My Goal's Beyond

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My Goal's Beyond
My Goal's Beyond Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1971
RecordedNew York City, March 1971
GenreJazz fusion, world fusion
ProducerJohn McLaughlin
John McLaughlin chronology
My Goal's Beyond
The Inner Mounting Flame (with Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[3]

My Goal's Beyond is the fourth 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.[4][5]

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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Douglas – KZ 30766[7]

Side one
1."Peace 1"John McLaughlin7:15
2."Peace 2"John McLaughlin12:18
Side two
1."Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"Charles Mingus3:15
2."Something Spiritual"Dave Herman3:35
3."Hearts and Flowers"Theodore Moses Tobani2:05
4."Phillip Lane"John McLaughlin3:35
5."Waltz for Bill Evans"Chick Corea2:00
6."Follow Your Heart"John McLaughlin3:17
7."Song for My Mother"John McLaughlin3:30
8."Blue in Green"Miles Davis2:37
Total length:43:27


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard 200 194[8]
1982 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 34[8]

See also[edit]


  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., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Jazzlists: Elektra Musician LP discography, accessed March 20, 2018
  5. ^ Both Sides Now: Elektra/Asylum Album Discography, Part 8: Consolidated 60000 Series (1982- ), accessed March 20, 2018
  6. ^ Palmer, Bob (24 June 2009). "John McLaughlin: My Goal's Beyond : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Internet Archive/Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  7. ^ "John McLaughlin – My Goal's Beyond". Discogs. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "My Goal's Beyond – John McLaughlin | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013.