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    Posted: October 23 2005 at 23:41

Hi, I know Al Dimeola through 2 albums : Elegant Gypsy (absolute masterpiece, I just couldn't stop typing when I was writing my review) and Cielo E Terra (a good and relaxing acoustic record with a unique style).

What are the essential albums from this genius?

 

This thread can also be used as an appreciation thread for Al Di Meola.

Thanks for adding this man to the progarchives.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 23 2005 at 23:48

Land of The Midnight Sun and Splendido Hotel!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 23 2005 at 23:58

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what a great album. complex melodies yet beautiful, great developing - much more than the usual jazz-rock, exelent musicians, pay attantion to the percussions!

most of the album is electric, yet there is one piece of accustic guitar - short suite devided into 3 parst, with percussions - YUMMI !!!!!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2005 at 07:37
What about the album, called "the last jazz rock album" (debatable) when it was first released: Scenario. Perhaps more accurately this can be called an Al Dimeola/Jan Hammer album, because on DiMeola allows Hammer equal billing on the tracks he plays (but former MO's Jan Hammer had been a regular on all ADiM albums up to this point), (coincidently Tony Williams also gives Hammer a similar amount of space on his album Joy Of Flying, ditto Jeff Beck), plus Bill Bruford and Phil Collins provide drums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2005 at 11:18
elegant gypsy, casino, splendido hotel, world sinfonia.
my favorite is splendido hotel.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2005 at 11:21
How about Anthology (1975-1982). Do you believe is a compilition of greatest hits???
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2005 at 15:07

which is essential listening?

all of them! genius!

 

which ever you buy next.............enjoy!!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 24 2005 at 15:33
Today I have reviewed Anthology for this site, in my opinion it is one of the best and most comprehensive progrock compilations ever released!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 01 2005 at 17:57

       

           Elegant Gypsy 1977 (he is!) a masterpiece

           Land of the Midnight Sun 1976

           Soarching through a Dream 1985 , forget Cielo e Terra because this very similar but much

                more interesting!

          

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2005 at 06:48

Originally posted by Dick Heath

What about the album, called "the last jazz rock album" (debatable) when it was first released: Scenario. Perhaps more accurately this can be called an Al Dimeola/Jan Hammer album, because on DiMeola allows Hammer equal billing on the tracks he plays (but former MO's Jan Hammer had been a regular on all ADiM albums up to this point), (coincidently Tony Williams also gives Hammer a similar amount of space on his album Joy Of Flying, ditto Jeff Beck), plus Bill Bruford and Phil Collins provide drums.

 

Just want to correct something, having been reminded that the request was for essential Al Dimeola recordings. What I've suggested is not essential IMHO but occasionally goes into the player, in fact the only thing I've played in the last 12 months is very specifically the duo he did with Steve Vai: Race With the Devil On Spanish Highway, so I don't have a deperate need for a DiMeola diet.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2005 at 21:54

Originally posted by kunangkunangku

elegant gypsy, casino, splendido hotel, world sinfonia.
my favorite is splendido hotel.

I would also recommend those albums but would also put Kiss My Axe on that list.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 04 2005 at 22:56
In addition to his own work, I would highly recommend the Go albums (live in Paris is really nice, and expansive).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2008 at 11:19
Casino is essential, as well as his first and second albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2008 at 12:27
I have all of his '70's solo stuff, I think.  The newest one I have The Infinite Desire (1998) is quite good.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2008 at 13:12

the triad Elegant Gipsy, Casino and Splendido Hotel is a must have!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2008 at 16:40
Originally posted by Andrea Cortese

the triad Elegant Gipsy, Casino and Splendido Hotel is a must have!



I'd like to add "Heart of the Immigrants" to that.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2008 at 22:44
 ^ absolutely, in fact all the World Sinfonia albums are superb, especially The Grande Passion.. I would also second Scenario though it was a big departure for him into electronic-based music, and Tirami Su, the sister album to Cielo E Terra, is excellent
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2008 at 23:21
I love pretty much all of what he does. His latest and it's a good one is Consequences of Chaos. I recommend it. It also has a host of heavy weight musicians on it.
Saw Return To Forever live in Vancouver this past Monday with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and of course Al Di Meola. What a treat of a show.
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