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  • Friday Night In San Francisco (Awaiting Repress) Friday Night In San Francisco (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Friday Night In San Francisco (Awaiting Repress)

    1981 album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia recorded at The Warfield Theatre on December 5, 1980, in San Francisco. All tracks are live except for the last track, Guardian Angel, which is the opening theme from a song that appears on McLaughlin's 1978 Electric Dreams album.


    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!


    Recorded live in concert in San Francisco this album has spectacular sonics and musicianship to boot!


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho
    2. Short Tales of the Black Forest
    3. Frevo Rasgado
    4. Fantasia Suite
    5. Guardian Angel
    Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • The Guitar Trio The Guitar Trio Quick View

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    The Guitar Trio


    • Play 33 1/3 Series


    • 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Pressed By MMP


    • Gatefold Jacket With Magic-Eye Graphic & Black Poly-Lined Inner Sleeves



    • Includes 4-Page Booklet


    • Project Designed & Sleeve Made By Khiov


    • Bob Ludwig - Mastering Engineer


    The 'Play 33 1/3 LP Series' is a 1st LP issue project of masterpiece albums which have never been released on LP. The albums are released by Universal Music Korea and the heavyweight LP vinyl is pressed in Germany. Khiov designs the project, reforms the original artworks for the LP size and made the sleeves precisely by handmade.


    The Guitar Trio, originally released in 1996 on CD only, reunites Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin after 13 years of not playing together.


    Guitar Trio is an excellent collaborative effort from three of the finest jazz guitarists of the post-rock & roll era: Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin, and Al di Meola. Throughout the record, the trio doesn't just showcase their instrumental skills; they demonstrate their musicality. This is sympathetic, emotional musicianship, where each musician complements each other instead of trying to out-do the other. For jazz guitar fans, it rarely gets more exciting than Guitar Trio.

    - Leo Stanley (All Music Guide)


    Musicians

    Paco De Lucia: guitars

    Al Di Meola: guitars

    John McLaughlin: guitars

    1. La Estiba
    2. Beyond the Mirage
    3. Midsummer Night
    4. Manha de Carnaval
    5. Letter from India
    6. Espiritu
    7. Le Monastere dans les Montagnes
    8. Azzura
    9. Cardeosa
    Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin & Paco DeLucia
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Elysium Elysium Quick View

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    Elysium


    DMM Direct Cut From 24/96 Hi-Res Master


    180 Gram Audiophile Pressing


    45 R.P.M.


    He came from the 'Land Of The Midnight Sun', sparkled on the jazz-rock stage as an 'Elegant Gypsy', came up trumps in the 'Casino' with all the right chords and melodies, and his 'Splendido Hotel' was the number one address for fusion fans around the globe. He finally achieved immortality together with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia on 'Friday Night In San Francisco'. From his early days as a rising star i right up to the present day, he has continually managed to refine his qualities: breathtakingly fast picking, skillful percussion effects the like of which had never been heard before, the effortlessness with which he can instantly switch from muscular axe-man rock to spinning gentle, romantic webs of melody. In the nineties, inspired by his love of the acoustic sounds of Latin America and the works of nuevo tango pioneer Astor Piazzolla, he made some delightful chamber music recordings.


    On more recent albums all these penchants, influences and musical movements have fused into an unmistakable sound. 'Elysium' is the climax of this process so far. The artist has arrived where he always wanted to be. He himself thinks of Elysium as a 'place of perfect happiness'. A paradise where acoustic and electric components, triumphant rock and finely entwined jazz, delicate and pumping rhythms, guitars and keyboards, wide panoramas of rock and diaphanous carpets of sound come together in harmony. The gates to paradise for guitar aficionados are open to everyone - with 'Elysium.'


    Musicians:


    • Al Di Meola: Guitars
    • Barry Miles: Keyboards
    • Mario Parmisano: Keyboards
    • Piano Philippe Saisse: Keyboards, Piano, Marimba
    • Rhani Krija: Percussion
    • Peter Kaszas: Drums
    LP 1
    1. Adour
    2. Cascade
    3. Babylon
    4. Purple and Gold
    5. Esmeralda
    6. Elysium


    LP 2
    1. Amanjena
    2. Sierra
    3. Etcetera in E-major (Intro)
    4. Etcetera in E-minor
    5. Tangier
    6. Stephanie
    7. Monsters

    Al DiMeola
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Splendido Hotel (Speakers Corner) Splendido Hotel (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Splendido Hotel (Speakers Corner)

    Just how much creative gunpowder had Al Di Meola ignited in his early career? First of all there was the flamenco firework in the best-seller Elegant Gypsy, and secondly his mega-successful live album resulting from a summit meeting in San Francisco with Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin. After this great start it was no wonder that such prominent colleagues as Jan Hammer, Chick Corea, Steve Gadd, Anthony Jackson and Les Paul were eager to participate in the present album Splendido Hotel.


    This great line-up of musicians produce a rich, saturated sound and create numerous 'flavours' in this cocktail of sounds, which - as a double LP - can be likened to a fantastic long drink, as it were. Di Meola's idea of fusion starts off in the opening number as a slow, sluggish oriental-like melody, which develops to take on a rock rhythm. High-speed and lovingly detailed flamenco such as is found in Splendido Sundance alternates with subtle rhythms (Two To Tango) and good-humoured lighter numbers with an electronic undertone such as Roller Jubilee and a funky version of Bert Kaempfert's Spanish Eyes. With this great mix, the musicians create a wonderful atmosphere in which every Latin aficionado will feel at home.

    Musicians:



    • Al Di Meola (guitar, cello, drums, percussion)

    • Chick Corea (piano)

    • Les Paul (guitar)

    • Jan Hammer (synthesizer)

    • Anthony Jackson (bass)

    • Mingo Lewis (conga, bongo, percussion

    • Philippe Saisse (keyboards, marimba)

    • Steve Gadd (drums)

    • Eddie Colon (percussion)




    Recording: 1979 at CBS Recording and Electric Lady Studios, New York, by Dave Palmer and Love Castle Studios, Los Angeles, by Bernie Kisch

    Production: Al Di Meola and Philip Roberge




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    LP 1
    1. Alien Chase On Arabian Desert
    2. Silent Story In Her Eyes

    3. Roller Jubilee
    4. Two To Tango
    5. Al Di's Dream Theme


    LP 2
    1. Dinner Music Of The Gods

    2. Splendido Sundance
    3. I Can Tell
    4. Spanish Eyes
    5. Isfahan
    6. Bianca's Midnight Lullaby

    Al Di Meola
    $64.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPS Sealed Buy Now
  • The Promise (Awaiting Repress) The Promise (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Promise (Awaiting Repress)


    • Play 33 1/3 Series


    • 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Pressed By MMP


    • Gatefold Jacket With Magic-Eye Graphic & Black Poly-Lined Inner Sleeves



    • Includes 8-Page Booklet


    • Project Designed & Sleeve Made By Khiov


    The 'Play 33 1/3 LP Series' is a Vinyl LP project including masterpiece albums which have never been released on LP. The albums are released by Universal Music Korea on LP for the first time and the heavyweight vinyl LP is pressed in Germany. Khiov designs the project, reforms the original artworks for the LP size and precisely made the sleeves.


    John McLaughlin's 1995 album was originally released on CD only on Verve Records. The cover features a Magic-Eye graphic that contains a hidden image. McLaughlin is joined by artists such as Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Michael Brecker and more!


    Originally issued in 1996 when he was 54, the Promise offers a summation of all the places John McLaughlin has been in his career, and points directly toward his future. Featuring a wide range of musicians including appearances by the Free Spirits, the Guitar Trio, and an electric version of Shakti, the Promise is easily the most wide-ranging and diverse offering of McLaughlin's long career. Its contents encompass everything from straight post-bop and swinging soul-jazz to fusion to modern takes on East Indian music as it meets the West. As if this weren't enough, there are even moments with spoken word laced throughout, such as a verse of Dante read by Stefania Bombi toward the end of his scorching, funky, soul-jazz number Thelonius Melodius with B-3 organist Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Dennis Chambers. The set kicks off with one of its finest moments, a guitar-to-guitar reading of John Lewis' Django with Jeff Beck (bassist Pino Palladino, drummer Mark Mondesir, and drummer Tony Hymas round it out). Beck's solo is first; it is expansive as it moves from a gorgeous restating of the melody through slinky harmonic extrapolations. McLaughlin's answer is ambitious and intuitive. They then move toward one another and the melody, complementing each other perfectly. El Ciego is a complex, flamenco-tinged jazz number with McLaughlin trading knotty lines and soulful solos with Al di Meola and Paco de Lucia. Jazz Jungle is late 20th century fusion at its blazing best with Michael Brecker, Chambers, Don Alias, James Genus, and Jim Beard beginning almost nebulously before ratcheting the tempo and idea palettes to dizzying heights (Brecker is particularly brilliant). The Wish, with Zakir Hussein, Nishat Khan, and Trilok Gurtu, looks deeply into Indian classical music balanced by a European gaze. McLaughlin's engagement with Khan's sitar creates nearly rapturous expression, all the while contained inside a texture that is as atmospheric as it is exotic. Shin Jin Rui employs the same band as Jazz Jungle, with the exception of the saxophone, played by David Sanborn. His playing is riskier than on his own records, his alto juxtaposed with McLaughlin's guitar, a study in funky, electric jazz modernism. The set closes with a lovely all-acoustic reading of Jimmy Rowles' The Peacocks with guitarist Phillipe Loi and bassist Yan Maresz, and a verse by Lorca read by Susana Beatrix as an end cap. Ultimately, the Promise stands as one of McLaughlin's towering achievements as a guitarist and leader.

    - Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)


    Musicians

    John McLaughlin: guitars, keyboards

    Don Alias: percussion

    Jim Beard: keyboards

    Jeff Beck: guitar

    Michael Brecker: saxophone

    Dennis Chambers: drums

    Vinnie Colaiuta: drums

    Joey DeFrancesco: organ, trumpet

    Paco De Lusica: guitar

    Al Di Meola: guitar

    Zakir Hussain: tabla

    Nishat Khna: sitar, vocals

    David Sanborn: saxophone

    Sting: bass

    LP 1
    1. Django
    2. Thelonious Melodius
    3. Amy and Joseph
    4. No Return
    5. El Ciego


    LP 2
    1. Jazz Jungle
    2. The Wish
    3. English Jam
    4. Tokyo Decadence
    5. Shin Jin Rui
    6. The Peacocks

    John McLaughlin
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Elegant Gypsy Elegant Gypsy Quick View

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    Elegant Gypsy

    Al DiMeola's second album Elegant Gypsy proved to become one of the defining albums in fusion. While being still a member of Return To Forever, DiMeola delivered his sophomore solo record after Land Of The Midnight Sun by collaborating with jazz rock giants Steve Gadd, Jan Hammer and Anthony Jackson. He even enlists Flamenco superstar Paco De Lucia on "Mediterranean Sundance", a song which predicts the style DiMeola would eventually evolve into: Latin tinged acoustic wizardry. Elegant Gypsy was certified Gold in the United States.
    1. Flight Over Rio
    2. Midnight Tango
    3. Mediterranean Sundance
    4. Race With Devil On Spanish Highway
    5. Lady Of Rome, Sister Of Brazil
    6. Elegant Gypsy Suite
    Al DiMeola
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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