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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve Int'l
  • ASIN: B0000047GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By this 1997 recording, John McLaughlin seemed far from the searing drive and intergalactic quest for Nirvana of his Mahavishnu Orchestra. But was he? Less youthfully optimistic, sure. At its heart, this music projects both mature contemplation and foreboding intensity. McLaughlin remains, undoubtedly, a giant master of supercharged single-note runs. His compositions' structures still emphasize braided interaction among the players, which his outfit here achieves to startling effect. Drummer Dennis Chambers is crucial. His shifting pace, color, and emphasis are charged with an astonishing authority and reserves of muscularity. That permits the band to dart and charge at one moment, then pause to float. In the open spaces, hornman Gary Thomas is at his anxious best, while keyboard giant Jim Beard grooves delightedly. --Peter Monaghan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By liss-nirr on May 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
While this album includes all of the technical proficiency that John is famous for, (and that of the groups he puts together), the real value of these songs is in their musical depth, range, and meaning. Some tracks are stronger than others in this respect, but overall, the music "has something to say," in other words, it goes somewhere far beyond the mere mechanics of individual performances of skill, and even far beyond the basic collective effect of the rhythms, harmony, melody, and other elements.
In order to actually hear this, you have to listen to the individual parts all at once, while simultaneously and most importantly, hearing the whole song as an additional part, as if the composition were an instrument itself. When you get tired of mere virtuosity, or just want to discover something new, try to hear this music as a single, living, conscious "thing" (creature, being, idea...whatever) and you will be blown away.
Well worth getting whether you're into blazing chops or the broader context and life of music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
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You probably won't find a bigger fan than yours truly of John McLaughlin's work with Miles Davis...ESPECIALLY A Tribute to Jack Johnson, or his work with Mahavishnu Orchestra on two of the most influential fusion albums of all time, The Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire. I loved every single NOTE of those albums.

Unfortunately, "fans" sometimes want a musician to keep re-recording his / her "greatest hist" over and over and over again.

This frustrates followers of artists like Miles Davis, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, and yes...John McLaughlin...to no end.

John DID "Bitches Brew," "Jack Johnson," "Inner Mounting Flame," "Birds Of Fire"...maybe we ought to just thank him for that and let him move on.

"The Heart Of Things" is a very, very good CD. It's ensemble playing. It's not a close-cropped, white-suited, doubleneck-playing McLaughlin spewing shock 'n' awe solos through a Marshall stack.

That was then, this is now. This is some finely crafted, subtle, enjoyable music. I like The Heart of Things...the live companion piece to this CD...as well.

Approach this CD with an open mind and a simple thirst for good music, and you will be rewarded.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By El Marco on October 21, 2009
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The music on this CD is interesting and better yet it sounds really good. The sound is enveloping with plenty of dynamic range and makes for an exciting listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
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This band can really lay down the jams, they are a ferocious powerhouse of a group. Dennis Chambers is an absolute monster drummer, there is supposed to be a live CD of this group recorded in Paris coming out this summer. If you enjoy this CD, check out Tokyo Live by the band Free Spirits (John Mc Laughlin, Joey De Franceso & Dennis Chambers).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
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I bought this CD two years ago and after a while I was trully loving it.After listening to this record one's must admit that Dennis Chambers is definitely one of the best drummers now a days.The way he plays on track number 3 is really impressive.Anyone who likes the drums MUST buy this CD.
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