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Poll Question: Al Di Meola vs Santana
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2013 at 22:19
As they say..."puro emoción!"
 
 
(Big fan of both Al and Carlos, natch...)
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote twosteves Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2013 at 22:31
I always wondered where Al ---an Italian boy from New Jersey---got his Latin chops---I mean he went to music school in Boston----not too Latin eitherSmile But his playing is sublime. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2013 at 22:45
Al D. just destroys Santana!  Oops, I revealed my vote....!  
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tied up -
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Originally posted by docall27 docall27 wrote:

Al.  Carlos was better in the 70s, more melodic, more feeling than Al...BUT, he never really went anywhere beyond that.  Al has grown more as a guitarist over the years IMO.
that's a very good point

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 14:15
Interesting poll.  I think that I would probably have to choose Santana as my favorite between the two based on being more familiar with him, but I've enjoyed the Al Di Meola albums that I have and recently purchased a couple of more of them.  I'm not familiar with Return to Forever though, so my mind could change once I get around to checking them out.
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Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

Originally posted by docall27 docall27 wrote:

Al.  Carlos was better in the 70s, more melodic, more feeling than Al...BUT, he never really went anywhere beyond that.  Al has grown more as a guitarist over the years IMO.
that's a very good point



Have to agree as well. Al was always more diverse in his playing anyway, even compared to Carlos in the 70s.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 14:35
Rushfan Hughmmm I never bought any RTF, I wasn't keen on them Unhappy first 4 or 5 Al albums are the best ones for me, not the recent ones. Some prefer the recent ones but it's different music.   Elegant Gypsy and Casino are favorites of mine. Also he was with Stomu Yamashta on the album "Go" in the late 70's. Friday Night in San Francisco too Thumbs Up
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Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music


god I love Corea's keyboard playing
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Return to Forever's "Romantic Warrior" was the first prog album I ever got into, so it has a special place in my heart. From a production standpoint, I think it's one of the best sounding albums from the 70s, regardless of genre, and the music kicks ass.

Try RTF's "Returns" (2009) album. Some great renditions of classic tunes, with some great improvisation.
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I bought a couple of RTF vinyls a little while back.  I just haven't listened to them yet.  I actually have a few Chick Corea albums too.  My favorite Al di Meola might be World Sinfonia II, which happened to be the first one of his that I bought.  Elegant Gypsy, Splendindo Hotel and Casino are all great too.  I also have Land Of The Midnight Sun, Orange and Blue, Scenario, and Tirami Su.  I've just not listened to many of these all that frequently.  Splendido Hotel, Casino, and Land of the Midnight Sun are all recent purchases.
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Brilliant no doubt Abraxas ApproveHug
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Originally posted by Sumdeus Sumdeus wrote:

Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music
god I love Corea's keyboard playing
Thumbs Up It's my favorite RTF album. Very unique.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:41
Originally posted by Sumdeus Sumdeus wrote:

Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music


god I love Corea's keyboard playing
Sumdeus anything you recommend i must listen and take notice for sure, thank you I will and revert and get back to you SmileHugHeart
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:43
Originally posted by sagichim sagichim wrote:

Originally posted by Sumdeus Sumdeus wrote:

Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music
god I love Corea's keyboard playing
Thumbs Up It's my favorite RTF album. Very unique.
Now I am most curious really and eager to listen!!! Hug
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Originally posted by Kati Kati wrote:

Originally posted by sagichim sagichim wrote:

Originally posted by Sumdeus Sumdeus wrote:

Kati I highly recommend the first RTF album! it has no Meola but some very beautiful music
god I love Corea's keyboard playing
Thumbs Up It's my favorite RTF album. Very unique.
Now I am most curious really and eager to listen!!! Hug

About the original question it is Al for me. Love Carlos for the most part but Di Meola is simply one of the best... frankly in a league nearly to himself. Many people can play Carlos's parts, the same can not be said for Al.

On RTF you have to remember they made music for such brief period and some of it can sound dated. Having said that they are one of my favorites and to those on the fence give the song The Romantic Warrior a spin. 4 Musicians at their absolute best... a perfect song to my ears!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2013 at 22:38
Santana but probably because I listened to his band in college and had all the early  lp's.....never really cared for Dimeola's solo music but his playing with Return To Forever is nice.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2013 at 05:04
Just locked the poll at 27 a piece voting for Santana
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BrufordFreak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2013 at 14:44
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Originally posted by Sumdeus Sumdeus wrote:

Al Di Meola is more technically skilled but Santana has always been one of my favorite guitarists and I would say makes better music. I find it hard to listen to too much Al Di Meola cause it's just so focused on being technical. 
 
You could not have expressed my own views more perfectly.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 29 2014 at 18:04
I have been listening to Carlos Santana pretty much ever since he hit the airwaves and have come to a greater appreciation of his playing in the last few years. At the same time, Big Al was one of the first non-rock guitarists I heard (the other being Pat Metheny); he blew me away then (a loooong time ago) and he still blows me away. Al gets my vote. BTW: Since this has been around for more than a year now, is anybody reading this? Send me a pm.
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