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Kiss My Axe


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A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner and virtuoso of the highest order, Di Meola has also been recognized over the past 30 years as a prolific composer and respected artist with over 20 recordings as a leader. His creative output to date is staggering, whether it's with his current World Sinfonia band or past musical endeavors like his electric Tour de Force group with Jan ... Read more in Amazon's Al Di Meola Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mesa / Bluemoon
  • ASIN: B0000034CJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. South Bound Traveler
2. The Embrace
3. Kiss My Axe
4. Morocco
5. Gigi's Playtime Rhyme (Interlude #1)
6. One Night Last June
7. Phantom
8. Erotic Interlude (Interlude #2)
9. Global Safari
10. Interlude #3
11. Purple Orchids
12. The Prophet (Interlude #4)
13. Oriana (September 24, 1988)

Customer Reviews

One of the best, if not THE best Al De Meola's discs.
Avi
There's "Global Safari", very much like the title track, a head, melody, and heavy guitar solo, with great drumming.
Brandon S.
The music doesn't always go where I expected it to go the first time I listened.
Paul M. Provencher

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of Al's best albums. Very cohesive in terms of mood, an very adventurous in terms of the places that it goes.

One reviewer mentioned that it was "Soft", if by soft you mean not alot of electric guitar and power chords blaring then yes it is "soft".

If you need "hard" then get a Yngwie Malmsteen, Symphony X or other metal album. You definately will not find the items produced on this album there.

This ablum is about adventure and romance. It goes into some very interesting places. It has a mature feel to it - textures are luxurious and all the compositions are cohesive - par for the course with Al.

Most songs are composed by Al with one from Chick Corea and one from Barry Miles - who plays keyboard on the album.

The title song has a definate "attitude" and style which you will only find with Al.

If you like Al then this album is a must.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Star Thrower on June 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The people saying negative things about this album are either musically ignorant or unattentive listeners. Kiss My Axe is full of very sophisticated, melodic compositions with great playing, and the production is first rate. The album title is Al's response to various record company executives who refused to even listen to the record while Al was shopping it around for a label. To say DiMeola's playing is cold and technical is a cheap shot from people who don't really listen. This cd contains some of Al's finest compositions such as One Night Last June, Morocco, and The Embrace. Great music!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Keating on January 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
While I too think Elegant Gypsy is Al's finest moment, his other work has always been a musical pleasure. His Winter Nights is simply superb. Electric Rendezvous short but sweet! Casino is as close to Gypsy as can be. Kiss My Axe is also worth the money and your time to give it a listen. If you like a variety of styles intermingled - here's the happy meal! Blazing guitar, gut wrenching bass on some of the tunes. Light and airy on others.

In following Mr. Dimeola's career, there seems to be a maturity in his work-While Gypsy is a simply a marvel in its blazing guitar work - each piece is technical bliss and speed! The works thereafter have been all about change -evolution if you will. The man still has the chops, but it's tempered and controlled. Youth to experience is the best analogy I can make here. It is obvious that he wants to stretch his music in other styles - not specifically jazz fusion.

I will continue to purchase his work simply because it has never failed to entertain me. Mr. Dimeola is simply one of the best of the best. One other reviewer wrote something to the effect "surely the Master knows more than his admirers!" I think there is a grain of truth in that remark. Each work that this man has done has been a step in his musical journey-I, for one, am glad he's allowed me the opportunity to walk with him along the way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Howard L Lambert on December 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The majority of the tracks are full blown collaborations and are excellent!!

A few of the dispensable tracks on this CD are Al's solo recordings - on these, he basically messes around with electronic keyboards, drums and acoustic guitar over some chord changes (fortunately, these "Interludes" are short).

4 and 1/2 stars...rounded up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Provencher VINE VOICE on December 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. Even after all these years I still like to toggle it up on my iPod and indulge myself in some of the best guitar available on record.

Like a fair number of Al recordings, this one required a few "training runs" for me - it's not accessible on the first or second listening. The music doesn't always go where I expected it to go the first time I listened.

Once trained, I found I craved this album at times when the music fit with what was going on in and around me. It's a definite "must have" for fans of Al Dimeola electric guitar, and the beginning of the trend toward other forms that he would explore in the years that followed the release of this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Sacek on January 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
When Al Di Meola had an angry falling out with his record label, he went off on his own and produced the fantastic and wonderful album titled Kiss My Axe. The album title was directed at the people who he came to regard with contempt. You can see by the cover how he's dressed like a mob boss wielding an axe, telling us he's the one in control; he's got the power and the women.

Ever since I first heard this album 20-years ago, it struck me as his finest work. It was recorded at the height of his guitar discipline and creativity. I still believe he has not yet outdone this grand opus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cigarro on March 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A fantastic offering by Al Dimeola.
This recording was voted Best Jazz Guitar Album by Guitar Player Magazine in 1992.
A complex and diverse album that intrigues and delights with every listen.

Every time I put this on i'm taken back to road trips i took from Northern California down thru Death Valley and into Arizona. I played it over and over.

Al Dimeola is a true master. He stretches the boundaries from fusion to classical to world music. he takes chances and is not afraid to follow his heart. We should all be so lucky.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Rendall on September 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have 7 of Al's recordings and this is my favorite. He created a recording beyond it's time and certainly outside of the usual compared to his other CD's. It's one of my favorite CD's out of several hundred. Check out Wold Sinfonia if you would like another excellent but different Al Di Meola CD. The two recordings with the guitar trio are also exceptional. This is a CD much like Pat Metheny's Sitll Life Talking. It's wonderful art and I don't get tired of listening to either of them... even after 18 years.
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