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    Posted: January 12 2013 at 18:50
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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Al for me. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kati Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2013 at 18:55
Originally posted by Horizons Horizons wrote:

Al for me. 
 
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Easily Carlos, i just prefer his style way more.
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Originally posted by Mellotron Storm Mellotron Storm wrote:

Easily Carlos, i just prefer his style way more.
 
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DiMeola for me.
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Santana, though mostly for the highs not the overall career.
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well I like both but actually listened to Al way more---Carlos is great just too commercial for me---plus  Al is Italian and so am I-LOL
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Originally posted by Kati Kati wrote:

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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Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:

Santana, though mostly for the highs not the overall career.

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Reminding me that I need to listen to more of both of them...
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I find this one hard.  Di Meola's catalog is more progressive but when Santana is spot on, he's better than Al.  My wife and I don't have too many artists in common, but Santana's more recent venture into popland (Supernatural, etc.) are good common ground on road trips. :)

Al hasn't done anything as beautiful as Europa... 

Although if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear it. Big smile

I've got more Al than Carlos in my collection...

On a side note, fans of both should really check out Phil Manzanera's solo stuff...


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raccoon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2013 at 00:05
Great idea for a poll.. They both have that spanish flair to them... Hmm... Actually really tough!!

I'll go with Santana because album-wise Santana is more... complete. Everything goes together so well.. Al Di Meola has great individual songs.
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Of course both are phenomenal guitar players, the question is who moves me the most? and that would be Mr. Santana.
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No vote for me. Either can play a bad ass guitar. Both have left their mark on music, just in different genres. I wish that I could have seen either one play at one point in my life.
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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. 
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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. 
 
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Even though he is loosing this, Al DiMeola is way accomplished  guitarist than Carlos Santana.
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The only album I own by Al di Meola that really touches me on an emotional level, is the acoustic live album from San Francisco with John McLoughlin and Paco de Lucia, and that is mostly down to Paco actually.
I prefer Santana big time. My fave from him will always be Lotus
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Originally posted by Kati Kati wrote:

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 
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