Shakti with John McLaughlin - Natural Elements
Shakti with John McLaughlin - Natural Elements
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Shakti with John McLaughlin - Natural Elements
Shakti with John McLaughlin - Natural Elements

Shakti with John McLaughlin - Natural Elements

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John McLaughlin - guitar vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring John McLaughlin]

L. Shankar (v, va, voc); Zakir Hussain (perc, voc); T.H. Vinayakram (perc, harp, voc)

Written by Mc Laughlin (A1, A2, A4, B1, B2, B3, B4) and L. Shankar (A2, A3, A4, B2, B3)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Columbia

Recording: July 1977 at Aquarius Studios, Geneva (Switzerland), by Jean Ristori

Production: John McLaughlin

Originally released in 1977

Reissued in 2014


Tracks : 

Side A :

                1. Mind Ecology

                2. Face To Face

                3. Come On Baby Dance

                4. The Daffodil And The Eagle

Side 2

                1. Happiness Is Being Together

                2. Bridge Of Sighs

                3. Get Down And Sruti

                4. Peace Of Mind


Reviews :

« The third and final Shakti recording from the '70s. The songs here are shorter than those on Shakti and Handful of Beauty, but no less impressive. The novelty of combining Eastern and Western musical styles had worn off and McLaughlin sounds comfortable. This allows for memorable compositions and interchanges, rather than the blistering virtuosity that characterized the first two releases. From the intense ("Daffodil and the Eagle") to the joyful ("Happiness Is Being Together"), Natural Elements stands as a milestone in McLaughlin's illustrious career. » AllMusic Review by Robert Taylor

In the western world, the word shakti is taken to mean creative intelligence, beauty and strength. Guitar marvel John McLaughlin, who collaborated with the unique Mahavishnu Orchestra to tell the world of his conversion to Hinduism, created music past comparison with Shakti. Despite the frenzy of mass oriental pilgrimages, it was still unusual that McLaughlin’s ensemble was made up totally of musicians from India.
As the title of the third and last album – "Natural Elements" – suggests, all the participants work with body and soul and make no use of electronic equipment that was so popular in the Seventies. The very real natural energy, which emanates from the flow of melodies and rhythms from both western and eastern musical sources, fires all the musicians. And it is completely intentional that a cheerful fiddle tune, which might well be heard in the Emerald Isle, is joined by plopping volleys of sound on the tabla, inviting one to dance, or that dampened mariachi jubilation appears to be enveloped in the meditative atmosphere of a temple.

The short, light and cheerful pieces on this LP provide easy listening and offer an ideal insight into the world of Shakti. These natural sounds, far from time and space, are still enjoyed today – as is proved by the presence of a large audience at the concert "Remember Shakti", in which John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain celebrated their 40-year spiritual ties.


Ratings :

Allmusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs :   4,20 / 5 , Rate Your Music  3,82 / 5

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