Devotion (John McLaughlin album)

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Cover - devotion.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1970
RecordedFebruary 1970
StudioRecord Plant Studios, New York City
GenreJazz-rock, acid rock, psychedelic rock, instrumental rock
ProducerAlan Douglas and Stefan Bright
John McLaughlin chronology
Where Fortune Smiles
My Goal's Beyond

Devotion is the third album by the English jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin, released in 1970. It was recorded while McLaughlin was in Tony William's band Lifetime; prior to forming The Mahavishnu Orchestra. McLaughlin was unhappy with the resulting album. On his website, he writes: “In 1969, I sign a contract in America for 2 records. First is 'Devotion' that is destroyed by producer Alan Douglas who mixes the recording in my absence.”[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideA[3]
All About Jazz[5]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceA–[4]

In a contemporary review, Rolling Stone magazine called the album "very fine" and said that McLaughlin "has managed to make an album as Heavy as the most fanatical Led Zeppelin devotee could wish, while maintaining a high musical level".[7] [8] Allmusic awards the album four and a half stars, and Sean Westergaard concludes, "Devotion is a complete anomaly in his catalog, as well as one of his finest achievements."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John McLaughlin.

  1. "Devotion" – 11:25
  2. "Dragon Song" – 4:13
  3. "Marbles" – 4:05
  4. "Siren" – 5:55
  5. "Don't Let the Dragon Eat Your Mother" – 5:18
  6. "Purpose of When" – 4:45



  1. ^ text on the period of 1968 - 70.
  2. ^ a b Westergaard, Sean. "Devotion - John McLaughlin | AllMusic". Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 7, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (19 November 1970). "Consumer Guide (14)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  5. ^ Kolosky, Walter (17 November 2002). "John McLaughlin: Devotion". Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  6. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  7. ^ "Review: Devotion". Rolling Stone. New York: 44. 17 September 1970.
  8. ^ Palmer, Bob (17 September 1970). "John McLaughlin: Devotion : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2013.

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