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Poll Question: Al Di Meola vs Santana
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    Posted: June 16 2013 at 14:44
Originally posted by Hercules

Originally posted by Sumdeus

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.

Ditto.
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Just locked the poll at 27 a piece voting for Santana
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Post Options Post Options   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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Originally posted by Kati

Originally posted by sagichim

Originally posted by Sumdeus

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   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:43
Originally posted by sagichim

Originally posted by Sumdeus

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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Post Options Post Options   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:41
Originally posted by Sumdeus

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   Quote Sagichim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:38
Originally posted by Sumdeus

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   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 16:35
Brilliant no doubt Abraxas ApproveHug
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 15:23
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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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 15:12
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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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sumdeus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 14:58
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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Post Options Post Options   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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Post Options Post Options   Quote darkshade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2013 at 14:23
Originally posted by Atavachron

Originally posted by docall27

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   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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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2013 at 23:11
Originally posted by docall27

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   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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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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As they say..."puro emoción!"
 
 
(Big fan of both Al and Carlos, natch...)
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gents Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2013 at 04:48
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Who do you prefer, this is hard because I was completely taken by Santana with Abraxas album and once I heard Al Di Meola's Race with the Devil on a Spanish Highway from Elegant Gypsy album I was blown away whooohaaa!!!!!! Al is El Magico for me, my favorite and who do you like most? Smile 
P.S. Abraxas is also interesting because it was one of the only albums ever released in quadrophonic. Dark side was another!  
 
 
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I silently wondered if this is mutual...Tongue
 
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Master DiMeola's guitaristic prowess has a certain tendency to degenerate into rather pointless jingle-jangle which is sometimes quite hard to endure for my sensitive ears. On the other hand, Santana's music doesn't make me go bananas either, but I prefer it enough to give him my vote.
 



oh, how I wish.............i don't bite much as you would think from my avatar.....only if necesary

still in love......but i'll try............

There is no doubt that Al is great guitarist tehnically but I just can't ''feel'' him. For me he's just sterile and flat. Nothing changes inside me. On the other hand when I put Santana I instantlly feel the wormth and energy that suites me ooooo so well. So much energy and head banging. With Al I feel cold. But that's just me. Who knows maybe that someday will change (maybe I'll move to Mozambique......i mean....erhhh).
You never know what tomorrow will bring........
 
Lol Gents, hahaahaha you charming cheeky one Big smile listen to the track above that I posted, hocus pocus listen... ok that's the wrong band but whaaahaaaaaaaa this is so good Al Magico convinced me right here and there Smile 




ooohhhh........she knows my name....i'm melting.....and with your switching poses....i just can't stand it.....and you like Focus.......and I like Focus........it's just too much

i have listened to it and i'm sorry it's just doesn't get to me........it doesn't mean it's not great.........it is .......maybe he is just  trying too hard.......sorry no feelings for me.........maybe some day........or night....
it's true that you can be hooked on someone by hearing just one song....it happened to me numerous times

one of my favourites............it blows me awaay


 
hahahahaha!! Gents no problem, but my mission now is to convince you Approve yes Al is very technical brilliant but not cold really, unlike Santana which is most known for Black Magic Women (track original from Peter Green) Al is just too good, really Approve




sorry for being away a bit................i like converters specially so gorgeus as you.......
i don't know santana just for black magic woman and i know it's green's track and btw i like green's version better
hmmmm. undoubtedly Al is pure genius no question....but i still lack something to grab me with him........
maybe your hugs.....errr i mean posts will....looking forward
sometimes it needs time and just a special something to click you to someone.....this moment with Al I still didn't get
looking forward to your convincing..............
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