Shakti with John McLaughlin - Natural Elements (jazz)(flac)[rogercc][h33t] (Size: 242.46 MB)
Shakti With John McLaughlin Natural Elements
Released : 17 May 1999
Label : Sony/Columbia
Format : Flac
Shakti was really the world’s first World Music super group. The only problem was that no one knew it yet! The group’s live performances were mesmerizing, but Columbia couldn’t give the albums away. Natural Elements, from 1977, was the third and last Shakti album. It offered a more cohesive and structured presentation in terms of themes and shorter tunes. The group attempted to make the music more accessible by including pleasing hooks and some humor, but there was no chance that this music would ever gain mass popularity in the Western world.
Natural Elements includes some mind-altering playing. This is especially true of McLaughlin's guitar on "Face to Face". His solo is a career highlight: he quite literally tears apart the elements of every scale, seamlessly dipping in and out of flowing lines and time changes. The speed and clarity he achieves are not the product of a mortal man.
The funk representative is "Get Down and Sruti," which has a delightful kick propelled by L. Shankar’s violin. The use of the juice harp (mouth harp) throughout the album is a welcome addition which complements the band's sound.
In a rather bizarre way, the jazz-Indian Natural Elements is more accessible than many of McLaughlin’s Western jazz-rock recordings. The shorter tunes and infectious hooks may have been a last ditch effort to salvage the business side of things, but they worked out musically as well.
1. Mind Ecology 5:47
2. Face To Face 5:57
3. Come On Baby Dance With Me 1:56
4. The Daffodill And The Eagle 7:00
5. Happiness Is Being Together 4:27
6. Bridge Of Sighs 3:52
7. Get Down And Sruti 7:00
8. Peace Of Mind 3:22
John McLaughlin- guitar
L. Shankar- violin
Zakir Hussain- table
T.H. Vinayakaram- ghatam