AL DI MEOLA

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Al Di Meola's highly celebrated career has spanned a wide range of emotions into a unique style embodying the artists world inspired influences. From the velocity and heat of his early solo efforts to the challenge and triumph of the "Di Meola / McLaughlin / De Lucia (Guitar Trio)", from the Brazilian explorations of "Cielo e Terra" and "Soaring Through A Dream" to the global romanticism and Tango inflection of Al's acoustic group "World Synfonia" (self titled debut) and the 2nd "World Sinfonia" recording Heart of the Immigrants.

From the beginning of his solo career, where records like "Land of the Midnight Sun", "Elegant Gypsy" and "Casino", were amongst the highest selling records of any instrumental artist at that time. Al Di Meola continues to make, with respect, startling achievements in music pioneering while the decline of U.S. radio continues to elude most interesting contemporary music.

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AL DI MEOLA Discography

AL DI MEOLA albums / top albums

AL DI MEOLA Land of the Midnight Sun album cover 3.88 | 23 ratings
Land of the Midnight Sun
Fusion 1976
AL DI MEOLA Elegant Gypsy album cover 4.13 | 35 ratings
Elegant Gypsy
Fusion 1977
AL DI MEOLA Casino album cover 3.37 | 17 ratings
Casino
Fusion 1978
AL DI MEOLA Splendido Hotel album cover 3.07 | 10 ratings
Splendido Hotel
Fusion 1980
AL DI MEOLA Electric Rendezvous album cover 2.55 | 10 ratings
Electric Rendezvous
Fusion 1982
AL DI MEOLA Scenario album cover 2.57 | 4 ratings
Scenario
Fusion 1983
AL DI MEOLA Cielo e terra album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Cielo e terra
Fusion 1985
AL DI MEOLA Soaring Through A Dream album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Soaring Through A Dream
Fusion 1985
AL DI MEOLA Tirami Su album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Tirami Su
Fusion 1987
AL DI MEOLA Kiss My Axe album cover 3.12 | 4 ratings
Kiss My Axe
Fusion 1991
AL DI MEOLA World Sinfonia album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
World Sinfonia
World Fusion 1991
AL DI MEOLA World Sinfonia - Heart Of The Immigrants album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
World Sinfonia - Heart Of The Immigrants
World Fusion 1993
AL DI MEOLA Orange and Blue album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Orange and Blue
World Fusion 1994
AL DI MEOLA Di Meola Plays Piazzolla album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Di Meola Plays Piazzolla
World Fusion 1996
AL DI MEOLA The Infinite Desire album cover 2.50 | 2 ratings
The Infinite Desire
World Fusion 1998
AL DI MEOLA Winter Nights album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Winter Nights
World Fusion 1999
AL DI MEOLA The Grande Passion- World Sinfonia album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
The Grande Passion- World Sinfonia
World Fusion 2000
AL DI MEOLA Flesh on Flesh album cover 3.67 | 6 ratings
Flesh on Flesh
World Fusion 2003
AL DI MEOLA Cosmopolitan Life album cover 2.90 | 5 ratings
Cosmopolitan Life
World Fusion 2005
AL DI MEOLA Consequence of Chaos album cover 3.29 | 7 ratings
Consequence of Chaos
World Fusion 2006
AL DI MEOLA Vocal Rendezvous album cover 1.17 | 3 ratings
Vocal Rendezvous
World Fusion 2006
AL DI MEOLA Diabolic Inventions and Seduction for Solo Guitar, Volume I, Music of Astor Piazzolla album cover 1.74 | 4 ratings
Diabolic Inventions and Seduction for Solo Guitar, Volume I, Music of Astor Piazzolla
World Fusion 2007
AL DI MEOLA Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody album cover 3.20 | 5 ratings
Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody
World Fusion 2011
AL DI MEOLA All Your Life album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
All Your Life
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2013
AL DI MEOLA Elysium album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Elysium
World Fusion 2015
AL DI MEOLA Opus album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Opus
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2018

AL DI MEOLA EPs & splits

AL DI MEOLA live albums

AL DI MEOLA Friday Night in San Francisco (with  John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia) album cover 4.22 | 12 ratings
Friday Night in San Francisco (with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia)
World Fusion 1981
AL DI MEOLA Tour De Force - 3.83 | 6 ratings
Tour De Force - "Live"
Fusion 1982
AL DI MEOLA World Sinfonia: Live In London 1991 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
World Sinfonia: Live In London 1991
World Fusion 2007
AL DI MEOLA Al Di Meola / Eszter Horgas : He & Carmen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Al Di Meola / Eszter Horgas : He & Carmen
World Fusion 2008
AL DI MEOLA La Melodia: World Sinfonia Live In Milano album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
La Melodia: World Sinfonia Live In Milano
World Fusion 2008
AL DI MEOLA World Sinfonia-Live From Seattle And Elsewhere album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
World Sinfonia-Live From Seattle And Elsewhere
World Fusion 2009
AL DI MEOLA Live At the North Sea Jazz Festival album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Live At the North Sea Jazz Festival
World Fusion 2012
AL DI MEOLA Live 95 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 95
World Fusion 2016
AL DI MEOLA Morocco Fantasia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Morocco Fantasia
World Fusion 2017
AL DI MEOLA Elegant Gypsy & More album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elegant Gypsy & More
Fusion 2018

AL DI MEOLA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

AL DI MEOLA re-issues & compilations

AL DI MEOLA Rhapsody Of Fire (The Best Of Al Di Meola) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rhapsody Of Fire (The Best Of Al Di Meola)
Fusion 1986
AL DI MEOLA Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Fusion 1990
AL DI MEOLA Ritmo de la Noche album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ritmo de la Noche
Fusion 1990
AL DI MEOLA The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
Fusion 1991
AL DI MEOLA The Best of Al Di Meola: The Manhattan Years album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of Al Di Meola: The Manhattan Years
Fusion 1992
AL DI MEOLA The Essence of Al DiMeola album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essence of Al DiMeola
Fusion 1994
AL DI MEOLA Electric Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Electric Anthology
Fusion 1995
AL DI MEOLA Acoustic Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Acoustic Anthology
Fusion 1995
AL DI MEOLA This Is Jazz 31 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
This Is Jazz 31
Fusion 1997
AL DI MEOLA Anthology album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology
Fusion 2000
AL DI MEOLA Fugata album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fugata
Fusion 2002
AL DI MEOLA Revisited album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Revisited
Fusion 2003
AL DI MEOLA Splendido Hotel + Electric Rendezvous album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Splendido Hotel + Electric Rendezvous
Fusion 2010
AL DI MEOLA Elegant Gypsy/Casino album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Elegant Gypsy/Casino
Fusion 2010
AL DI MEOLA Tour De Force – “Live”/Scenario album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tour De Force – “Live”/Scenario
Fusion 2011
AL DI MEOLA Cielo e Terra/Soaring Through A Dream/Tirami Su album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cielo e Terra/Soaring Through A Dream/Tirami Su
Fusion 2015

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Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Bireli Lagrene (The Super Guitar Trio) Live At Nightstage in Cambridge
World Fusion 1990
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One Of These Nights
World Fusion 2004
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Live At Montreux 1986 -1993
World Fusion 2006
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Speak a Volcano Return to Electric Guitar
Fusion 2007
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Al Di Meola with Eszter Horgas & Orchestra: Carmen
World Fusion 2010
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Morocco Fantasia
World Fusion 2011

AL DI MEOLA Reviews

AL DI MEOLA Casino

Album · 1978 · Fusion
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Miler72
I can understand why I stayed away from Al Di Meola solo albums, but looking back, this is a prime example not to judge a book by its cover. 1978's Casino is his third solo album, which sports such a tasteless cover you may expect some horrific lounge jazz/fuzak, but I am happy to say it's nothing of the sort. He continues on the same Latin/flamenco fusion he explored on Elegant Gypsy, so that means if you like that album, you'll have no problem with Casino, although I don't feel the album really brings anything new to the table that he didn't already do on Elegant Gypsy. A good deal of the album bears more than a passing resemblance to Santana, I guess Di Meola was inspired by albums like Caravanserai, Welcome and Borboletta enough to record albums in a somewhat similar style. While I enjoy those Santana albums, I tend to have problems with some of the vocal songs, and Al Di Meola avoids that problem by making it all instrumental (although Land of the Midnight Sun did feature one vocal track, it was surprisingly nice). "Fantasia for Two Guitars" is one of those all-flamenco guitar pieces he tends to include on his albums, but the rest of the album has various help from various musicians, including Mingo Lewis, who, unsurprisingly played in Santana. There's also a version of Chick Corea's "Senor Mouse", which a version was recorded by Return to Forever off their 1973 album Hymns of the Seventh Galaxy. The RTF version naturally didn't feature Di Meola's guitar playing, but instead Bill Connors. Still this version is quite recognizable, but I imagine RTF performing this piece live quite a bit with Di Meola on board. At first I was a bit dismissive of Casino, but gave it another listen and found it actually an excellent album and worth having if you enjoy Latin fusion.

AL DI MEOLA Land of the Midnight Sun

Album · 1976 · Fusion
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Miler72
Having been blown away by Return to Forever's Romantic Warrior (an album that literally took me years to warm up to, though, but once I did...) and Lenny White's Venusian Summer, I went and tried Al Di Meola's debut album, Land of the Midnight Sun. Like Lenny White's Venusian Summer, he doesn't hire a steady band, just whatever musicians want to appear, but Mingo Lewis of Santana (of the Caravanserai/Welcome/Borboletta-era), Jaco Pastorius, Steve Gadd, Stanley Clarke, even Chick Corea, and others appear. The first two cuts sound a whole lot like Romantic Warrior-era RTF meets Santana, which is no surprise given the members involved. He does a unaccompanied Bach piece on acoustic guitar, and do an atmospheric spacy prog number "Love them from 'Pictures of the Sea'". Surprisingly Stanley Clarke provides vocals here in that spacy prog manner, which does this piece justice. "Morning Fire" is a multi-movement suite, but it's basically one long jam with tons of fretless bass playing from Jaco Pastorius. In fact this was a big reason he ended up a member of Weather Report and became a valuable asset to the band. The last piece is largely Chick Corea on piano and Al Di Meola on guitar, and a rather relaxed piece.

This is truly a great album of Latin-influenced fusion, that I can highly recommend to those who enjoy Return to Forever (naturally) and fusion-era Santana.

AL DI MEOLA Land of the Midnight Sun

Album · 1976 · Fusion
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siLLy puPPy
After his stint with Chic Corea in Return To Forever reached its natural evolutionary conclusion, AL DI MEOLA decided the band had reached its apex and took off for a promising solo career at the age of 22. On his debut album LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN that came out the same year as “Romantic Warrior” he really got to show his stuff. Whereas in the Return To Forever role he was limited to the whims of band leader Chic Corea, on this debut he shines in full solo spender and displays his knack for not only playing guitar at the speed of light making him one of the few 70s shredders, but also illuminated his talents in creating long drawn out multi-part compositions as heard on the astounding three part epic “Suite Golden Dawn.”

While this is a AL DI MEOLA album through and through, he did have a little help with his friends from Return To Forever as well as other musical maestros with each contributing on different tracks, only this time HE was the band leader and got to lead the way. The album starts off with the Santana-esque “The Wizard” which is a percussive laden drum frenzy which introduces the world to DI MEOLA’s unique world of jazz-fusion with his gypsy ethnic flair that shows his blossoming interest in Latin rhythms, Mediterranean cultures and flamenco. While the second title track is a nine minute plus jazz-fusion behemoth that is pretty damned good and displays some veritable guitar maestrohood, it is without a doubt side two of the original vinyl release which constitutes the just shy of ten minute “Suite Golden Dawn” and the closing “Short Tales Of The Black Forest” that are the true masterpieces of this debut release.

On these last two tracks we get some of the most versatile and beautifully constructed guitar music that emerged from the 70s. “Suite Golden Dawn” starts off with that frenetic “Heart Of The Sunrise” feel from Yes and makes me think of what Yes would have sounded like had they gone in the full-on jazz-fusion direction. The track then meanders into soft and loud passages that alternate in perfect harmony until its end. There are also parts that bring the excellent “Fire Garden Suite” by Steve Vai to mind which shows how influential DI MEOLA’s technical prowess and compositional skills would be so influential for guitar virtuosos that followed. The finale “Short Tales Of The Black Forest” sounds like a mini Return To Forever reunion with Chic Corea providing both piano and marimba and easily sounds like it could have been slipped on to the “Romantic Warrior” album and no one would notice. While the rest of the album doesn’t quite live up to the brilliance of the second half of the album, the first is quite the entertaining affair save the rather ho hum attempt at a J.S. Bach sonata in the form of “Sarabande” but at 1:20 hardly the focus of the album. Overall, great debut that would springboard DI MEOLA into greater heights.

AL DI MEOLA Elegant Gypsy

Album · 1977 · Fusion
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Warthur
Al Di Meola uses Spanish and Latin musical influences to provide a texture to this expansive exploration of his guitar skills. To my ears, it's a pleasant but not brilliant listen, and I think this might partially because it's very much a product of its time; the Latin-flavoured fusion approach here had already become pretty tired at the hands of Santana and since then has become very well-explored, and the production quality feels dated to me even though I imagine if you listened to it at the time it would have felt very modern. On top of that, I just don't find Al's guitar playing very revolutionary, and I'm sure that's because a million and one guitarists have taken up his ideas and popularised them, but I've already heard those other guitarists and I (and most music listeners my age) can't un-hear them before coming to this album.

AL DI MEOLA Electric Rendezvous

Album · 1982 · Fusion
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seyo
This is a good fusion album with many excellent instrumental passages, even though this is a type of music that can be described as "cold" and "technical".

Side A is more electric in instrumentation, while side B contains largely acoustic arrangements and in comparison is less strong than the former. Di Meola on guitar and Jan Hammer on keyboards are brilliant although sometimes they indulge too much into soloing. It is very pleasant album to listen to, especially if you are a fusion fan, but it can be demanding for others. It contains several beautiful melodies and Latino Jazz influences. Good album but not terribly important for jazz-rock scene.

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