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Friday Night in San Francisco [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import]

John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, スーパー・ギター・トリオ Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AHM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho
2. Short Tales Of The Black Forest
3. Frevo Rasgado
4. Fantasia Suite
5. Guardian Angel

Product Description

This live recording from 1980 matched U.S. fusion guitar heavyweights Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin with Spanish guitar whiz Paco DeLucia. The result, a dazzling technical display, also earned jeers as the international summit of world-class finger-wigglers by critics who felt it was long on chops and short on heart.

John McLaughlin's importance to the development of the jazz fusion scene can't be overestimated: as the guitarist on Miles Davis's seminal Bitches Brew and A Tribute to Jack Johnson, he was the first significant guitarist of the electric jazz era; on his own, he brought power rock, spiritualism, and lush orchestration to the scene via his Mahavishnu Orchestra. DiMeola, the most commercially successful next-generation fusion guitarist, achieved stardom with Chick Corea's group Return to Forever and on his own records. DeLucia, virtually unknown in the U.S., is a fine flamenco guitarist, and it is that orientation more than anything that colors Friday Night: even when playing straightforward non-flamenco compositions, the phrasing and sensibility lurks behind every note. Still, the passion of the music is frequently marred by the participants' inability to play at anything but the most breakneck pace. --Fred Goodman

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dont be put off 2 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Dont be put off by words like virtuoso, technical prowess or even jazz.

If you have even the most remotely open mind when it comes to music you will find the playing and the pieces on this CD breathtaking in their accessibility, humour, warmth, virtuosity (yes), beauty and musicality.

Lots of it has a flamenco feel and its the often hypnotic rythmn of that genre that ensured this would never have become (as far as non jazz fans are concerned) a bit of a jazz-geek love-in.

Its one of THOSE albums, where you put it on the best stereo, crank up the speakers, turn off the lights, close your eyes and lose yourself, over and over again, hearing new things every time.

The audience appreciation adds to the pleasure of listening to what was obviously an incredible night, listen to this and you will, like me, wish you'd been there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "ACCOUSTIC SHRED" 11 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD was recommended to me by a neo-classical virtuoso (electric) guitarist, and having listened to it, I can see why he likes it. The "Jazz" sticker on the front of the CD case is slightly misleading. Although the contents of this album do have jazz traits, this is unlike most jazz I have heard, and I would consider it more "Accoustic Shred" (the term "shred" borrowed from the instrumental electric guitar music genre in which virtuoso musicians 'show off' their skills). The first song in particular is a good demonstration of this. Those looking for perfect composition should probably listen to the version of Rio Ancho on Paco De Lucia's 'Antologia' album, as it is less of a vehicle for demonstrating speedy playing and more an exercise in good composition. However, the 11 and a half minute long version on 'Friday Night...' is a more spontanious affair. Paco and Di Meola tear up their fretboards with awe-inspiring speed. Composition is not completely overlooked, but in my humble opinion it takes a back seat to blurred licks and plenty of tremolo picking. As the live recording can testify, at several points the playing becomes so intense that the crowd can barely contain themselves and erupt in a frenzy of cheers and whoops. Personally, I didn't feel that the rest of the songs (there are only 5 altogether!) were quite as impressive... although the 'Fantasia Suite' is worth a listen. In short, I would recommend this album to most fans of instrumental guitar music (if only for the impressive technique it contains), but also to anyone who likes their music with classical, flamenco and jazz elements.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best! 15 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been playing guitar since the age of twelve. I'm now 40 and after listening to this, I'm thinking about giving it up! What's the point anymore? I've gone from being 'fair' to being 'atrocious' in 60 minutes.
If you like great live virtuoso guitar, buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dazzling technical display. 9 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
Recorded live in 1980 , this is a dazzling technical display, showcasing some of the finest virtuoso guitar playing ever recorded, with numerous chops to die for and all executed at breakneck pace. If you ever needed a reason to give up, this is it. "Mediterranean Sundance" opens the set and sets the scene, with some degree of self control still in tact, but by track 2 "Rio Ancho" the competition has set in with some delicious call and response from all 3 players. The players were clearly having a great time, and this is evident from the atmosphere and buzz on the record, the Pink Panther theme quote in "Short tales of the black forest", and the magical interplay between the three. There's only 6 tracks, but they all bring together the power & spiritualism of McLaughlin, the next-generation fusion of DiMeola, and fine flamenco, phrasing and sensibility of DeLucia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar? Try here 11 April 2000
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Put simply, this is as fine an advert for virtuoso guitar playing as you'll find anywhere. Ignore the comments which suggest there's no passion - the atmosphere and buzz created as three acknowledged masters of their instruments do the business says this was one hell of a Friday night.
In particular, I love the delicious and lightening call and response in Rio Ancho, the humour as DiMeola and McLaughlin break into a snatch of the Pink Panther theme in "Short tales.." and the magical interplay between the three. More, guys, more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tis v. good 25 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
There's not much i can say that hasn't already been said by my fellow reviewers.

To put it simply, if you like guitar, you will like this. Whether you be a fan of Eric Clapton or Wes Montgomery, Eddie Van Halen or Slash, Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, the music produced by these three players with BLOW YOUR MIND.

The music is a jazz-flamenco fusion, all acoustic.

The first 4 tracks are live (with great atmosphere). The last track is a studio recording, but it's still damn entertaining.

You don't have to be a jazz fan to like it!

There is one draw back however, if you are a guitar player, this will not boost your confidence. No matter how good you are this recording will stun you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 12 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
I used to play guitar a lot. A real lot, and I thought I could copy anything...then I heard this album. This is simply some of the finest virtuoso guitar playing ever recorded. If you are a player, you will weep. If you like the sound of guitar, this is it. Superbly put across. The guys were having a great time, and this comes straight through. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friday Night in San Francisco: SACD superb in every way
This recording is a live-on-stage performance from 1981 of three virtuoso guitarists playing as a trio: Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, letting rip with some... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What a joy to come back to this album after so many years. I owned it in the late 80's on vinyl put never replaced it when we moved to CD's in the early 90's. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Trev-R
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
I play the guitar a little but I would imagine that if you have any pretensions to playing six acoustic strings like this trio then you may find yourself expiring with... Read more
Published 7 months ago by strangerbytheminute
5.0 out of 5 stars Three of the all time greats serve up a real treat. Magnificent.
A great CD with tracks that showcase the brilliance of these great artists. Polished and slick, they produce music of dazzling brilliance that demands to be played over and over... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steve Haworth
5.0 out of 5 stars for jazz lovers
If you are planning to get this CD it means you know the names, so no recommendation is required. It is for people who like good guitar and good music. Old time classic!
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. K. Ancuta
5.0 out of 5 stars Audiophiles
All of You audiophiles, this is the CD version You should buy of this beautiful recording.

This K2 HD mastering version has the closest the analogue sound of all of the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by OG
5.0 out of 5 stars How I wish....
Every now and again you hear a recording of a concert and what you hear is so beautifully played and with such passion and expertise that you wish you'd actually been there. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Scary Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd been there
Used to have this on vinyl (long gone), and there's no shortage of great guitar players - recently discovered Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo - but this is a classic album, more... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by Mad Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree with Mr Majestic
I am 50, and I too am contemplating giving up guitar for good after hearing this. I also bought the excellent Passion Grace And Fire album to deepen my feeling of already deep... Read more
Published on 1 July 2011 by Geeb
4.0 out of 5 stars Friday Night in San Francisco
Whilst you may find an album with one highly accomplished guitar player on it, it is rarer yet to find one with three and yet `Friday Night in San Francisco' offers us just that in... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by Spider Monkey
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