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April 28, 2016 - 12:48 pm
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I'm a long time guitar fan and one of my idols was the great John McLaughlin who was the lead for the old band Mahavishnu Orchestra.  One of the reasons I liked the band was because, like It's a Beautiful day, it included a violinist.  I never really appreciated his contribution to the Mahavishnu Orchestra like I did David LaFlamme in It's a Beautiful Day.

But I happened to be thinking about the Mahavishnu Orchestra and thought I'd look him up on the internet and review their album I used to have, Birds of Fire. Goodman's work on the track Miles Beyond is just incredible.

The original track on Birds of Fire is a little tighter, but no visuals,

And he can Rock & Roll too.  Unbelievable

There are no tight close ups of the violin.  I thought for a moment or two that the fingerboard has frets, but I don't think it does.  I like to imagine he plays like that fretless.  Frets would just confuse me at this point.

I think I'm hooked now, an electric is in my future.

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I'm a huge fan of Mahavishnu, and used to have the album cover to Birds of Fire up on my wall. They were waaay ahead of there time back in the 70's. Still are as far as I'm concerned. I've yet to find anything to match them.

There's one cut where McLaughlin, Goodman and Jan Hammer do a circle of solos, starting off at 1 1/2 measures each, then going down to a measure, and finally trading each other off at half a measure. Great stuff.

You may or may not know that Goodman also played with a band called The Flock...big band like Chicago...horns and all.

If you've ever seen the movie 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' with Michael Cain & Steve Martin (great movie btw) It's Jerry Goodman floating some very tasty jazz riffs throughout, and getting some very sweet sound out of whatever violin he's using.

...I suppose you've noticed this... the title cut from Birds of Fire is in 6/8 time (or something like that) and it's Goodman who sets that timing up with that powerful repetitive riff. Luv it! 

"Striving to attain Mediocrity"

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The violinist in the first video is NOT John Goodman, but is Chris Devine.  Of course the band is a cover band, not Mahavishnu Orchestra, but I assumed the violinist was Goodman.  It is not.

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Here's one I like. The Flock covers 'Tired of Waiting'

Jerry starts this one off

"Striving to attain Mediocrity"

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Not bad.  Not too much violin though.

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