The Heart of Things

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The Heart Of Things
John McLaughlin The Heart of Things.jpg
Studio album by John McLaughlin
Released 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 47:22
Label Verve
Producer John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin chronology
The Guitar Trio
The Heart of Things
Remember Shakti: The Believer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
All About Jazz [2]

The Heart Of Things is a jazz/rock album released in 1997 by John McLaughlin on Verve, catalogue number 539 153-2. As may be surmised from the personnel list, the genre is very much brawny electric jazz fusion featuring some young newcomers to McLaughlin's orbit as well as the familiar Beard and Chambers. All the pieces were written by McLaughlin.

The album was produced by John McLaughlin. The executive producers were Jean-Philippe Aliard and Daniel Richard. Production coordination was by Christian Pégand assisted by Karen Strugg. It was recorded and mixed at the studio Officine Mechaniche in Milan, Italy, with engineering by Paolo Iafelice and Celeste Frigo, assisted by Maurizio Andiloro. Editing was carried out at the Massimo Spinosa Studios in Milan by Massimo Spinosa, assisted by Max Costa. The mixing engineers were Max Costa and Celeste Frigo.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Acid Jazz" (8:19)
  2. "Seven Sisters" (10:17)
  3. "Mr. D.C." (7:07)
  4. "Fallen Angels" (9:29)
  5. "Healing Hands" (7:36)
  6. "When Love Is Far Away" (4:34)


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1997 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 4[3]


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "The Heart of Things - John McLaughlin : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Kolosky, Walter (18 November 2002). "John McLaughlin: The Heart of Things". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Heart of Things - John McLaughlin | Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved 6 November 2013.