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ANTHOLOGY (1975-1982)

Al Di Meola

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2000

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Disc 1:
1. Land Of The Midnight Sun (9.13)
2. Suite: Golden Dawn (9.50)
3. Race With Devil On Spanish Highway (6.17)
4. Elegant Gypsy Suite (9.14)
5. Senor Mouse (7.22)
6. Casino (9.30)
7. Medley: Short Tales Of The Black Forest/Fantasia suite for two guitars (11.08) *
8. The Wizard (10.25) *

Disc 2:
1. Alien Chase On Arabian Desert (8.59)
2. Dinner Music Of The Gods (8.34)
3. Bianca's Midnight Lullaby (1.57)
4. God Bird Change (3.55)
5. Electric Rendezvous (7.52)
6. Nena (Live) (5.00)
7. Egyptian Dance (Live) (5.41
8. Crusin' (Live) (5.25)
9. Island Dreamer (4.06)
10. Sequencer (4.08)
11. Al Di's Dream Theme (9.24) *
12. Theme To The Mothership (8.04) *

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Line-up / Musicians

Al Di Meola/Electric - and acoustic guitars, timbales, percussion, Fylde mando-cello, maracas, ARP string-ensemble, acoustic piano
Simon Phillips/Drums
Eddie Colon/Percussion, timbales and roto-tom
Steve Gadd/Drums
Robert Gonzales/Drums
Anthony Jackson/Bass guitar
Tim Landers/Electric bass
Mingo Lewis/Percussion and conga
Phil Collins/Drums
Jan Hammer/Fairlight CM1, electric piano, Minimoog and drums
Alphonse Mouzon/Drums
Jaco Pastorius/Electric bass
Barry Miles/Electric piano, Yamaha organ, Minimoog and timbales
Lenny White/Drums
Philippe Saisse/Keyboards and marimba
Vlodek Gulgowski/Electric piano and synthesizer

Releases information

Columbia Records C2K 63556
This is a 2-CD compilation that covers the classic years 1975-1982 featuring 4 previously unreleased tracks (*)

Thanks to erik neuteboom for the addition
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Review by erik neuteboom
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5 stars I have just added this very comprehensive 2-CD compilation to the site because it is a perfect introduction to Al Di Meola, I presume the recent 5 stars ratings for the "Elegant gypsy" album must have evoked some excitement for those progheads who are not familiar to the music from Al Di Meola! This compilation spans the time between 1975 and 1982, his most interesting period. Al Di Meola his guitar sound is very spectacular: fiery, powerful and often very speedy featuring howling and biting soli, propulsive riffs, exciting accellarations and his distinctive 'deading of the strings', GREAT! He used to work with known and virtuosic musicians, from Jan Hammer and Jaco Pastorius to Simon Phillips and Phil Collins!

"Anthology" contains all the 'classic' tracks like "Land Of The Midnight Sun" (swinging and dynamic with splendid interplay between guitar, electric piano and the rhythm section, an exciting percussive break and a captivating duel between the Minimoog and guitar), "Race With Devil On Spanish Highway" (spectacular propulsive rhythm and catchy guitar riffs and swirling interplay between guitar and keyboards), "Elegant Gypsy Suite" (wonderful Spanish flavor with acoustic guitar and string-ensemble from Al Di Meola), "Medley: Short Tales Of The Black Forest/Fantasia suite for two guitars" (virtuosic interplay between acoustic guitar, marimba and electric piano), "Alien Chase On Arabian Desert" (spectacular Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer sound and a sultry climate delivering a sensational duel between the guitar and Minimoog), "God Bird Change" (swinging and dynamic rhythm with again great interplay between electric guitar, keyboards and percussion and an exciting percussive break on conga's from Mingo Lewis), "Electric Rendezvous" (sensational atmosphere, very catchy and dynamic featuring howling electric guitar and flashy Minimoog flights from Jan Hammer), "Egyptian Dance-live" (also very dynamic and exciting) and "Crusin'-live" (sounds like The Mahavishnu Orchestra delivering splendid work from Al Di Meola and Jan Hammer). The track "Sequencer" features fiery electric guitar and Jan Hammer on the famous Fairlight computer delivering a catchy sequencer sound, this evokes the time that Jan Hammer worked with Jeff Beck on "Wired". On the short "Bianca's midnight lullaby" Al Di Meola plays romantic acoustic guitar. This compilation includes four previously unreleased tracks, the final two on CD2 are recorded in Holland in 1982 ("Al Di's Dream Theme" and "Theme To The Mothership").

IF YOU ARE UP TO EXCITING PROGRESSIVE JAZZROCK/FUSION WITH SENSATIONAL GUITAR AND KEYBOARD WORK, THIS 2-CD IS A MUST!!

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Review by Starhammer
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3 stars Mothership: The theme to...

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.

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