Di Meola, McLaughlin, De Lucia - Friday Night In San Francisco

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Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Bob Donnelly from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
Numbered Limited Edition 100% Analog 180g Vinyl LP! Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies!

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Friday Night In San Francisco is a 1981 live album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. It was described by jazz author and critic Walter Kolosky as "a musical event that could be compared to the Benny Goodman Band's performance at Carnegie Hall in 1938...[it] may be considered the most influential of all live acoustic guitar albums. All the tracks except Guardian Angel were recorded live at The Warfield Theatre on December 5, 1980 in San Francisco.

This debut recording on Columbia Records became a landmark recording that surpassed the two million mark in sales. The three virtuosos in the Trio toured together from 1980 through 1983.

Ah the Mediterranean... Filled with fine foods, wines, beautiful people, and the inspirational style of music that descended upon the able fingers of these guitar giants. This is by far one of the hottest guitar albums ever to bless sweet vinyl. Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, & Paco Delucia play classical guitars (the kind with the nylon strings) in a flamenco / jazz style that will blow your socks off!

Paco de Lucia was a Spanish flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists to have successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. De Lucia was noted for his fast and fluent finger style runs. His collaborations with guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola saw him gain wider popularity outside his native Spain.

Al Di Meola is an acclaimed jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer. With a musical career that has spanned more than three decades, he has become respected as one of the most influential guitarists in jazz to date. Albums such as Friday Night In San Francisco have earned him both artistic and commercial success with a solid fan base throughout the world. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others.

John McLaughlin is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz and rock, which he coupled with an interest in Indian classical music to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion. In 2010, guitarist Jeff Beck called him "the best guitarist alive." In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." After contributing to several key British groups of the early sixties and making his first solo record, he moved to the US where he played with Tony Williams' group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his landmark electric-jazz fusion albums: In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, A Tribute To Jack Johnson and On The Corner.

"Recorded in 1981 at San Francisco's Garfield Theatre, there must have been magic in the air that Friday night. John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Paco De Lucia put on a show that was by most accounts an amazing turning point in concert and recording history...No percussion, no bass, no piano, no brass. Just three of the finest guitarists alive providing an acoustic masterpiece of breath taking melodic interludes and mind boggling improvisation...For me, the tough choice for "King of the Hill" is between the Impex 180 Gram Numbered Limited Edition and the ORG 45 RPM...The ORG has a rich natural presentation with a liquidity that is quite alluring—still plenty of dynamic punch and immediacy. The Impex is slightly more detailed with a locked in sound stage and imaging to die for. No edge. No fatigue. Just very refined and tangible. The Impex would be my choice as it does a better job of defining the differences between the harmonics and sound of all three musicians and guitars—much of which was lost in the digital renditions and only slightly more clarified on vinyl. But I am splitting hairs here on these last two. Both are absolute killer pressings and either would be an outstanding addition to your collection." - Robert S. Youman, positive-feedback.com, Issue 98, August 2018

"Loose and spontaneous, this (mainly) live album is a meeting of three of the greatest guitarists in the world for an acoustic summit the likes of which the guitar-playing community rarely sees. Broken up into three duo and two trio performances, Friday Night in San Francisco catches all three players at the peaks of their quite formidable powers." - www.allmusic.com

• Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Bob Donnelly from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
• Numbered Limited Edition 100% Analog 180g Vinyl LP!
• Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies!
• Plated and pressed at RTI, supervised by Rick Hashimoto

Al Di Meola, guitar
John McLaughlin, guitar
Paco de Lucía, guitar

Side One:
1. Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho

Composers: Al Di Meola and Paco DeLucia
Performed by: Paco DeLucia (Left Channel) and Al Di Meola (Right Channel)
2. Short Tales Of The Black Forest
Composer: Chick Corea
Performed by John McLaughlin (Left Channel) and Al Di Meola (Right Channel)
Side Two:
1. Frevo Rasgado

Composer: Egberto Gismonti
Performed by John McLaughlin (Left Channel) and Paco DeLucia (Right Channel)
2. Fantasia Suite
Composer: Al Di Meola
Performed by Paco DeLucia (Left Channel), John McLaughlin (Middle Channel), and Al Di Meola (Right Channel)
3. Guardian Angel
Composer: John McLaughlin
Performed by Paco DeLucia (Left Channel), John McLaughlin (Middle Channel), and Al Di Meola (Right Channel)

Additional Information

Record Label Impex
Music Genre Jazz