My Goal's Beyond

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My Goal's Beyond
My Goal's Beyond Cover.jpg
Studio album by John McLaughlin
Released June 1971
Recorded New York City, March 1971
Genre Jazz fusion, world fusion
Length 43:27
Label Douglas
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. He wasn't paid much but he's "still pleased with it."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Douglas – KZ 30766[6]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Peace 1" John McLaughlin 7:15
2. "Peace 2" John McLaughlin 12:18
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" Charles Mingus 3:15
2. "Something Spiritual" Dave Herman 3:35
3. "Hearts and Flowers" Theodore Moses Tobani 2:05
4. "Phillip Lane" John McLaughlin 3:35
5. "Waltz for Bill Evans" Chick Corea 2:00
6. "Follow Your Heart" John McLaughlin 3:17
7. "Song for My Mother" John McLaughlin 3:30
8. "Blue in Green" Miles Davis 2:37
Total length: 43:27


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard 200 194[7]
1982 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 34[7]

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. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 135. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Bob (24 June 2009). "John McLaughlin: My Goal's Beyond : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Internet Archive/Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "John McLaughlin | official website". Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "John McLaughlin - My Goal's Beyond". Discogs. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "My Goal's Beyond - John McLaughlin | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013.