My Goal's Beyond

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My Goal's Beyond
Studio album by John McLaughlin
Released June 1971
Recorded New York City, March 1971.
Genre Jazz fusion, world fusion
Length 41:12
Label Douglas Records
Producer John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin chronology
Devotion(1970) My Goal's Beyond
The Inner Mounting Flame (with Mahavishnu Orchestra) (1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz [2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

My Goal's Beyond is the third solo album (after Extrapolation and Devotion) by John McLaughlin. The album was originally released in 1971 on Douglas Records in the US. It was later reissued by Douglas/Casablanca (1976), Elektra/Musician (1982), and in 1987 by Rykodisc on CD (and LP).

The music is strongly influenced by music of India, and was dedicated to McLaughlin's spiritual leader, Indian guru Sri Chinmoy. Side one has two longer pieces for the whole band, including soprano saxophone, flute, violin and Indian percussion. Side two of the album features eight short compositions (three standards and five originals) played solely by McLaughlin on acoustic guitar.[4] With the recording he wanted to emphasize his equal love for the acoustic instrument and the beauty of its sound.[5]He wasn't paid much but he's “still pleased with it.”[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by John McLaughlin, except where noted.

  1. "Peace One" -- 7:18
  2. "Peace Two" -- 12:15
  3. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (Charles Mingus) -- 3:20
  4. "Something Spiritual" (Dave Herman) -- 3:29
  5. "Hearts and Flowers" (Theodore Moses Tobani) -- 2:10
  6. "Phillip Lane" -- 2:36
  7. "Waltz for Bill Evans" (Chick Corea) -- 2:01
  8. "Follow Your Heart" -- 3:19
  9. "Song for My Mother" -- 2:34
  10. "Blue in Green" (Miles Davis) -- 2:38


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard 200 194[6]
1982 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 34[6]


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S.. My Goal's Beyond at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kolosky, Walter (19 November 2002). "John McLaughlin: My Goals Beyond". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Bob (30 September 1971). "John McLaughlin: My Goal's Beyond : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from My Goal's Beyond review the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "John McLaughlin | official website". Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "My Goal's Beyond - John McLaughlin | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 

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