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ANTHOLOGY (1975-1982)

Al Di Meola

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.00 | 8 ratings

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Starhammer
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A snapshot of the legendary fusion guitarist's early solo work.

The Good: First off, this is a compilation. I usually tend to avoid them, or at least approach with a very long stick. However, unlike "Greatest Hits" which are ultimately just somebodies often disputed opinion due to their lenience towards more commercial tracks, "Anthologies" tend to provide a more balanced overview and work well as an introduction to the discovery of prolific bands and artists. This album is a shining example of this, and a great starting point for those unfamiliar with Al Di Meola.

Like most compilations, it has added extras to tempt pre-existing fans into listening and these arrive in the form of four bonus tracks. Three of them are pretty cool but one is an absolute gem! In fact Medley: Short Tales of the Black Forest/Fantasia Suite is so good that I refuse to remove this album from my music collection, despite having most of the other tracks on their corresponding studio releases.

The Bad: It's a compilation album so removes songs from their intended setting.

The Verdict: Will be appreciated by fans both old and new.

Starhammer | 3/5 |

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