and here delivers a truly awesome performance. Despite the exemplary technical capabilities of these musicians the speed/technique never dominates the proceedings; the music rocks, has a soul, is great fun to listen to and you can actually dance and move to most of it.

The band is tight and obviously enjoys playing together, the musical styles of the four a hand-in-glove fit. More classic pieces (such as the epic set-closer `You know you know' from the Mahavishnu Orchestra days) alternate with newer compositions. Samples from historic McLaughlin numbers are referenced throughout the improvisational sections.

Recording by Sven Hoffman is outstanding, with concert-clarity from all instruments and the balance just right. The album has a very exciting `live' feel, should prove indispensable to jazz fusion fans but will also appeal to anyone who appreciates great music.

A couple of minor gripes: First, Ranjit Barot's occasional energetic vocal contributions don't really add to the music, and it might have been better if he'd stuck to the drumming (especially on `Abbaji'). Second, the CD package has rather dated style, with front cover illustration straight from the 1960s `flower-power' era - though perhaps that's intentional.

For my money `The Boston Record' is every bit as good as classic MO at their best and praise doesn't get any better than that. The fact that John McLaughlin at age 70 is still delivering music of this calibre to live audiences must surely secure his place forever in the pantheon of the all-time greats.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
John McLaughlin is just as vital as ever even after turning 70. And amazingly he has all his speed intact. Although no matter what negative reviewers often have stated, virtuosity is not really the essence of John's playing. It's much more about sprirituality, depth and meaningful musical messages.

With the multi-cultural 4th Dimension he has found the perfect vehicle for his later day musical excursions. Keyboardplayer and drummer Gary Husband with his Zawinul influenced playing. Indian master drummer Ranjit Barot and the extraordinairy Etienne M'Bappe on the bass. If anyone considers fusion/jazz-rock as some kind of dinosaurely music this inspired and vital offering really should turn their mind completely around.

And we even get a track from his classic Mahavishnu days, something John very rarely does in form of "You Know You Know".
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
This album really captures the band at their live best. John Mclaughlin's meticulous guitar leads clearly inspire Gary Husband, Etienne Mbappe, and Ranjit Barot to reach for the cosmic stars. Mclaughlin may be over 70 now but you wouldn't know it by the way he grooves hard and captures the essence of the blues through his unique jazz-rock-spiritual fusion. Long may it continue.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2014
True masters at work! Attention all bass players, guitarists, drummers and keyboardist a...Get this now! A fusion landmark by an incredible cast if players!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2014
Great band, great recording. At 72 McLaughlin can still play circles around most contemporary guitarists. No problems with the music. The packaging on the other hand...I don't mind paying $18.00 for a Compact Disc. I do mind paying $18.00 for a Compact Disc that comes without an inner sleeve in a POC cardboard picture sleeve that you would normally see promotional or "give away" cd's packaged in. I spent 30+ years in the music industry, I know what it costs to manufacture a CD and a "jewel box" in bulk costs about 10 cents. Packaging like this is a slap in the face for the ever dwindling, "hard copy" compact disc market. It does nothing but contribute even more to the disposable commodity mentality that recorded music has taken on over the last decade and it makes me cranky. The AbstractLogix web site claims that they love music. It would be nice if they showed some of that love in the physical presentation of the product they sell to the public.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2014
This is a wonderful live recording - easily the best from John McLaughlin since "Live at the Royal Festival Hall" many years ago. It's also far, far better-recorded than the horribly murky "Now Here This" and easily as good as the 4th Dimension's debut album "To the One."

McLaughlin seems utterly inspired by this amazing band, and is also starting to pay attention to guitar tone again (you'd think it'd be a regular thing for a guy who calls Jeff Beck his favorite guitarist!). The tone here may not be the flame-torch of Mahavishnu days, but it's plenty gritty and varied. Technical details aside, as always with Mr. McLaughlin at his best this is really devotional music of a very high order "masquerading" as jazz fusion. He may have inspired a couple of generations to improve their chops, but his own are always in the service of something much deeper.

How fabulous to be putting out music of this caliber and intensity at 70+ years of age. Long may he (and this great band) flame on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2014
To me, the arrangements here have more of a Rock sensibility than the purely jazz fusion arrangements on To The One and other more recent cd's. But absolutely no compromising of musicianship by any of the players. The drummer, Barot, is especially notable but then so is the bass player MBappe'. Husband is merely fantastic. And Mahavishnu is as good as ever, superb. But what stands out for me on this collection (because the quality of playing on almost all MJM recordings is the standard of excellence by which all other musicians are compared) are the great compositions newly arranged. The result is pure ear candy. Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2014
I don't care what anybody says. I think that John Mclaughlin is a better guitarist now than he was in his 20's and he's in his 70's.He would put most guitarists in their 20's to shame. Backed by a killer band of Etienne M'Bappe(bass), Ranjit Barot(drums) Gary Husband(keyboards,drums) which makeup the 4th dimension makes this boston gig one to remember. Highlights? Where should i begin? The whole cd was great but i will point out they did a sweet version of "Senor C.S","Call and Answer" and "You Know,You Know". I will recommend this live cd to anyone who is a big fan of John Mclaughlin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was at this show last summer and must say that I was pleased to see that is was recorded and captured forever. It was one of the best McLaughlin shows I have ever seen, and I have seen em all since BOF. 70 years old and still bringing it. Ettiene Mbappe on bass is unreal. Ranjit Barot drums with power and precision and Gary Husband just kills on keys and drums as well. The sound quality is crystal. A must have for Mahavishnu fans. Get it
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
I follow him since Miles and Lifetime plus Mahavishnu and Montreux box and Graham Bond and Jack Bruce and Escalator and Santana and whatever else. I am proud of 2 bootlegs - Live Village Gate 1969 with Bruce and Williams of quite great quality (will it be remastered before I die?) and 4th dimension from Zurich so before Boston I got a lick. The music is great Gary Husband is great the band is great the quality is great the sleeves and cover are S***. Buy it and listen.
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