Mahavishnu John McLaughlin: Phillip Lane
John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar)
My Goal's Beyond (Rykodisc RCD 10051)
John McLaughlin (acoustic guitar).
Composed by John McLaughlin.
Recorded: New York, March 1971
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
This tune is named in honor of Philip Lane, a street in northern London. "Phillip Lane," the tune with an extra "l," is a chugging acoustic number that finds guitarist John McLaughlin running stoplights. The only rest comes in the form a beautifully brief melodic midsection slowdown. That break gives McLaughlin just enough time to tighten the windup key to start his brazen disregard of the road rules all over again. This is speed with direction and lack of caution at the same time. McLaughlin can be a real lead-foot guitar player. Come to think of it, those folks driving over there on Philip Lane are on the wrong side of the road anyway. Some might feel that's a good way to describe how McLaughlin sometimes plays the guitar, too. When he plays like this, it might be a good idea to pull over and let him by no matter which side of the road you are on. That way, you can live to listen another day.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky