Monday, September 18, 2017

CD Review: New Live Album From John McLaughlin & The Best "Feeling" From Jack Tempchin

English musician, John McLaughlin has had an amazing 50-plus year career as a solo artists and as a founding member of the jazz-rock fusion band, Mahavishnu Orchestra. He released his last studio album in 2015 ("Black Light") and is preparing to release his new live album titled "Live @ Ronnie Scott's" on September 15th. The show was recorded back in March and McLaughlin brought along his latest band, The 4th Dimension.
 
The new 9-song release tries to cover McLaughlin's entire career as the set begins with "Meeting Of The Spirits," which originally appeared on the debut album from Mahavishnu Orchestra. McLaughlin's guitar work is amazing on this 8-minute opener as the members of The 4th Dimension take the spotlight on the follow-up track "Miles Ahead." One of the epic pieces appearing on this new live release is the spirited, rhythm-fueled, 10-plus minute rock fusion of "Here Come The Jiis" from his most recent solo album "Black Light." He sticks with that album for the swift pace of "El Hombre Que Sabia," before going back to Mahavishnu Orchestra's second album "Birds Of Prey" with the jazzier appeal of "Sanctuary." John McLaughlin wraps up his new live album with the 12-minute jam on his solo piece "Echoes Of Then."
 
John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension will be hitting the road again on November 1st for a string of dates across the U.S. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new live album "Live @ Ronnie Scott's," please visit johnmclaughlin.com.
 
The name of one of the great American singer/songwriters may not be known to the common music fan, but Jack Tempchin wrote some of the best songs that country legends have turned into hits. Tempchin's biggest hit was The Eagles' "Peaceful Easy Feeling," which became a top 20 hit for the band. He would write a handful more songs for the band, as well as hits for Johnny Rivers, Glenn Frey, George Jones, Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker. After over 40 years in the music business, Jack Tempchin is releasing his first greatest hits album titled "Peaceful Easy Feeling, The Songs Of Jack Tempchin."
 
This new 10-song set begins with Tempchin's version of "Peaceful Easy Feeling," which is identical to the version performed by The Eagles. He follows that with an acoustic version of "Part Of Me, Part Of You" and a beautiful duet with Rita Coolidge on "Slow Dancing." Country artists Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen lend a hand on another hit that Tempchin wrote for The Eagles, "Already Gone." Tempchin's new greatest hits release wraps up with him rocking out to "Privacy" and "Party Town," before slowing back down for the acoustic country/folk sounds of "It's Your World Now." To find out more about Jack Tempchin and his latest release "Peaceful Easy Feeling, The Songs Of Jack Tempchin," please visit jacktempchin.com.

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