- Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B0000025WU
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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by the way, i love di Meola's electronic phase as much as his acoustic phase.
Enjoy some creative music from the master.
"Scenario" is a very strong musical effort. The music is somewhat of a departure from the previous ones, although a natural progression as well. Featuring a generous amount of synthesizers, the album, in my opinion, genuinely reflects the state of instrumental music of the 1980's. The sound is much more relaxed, focused, and in some cases romantic than previous works, but still had the distinguised finger prints of Mr. di Meola. The songs are also much more diverse and ethnic than ever before, and display musical characteristics that continue to persevere in his music today.
With all being said, i'd have to say that this is the weakest of the Al-bums. It, however, was an unfortunate inevitability that Al was dropped from his label. What was FORTUNATE, however, is that he went on to make great recordings throughout the 80s, like "Soaring Through A Dream" and "Tirami Su".
You could hardly go wrong with this music: It is very gentle and adventurous music. As always, the key to listening to good music is to find out for yourself whether or not the music is good for YOU. For me, however, it is great, and I don't think you can go wrong with this one.
Mostly this album consists of more flowing numbers such as "Mata Hari","African Night","Island Dramer" and the title song. These compositions rely on Eastern melodic ideas (often on the microtonal side) rather than Western ones and overall compositional strengh is somewhat sacrificed for straight out musical ideas. Sounds like a gas to make for sure but sometimes not as memorable as it could be. Interestingly enough the strengh of the album seems to come when the tempo goes up and the digital keyboards and LINN drums come in. The spirited electro sounds of "Sequencer" is an amazing example,especially when Jan Hammer colors the music with his wonderfully harmonized,trademark rock guitar like synth soloing. "Hypnotic Conviction" and "Calliope" follow suit for a very adventurous,electronically inclined sound to close out the album.
There's a lot of people who give this album a bad rap mainly because it has an early 80's sound in parts of the production.Read more ›
Memorable music resonates with its setting. For me, Scenario will forever be remembered with long twilight drives across the northern Nevada desert, a cold Coors at hand, blasting down I-80 as fast as my old Bronco would go, stereo cranked up, headed for dinner & bed in Battle Mtn. 90 miles in not much over an hour, when the roads were dry. A crawling, white-knuckle nightmare when Emigrant Pass was icy.
Al Di Meola! Master of the singing, stinging, stretched-sustain guitar line, soaring over Tony Levin's amazing, architectonic ground-bass. I played this record a lot back then, in the early 80's, then mostly forgot it. Exhumed a box of old cassettes TOD, and rediscovered Scenario. It's still wonderful. I'm not a big Di Meola fan, but he pushes all my buttons on this one. Highly recommended.
Happy listening --
Peter D. Tillman
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This is Al DiMeola at his creative best. It should be counted among his greatest CD's. The fact only 18 people (inc. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. M. Paine
This is one of my all time favorite records. I have listened to it for 30 years. Yes, it has 80's synthesizer & sequencer work that may sound corny but hearing electric Di Meola... Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Scott
This album can definitely stand as a marker in time and that is why it is 4 stars and not 3. The techno sounds that where incorporated with the music now sounds like the music... Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Craig Hamilton
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You might want to skip this review if you appreciate Phil Collins's drumming and the Frankie Goes to Hollywood sound of the Fairlight CMI. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by James E. Kiely
Scenario came out in 1983, but the sound is up-to-date, innovative, and without a doubt Al Di Meola's best electronic-fusion outing (all instrumental of course), especially with... Read morePublished on March 9, 2009 by Gary Reiner