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Land of the Midnight Sun

Al Di MeolaAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMYXC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Wizard
2. Land of the Midnight Sun
3. Sarabande from Violin Sonata in B Minor
4. Love Theme from "Pictures of the Sea"
5. Suite-Golden Dawn: Morning Fire/Calmer of the Tempests/From Ocean ...
6. Short Tales of the Black Forest

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendido! Guitarissimo! April 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Born in July '54, DiMeola was little more than 21 when he recorded this, his debut. There are a few rock cliches scattered across this album, but the standard of musicianship is dauntingly high. This is precisely what Carlos Santana ought to have progressed to after 'Caravanserai'. But could he have done it, because DiMeola was unquestionably the most proficient young guitarist ot come out of the States for a long time. He had the lot: sharp staccato passages that crackle like machine-gun fire, high searing solos with notes that twist and turn as he bends them, and a sensitive but all-pervading acoustic guitar style.
This album has a strong latin flavour running through most of it, caused by the presence of Al's chum Mingo Lewis on congas, who makes the album flow almost as much as Al does. And there's almost an embarrassment of riches among the supporting musicians present -- Pastorius, Clarke, Corea ...
The only negative about this album is the strength of the compositions -- there are just too many standard rock licks here -- but Al would become more consistent with the following year's 'Elegant Gypsy'. But for me, Al had already written his best tune: 'Flight of the Newborn' on Return to Forever's 'No Mystery' is one of those tracks I can never tire of, and I've known it for a quarter of a century. Personally I feel Al is better when he doesn't have the pressure of being forced to lead a band -- that's why his three albums with RtF are so magnificent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Al's best - he peaked early! December 12, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There's a well-worn cliche about artists who try to match their first effort, but to no avail. That's the case with Al. I have heard most all of his 1970s and 80s work, and frankly it doesn't match this, his first solo effort, recorded when he was his early 20s. As his career wore on, Al got bogged down in a lot of embarrassing bombast and overproduced messes. Not so here. The guitar playing is fierce, funky and tasteful; he makes nice use of his patented "percolater" effect, damping the strings with his wrist and using the guitar almost as a percussion instrument, which goes along well with the latin/rock/funk compositions and the presence of Mingo Lewis, the percussionist. Unlike later work the compositions are tight and show some restraint. There is a nice "macho" air throughout. All in all it is a perfect guitar record, right up there with the best of them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are masters..and there are students.. March 29, 2006
By Antony
Format:Audio CD
I remember what happened to me when i first listened to it.I was blown away.Everything changed that day.I thought i knew so much about guitar playing..and then Al came.This album together with the next one 'Elegant Gypsy' reflect alone the glorious and creative time of the 70's.It is so hard to find something similar nowadays,and to be honest we don't want to.Those days were unique,noone can turn back time.Musically this is beyond every imagination.Al was the most charismatic electric-guitar player of the 70's.Not only he played fast but he was a great composer also.That is what seperates true musicians from the fast-fake ones.Along with his marvelous-gifted companions they do whatever they like with their instruments.They give us a hard-electric-latin-tango-blues-classical-fusion spectacle and they welcome us to join their world.A good lesson for youngers..respect for the old ones..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Times of Fusion April 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This Cd captures the essence of the glory 70s Fusion area. It's a teriffic solo debut album by guitar phenomen Al Di Meola who not just shows his jaw dropping technique, but also great compositions and musicianship. The album dated very well and is an important landmark masterpiece of the wonderful 70s Fusion area - the album also features many other Fusion Gods at their prime time: Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorious, Alphonse Mouzon, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Anthony Jackson, Mingo Lewis and Steve Gadd.

"Wizard", "Land Of the Midnight Sun" and especially "Golden Dawn Suite" ( outstanding performance by Al Di Meola, Jaco Pastorious and Alphonse Mouzon) are Fusion classics.

A must have for fusion fans and guitarists!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DiMeola Impresses in Jam Session with Pastorius December 8, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Suite Golden Dawn", the multiple-part song featuring bass genius Jaco Pastorius, highlights DiMeola's speed and technical skill, while allowing Pastorius a few patented groove statements. Stanley Clarke is also on the album, but his playing cannot compare to Jaco's. This album makes you wish DiMeola were in Weather Report -- or that Jaco were in Return to Forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to Al's impressive career May 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Not quite as polished as Elegant Gypsy or Splendido Hotel, this is nonetheless and impressive debut album.
One of the benefits of this album is that it features Jaco Pastorius on bass (his only album with Jaco)... it is true that Al played with Stanley Clarke with RTF but in my opinion Clarke is a distant 2nd to Jaco as far as fusion bassists go.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Al DiMeola - One of the Greatest of All Time August 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard Al Dimeola was in Junior High (1975). Ever since I have been blown away by the talent and virtuosity of this excellent composer and guitarist.
Apart from his sheer speed and smooth clean playing, Al Dimeola creates music which has feeling and leaves one with a moving catharsis. Al is a diverse player and one of the greatest talents in Music. I highly recommend Al's music to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy the music
for anyone who enjoys classical guitar music, Al is the best.all you have to do is listen once and your hooked.
Published 14 months ago by bucknut2?
5.0 out of 5 stars This work is a classic...
I think this album is so established in the 'masterpiece' category that there is no review necessary. I'm not sure it gets any better than this.
Published 14 months ago by Don Ricks
5.0 out of 5 stars All Good
You cannot say any bad about his playing, and his songs. Everyone that is involved,are the best musicians around, back when they started up beyond 2013.
Published 14 months ago by cthebyrd
5.0 out of 5 stars FB
Very good!!! Album came sealed! Everything is perfect! I am your buyer! Was a good choice! Happy Easter! yours Radu
Published 17 months ago by Radu Ioan Lupascu
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Di Meola fan
I am a very big Al Di Meola fan. Anyone that likes jazz/jazz fusion and guitar would like Al Di Meola. A great Guitarists and composer.
Published 20 months ago by Ted
1.0 out of 5 stars 1990 version
This cd has not been made in 2008 as described above, but in 1990. Five stars for music! Great jazz fusion guitarrist!
Published on September 27, 2012 by GlŠucio
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Add This Hard Jazz Rocker to Your Collection
When I got Land of the Midnight Sun, the main thing I wanted to know was whether or not it was on par with Al di Meola's other classic albums I own, particularly, Hotel Splendido,... Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by Craig Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars You got to get this CD
I haven't been listening to this guy for long, but I'm not done yet by a long shot it's one great CD after another !!!!
Published on December 16, 2011 by Ballsy
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my all time favorites!!!
During the early to mid seventies is when the
guitar maestroes were coming out! McLaughlin,
Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by Mark K. Duryea
5.0 out of 5 stars sometimes calling an album perfect is an understatement
However, it's also amazingly difficult to resist calling an album perfect because of a fear you're going to be labelled as a "fanboy" (as the kids today would say). Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by B. E Jackson
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