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  • Audio CD (May 4, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B00000IP3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Billy McLaughlin is another in a line of post-Michael Hedges, two-handed acoustic guitarists, whacking and thwacking their instruments with hammer-ons, pull-offs, and anything else to extend their range. On his latest album, Out of Hand, McLaughlin goes beyond the guitar, adding in drum machines for trip-hop grooves and global percussion from Steve Tibbetts's percussive partner, Marc Anderson. Toss in touches of electric guitar and keyboard, and McLaughlin's Out of Hand suddenly sets him apart from the Hedges wannabes. That works to his detriment on the overwrought workout of the Eagles' "Best of My Love" and the smooth-jazz bid of "Flying Dream." Those overproduced pieces are disappointing, given the way McLaughlin makes machine grooves sound rootsy with blues bends and country twangs on "Out of Hand" and "Midwatch." Yet the intricate movements of "Clockshop" and "Hold On to Forever" reveal a guitarist who is original in just picking his strings. --John Diliberto

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"This is what acoustic guitar will sound like in the next millennium," Billy McLaughlin boldly asserts in the liner notes to his second CD. Well, if that's the case, the next thousand years will be funky, bluesy, and full of vigor and adventure.

The opening track begins with a dramatic synth-orchestra overture that carries on as an undercurrent of the main melody set to a thick, shuffle beat by drummer Kirk Johnson (known for his stints with The Artist). From there, McLaughlin experiments effectively with his surroundings while keeping spry fingerstyling the focus of each tune. By using a subtle, synth-created pipes harmony, he turns the meditative "Candleman" into a spiritual Celtic journey. "Midwatch" is like a Shahin & Sepehr tune with its colorful mix of zesty flamenco stylings and thick retro-soul flavors.

The only drawbacks are the simple, slow solo ballads, which are nice but come across as a letdown next to more spirited offerings. But these are small detractors, especially in light of McLaughlin's wacky blues/folk/ funk take on the Eagles' "Best of My Love." On that tune, his strings do a cat-and-mouse dance with his brother Michael's muted trumpet above a stew of live drums and drum machines. Then Billy pulls out the electric and lets loose over a bed of synth orchestration.

--- Jonathan Widran, JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Billy McLaughlin is an extremely talented fingerstyle guitarist who had a bit too much time in the studio for this album. When he lets his guitar do the work, the songs are excellent but this album tends to be overproduced. Especially cloying is the elevator music version of the Eagle's "Best of My Love."
Still, I enjoy most of the album. But if you haven't heard McLaughlin before, I would heartily recommend "Fingerdance" as a good first choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell Diederich VINE VOICE on June 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first picked up this cd after seeing Billy McLaughlin live. He opened for another fingerstyle great, Adrian Legg. I was absolutely blown away by the style of his play. Most of his playing is done using the two-handed touch tap technique al la Stanley Jordan, but that's were the similarity ends. McLaughlin plays an entirely acoustic set with a bluesy, hip-hop feel. This isn't just all solo guitar though. On several tracks, McLaughlin adds drums, keyboards, some trumpet, and a touch of electric guitar to support him. It never detracts from McLaughlin's guitar as that remains firmly the main presence and force of this album.
The album opens with the title track and sets the mood of what is to occur over the next 47 minutes. It's an upbeat tune with guitar melody and rhythm playing at the same time with different hands. "Clockshop" is my favorite of the album, and it composed of a beautiful melody countered with a nice baseline all done on one guitar. The solo work doesn't stop there as can be heard on the passionate slow playing on "Hold On to Forever". McLaughlin doesn't lose anything by having musician's (organic or digital) backing him as on the funky "11", and the more laid back "Candleman".
McLaughlin is definitely someone to see live if you can get the chance. If you can't, pick up one of his albums. This one is quite a good representation of his ability and playing style. If you like fingerstyle guitar, or just good music you'll love this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin R. Macumber on May 29, 2001
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Yeah, I'm a guitar lover. I make no bones about that. Always have been and always will be. And nothing makes me smile more than hearing my favorite instrument played by a master, like Billy McLaughlin. I first heard his work about five years ago, on a guitar compilation disk from Narada, and was just blown away by his song Helms Place. Being new to guitar back then, I'd never heard anyone play like that, both hands just workin' the strings and frets. Well, after that I kept an eye out for more of his work, and when this came out I was very pleased. All of the songs are winners, but Hold On To Forever has to be my absolute favorite, with Soulmates close behind. The electronic sounds threw me off at first, and that's the only reason this is getting 4 stars instead of 5. I'm glad he is experimenting, but his solo guitar work is where his true brilliance lies.
Also, check out his CD Fingerdance and his new "best of" disk, Acoustic Original, on which is County Wicklow Mystic, one of my all-time favorite songs.
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By Nancy D on June 27, 2014
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I have a lot of Biy McLaughlin's music, but somehow had missed this gem! Great variety of his amazing guitar work, including the hauntingly beautiful "Hold on to Forever".
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By lydia on December 29, 2012
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I only liked the first song. The other songs (the tunes) did not interest me and were not catchy to me but his guitar playing were still very good considering he had some injury to his hand.
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By Landy on July 14, 2012
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I have always loved Billy McLaughlin's CD's His music has always struck me with so much emotion and Out of Hand is no different. I will tresure this CD like all the rest of them.
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By bootsie on September 2, 2011
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I recently found about this musician and he is a master. I have recently purchased just about every one of his CD's and love them. Vendor was great. Fast delivery, just as advertised. Would buy from again.
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By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There are too few artists like Mr. Mclaughlin who "play from a special place". When you hear it and see it... you know it. This guy is for real and "Out of Hand" could possibly be his best work yet. I highly recommend checking out "Fingerdance" as well and "Inhale Pink" (If you can find it).
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