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In the 2½ hours on these two CDs, DiMeola covers an enormous amount of musical ground. From the graceful power of the epic "Elegant Gypsy Suite," to the gentle "Bianca's Midnight Lullaby," to a rocker like "Cruisin'," he effortlessly switches between multiple styles--often within the same song. Looking for highlights? Check out the track list. There isn't a bad one in the bunch. One special note to fans: there are two previously unreleased live tracks at the end of each disc, for a total of almost 40 minutes of new music. The liner notes are excellent, and there are plenty of great photos also.
It's always great to see one of your favorite musicians release a compilation like this and have it done right. You can almost always find something wrong with them when you've been a fan for any length of time. There's always the song that should've been on there but wasn't, and vice versa. But you'll be hard pressed to find fault with this one. Whether you're a longtime fan or discovering Al DiMeola for the first time, you can't go wrong with Anthology.
As you know from the cd description, this is compilation of his Columbia Records work from the late 70s to early 80s. The gem of this cd package in my opinion is the live version of 'The Wizard'. About 6 minutes into the song, Mingo Lewis (percussion) and Steve Gadd (drums) get into a percussion/drum solo. My question is this. Why wasn't this track released previously? What a great drum/percussion solo! Mingo Lewis and Steve Gadd are great! Steve Gadd was voted #3 in Modern Drummer's 25 best drummers of all time and this track really displays his talent.
On a personal note, I've met Al Di Meola a couple of times. He's a very down-to-earh person, not some stuck-up musician. I wish more people knew about his music. I'm on a crusade of sorts to get more people interested in his music. He focused on the music and not being famous.
Anyway, get this cd, especially if you are becoming interested in Al for the first time.
Well, I have been listening to this amazing 2-disc set over the last couple of days nonstop,and I must say that there are certain people in life who are simply unnaturally talented.....they seem so gifted in some very specific way; as if there is nothing in the world that they are more well suited for than one specific thing. Einstein was seemingly born to understand the world through mathematical models and theory, and Al di Meola was born to express and create through music. Al di Meola first became prominent in jazz circles via his association with jazz pioneer Chick Corea, who (along with others like Miles Davis and John McLaughlin) was creating a new "bohemian" style of jazz combining virtuoso-level playing and muscicianship with rock and psychedelic music. Retun To Forever, widely regarded as the biggest fusion band in history, featured his explosive, sophisticated playing to wide acclaim. At the time, he was 19 years old. Subsequent to his stint with the jazz supergroup, he released many incredible solo albums(with much collaboration and guest appearances from many other talented musicians); this period in his career is documented here. Words can simply not describe Al di Meola's guitar playing on these early albums....incredibly progressive, dense, layered with suble nuance and simply brilliant; his nearly superhuman technique and ability, combined with a unique and uncompromising vision and understanding of music, has influenced many players on both sides of the jazz and rock fence. This is music that cannot be passively listened to, but absorbed, engaged and experienced.Read more ›
Please do yourself a favor and get it. A very important piece of musicianship.
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If you want a good overview of Al's work, I'd recommend this collection. Sound quality is very good, song selection gives a good overview, I rate this a buy.Published on June 28, 2013 by John D
If you don't know him or his music you got to hear this CD. He is fantastic and definetly worth listening too !!!!Published on December 5, 2011 by Ballsy
If you are into jazz fusion ala John McLaughlin or just enjoy great guitar acrobatics at high speed then these are the discs for you. Read morePublished on September 25, 2005 by Frederick Baptist
I first heard Al's stuff in the early 80s (someone in our dorm had all his albums), so I already knew this anthology of his early work would have something worthwhile on it... Read morePublished on June 26, 2005 by Howard L Lambert
No one who can play this fast can be human. This is a great collection of Al's early work. Although the jazz faithful will always complain about fusion, this album is an... Read morePublished on March 29, 2002 by Sean Duffy
WOW...."SEQUENCER" IS MY FAVORITE CUT ON THIS CD. THIS JAM IS COOL, I FIRST HEARD THIS SONG IN A MIX FROM CHICAGO FROM THE 80'S. Read morePublished on March 13, 2002 by MC