John McLaughlin: My Foolish Heart


My Foolish Heart


John McLaughlin (electric guitar)


John McLaughlin Electric Guitarist (Columbia CK 46110)

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John McLaughlin (electric guitar).

Composed by Victor Young


Recorded: New York, 1978


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

Victor Young wrote the music for the 1949 movie of the same name, which critics hated. Despite the film's negative press, "My Foolish Heart" earned Young one of his 20 lifetime Oscar nominations, this time for Best Song. John McLaughlin lowered the tuning of the low E string so he could use his thumb to provide a lower-register bass to accompany his lush chords and pristine single-note runs. McLaughlin's sound is gorgeous. The melancholy ballad is the last cut on the record and is an outlier on an album full of heavy fusion. McLaughlin likes to jar you that way. I don't think he does it to show off. Rather, he wants you to cool down and relax after experiencing his all-out sonic attack.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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