John McLaughlin: My Romance
John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar)
John McLaughlin – Thieves and Poets (Verve 011 370-2)
John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar),
The Aighetta Quartet (acoustic guitars), Jan Maresz (bass).
Composed by Rodgers and Hart.
Recorded: Monaco, 2003
Rating: 99/100 (learn more)
This could be a fun thing to do: play McLaughlin's beautiful acoustic rendition of "My Romance" to someone unfamiliar with John's playing. Its harp-like chords and deep rich melody notes will enchant the listener. Then play the McLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra's head-jarring electric "Birds of Fire" immediately. After you resuscitate the now-shocked listener, try your damnedest to convince him or her that it was the same guitarist playing both songs. You will not be able to do it!
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky