Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin
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Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin

23 Sep 1996

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
La Estiba (Instrumental)
Beyond The Mirage (Instrumental)
Midsummer Night (Instrumental)
Manha De Carnaval (Instrumental)
Letter From India (Instrumental)
Espiritu (Instrumental)
Le Monastère Dans Les Montagnes (Instrumental)
Azzura (Instrumental)
Cardeosa (Instrumental)

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Universal Music Jazz France
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  • Total Length: 53:00
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  • ASIN: B003S355NI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,923 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The passion lives on 18 Sep 2001
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This is the latest in a series of recordings by three of the leading guitarists of their generation. It is a more substantial offering than the previous two, running at over 53 minutes, with 9 tracks in all. Two are written by De Lucia, with three-a-piece by McLaughlin and DiMeola. The music displays the fire and grace which we have come to expect from this trio, but there is also a sense that both the writing and playing of the trio have become a little less frantic and more focussed than on previous occasions.And, dare I say it, more melodic. When the listener has got over the awe inspired by the sheer technical mastery that each of these players has of his instrument, one is left with the simple beauty of the music. It was considered hip in the days of punk (itself nearly thirty years old) to refer to music of this kind as 'self indulgent', 'irrelevant' and worse. Anyone who categorises this music in that way is doing each and every one of us a disservice. This is pure music. Three men and three acoustic guitars, what could be simpler. The one standard' on the album, Manha De Carnaval (credited here to Luis Bonfefa but elsewhere to Luis Bonfa)is a beautifully relaxed rendition which remains faithful to the spirit of the original theme yet allows the soloists (DiMeola and McLaughlin) room to breathe. The original tunes each reflect the clear identities of their composers; afficianados would have no difficulty identifying the composer of each tune without consulting the detailed notes which accompany the cd. In my experience, repeated listening to this recording is llkely to reveal new vistas each time and your favourites are likely to change as you travel deeper into the music but I guarntee you will never become bored. Read more ›
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album has it all, .......tested. 28 Mar 2007
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I played this CD in the Taxi when I was working as a Taxi driver, with out exception people raved about it, from teenage Hoodies to old codgers, not only is it technically brilliant and quality music it could satisfy any music snob, it also is very listenable for people who just like music like pop, it does it all, with out making any compromises . Which in the end of the day is the best any one can do, be excellent all round and still have general appeal true genius, one of the best Albums you can buy.

Its so listenable and enjoyable I don't notice how good technically the guitarists are, because they take you some where else and it never sounds the same twice, that to me is true musician ship and artistry, not many people get there.

Its a shame Albums like this don't get more air time,
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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To me 'The Guitar Trio' (the second studio album by McLaughlin, di Meola, and de Lucia) contains the 'Grace' that was lacking in 'Passion Grace & Fire' which was released some 13 years earlier. One can tell that a great deal of thought went into each track and as a result we are rewarded with a far more mature approach from the Trio which concentrates on the melodies and harmonies that are possible with acoustic guitars.
Of course the technical ability is still astounding, but there is less of an emphasis upon this aspect of the music and after a number of listens one appreciates the underlying simplicity of many of the tracks. Of all 3 albums by the trio this is the one that I find I can listen to straight through from beginning to end, over and over again without tiring of, and without wishing that certain tracks had been omitted.
A superb album, highly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in acoustic guitar music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome ' Return of The Trio '. 11 Sep 2012
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Having previously enjoyed 'Friday Night In San Francisco 'I was eager to hear what this reunion of three of the world's greatest guitarists had to offer .I have to say that initially I was slightly disappointed because compared to the previous live album this seemed much more refrained and studio polished .This album , however , has grown on me over the years and I find that it is an album that I play with greater regularity than most in my collection.

Released in 1996 and with a running time of over 50+ minutes ,it consists of nine original compositions. De Lucia wrote two of the compositions whilst Di Meola and McLaughlin wrote three of the songs each.One song was written by Luis Bonfefa and Antonio Maria .The playing is beautifully lyrical and is flawlessly executed as you would expect and there are inner notes to let the listener know which guitarist is playing a particular solo at any given time .These guys make a great team and often bring out the best in each other whilst always being aware that the song is there to be served rather than merely as a vehicle for selfish over- indulgence and unwanted flashy fretwork !

My two favourite songs here were both penned by Al Di Meola .They are 'Azzura' and my favourite on the album , 'Espiritu'.Comparisons with the aforementioned legendary live album 'Friday Night In San Francisco ' are perhaps slightly unfair and although I have already stated my favouritism for the legendary (mainly) live album ,similarly there are those who will prefer this studio offering .The logical step is to give both works a listen and enjoy the experience !
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