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Passion Grace & Fire


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Passion Grace & Fire + 'The Guitar Trio' ; Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola + Friday Night In San Francisco
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  • Audio CD (30 May 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000262V7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Aspan (Instrumental)John McLaughlin 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Orient Blue (Instrumental)John McLaughlin 7:06Album Only
Listen  3. Chiquito (Instrumental)John McLaughlin 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sichia (Instrumental)John McLaughlin 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. David (Instrumental)John McLaughlin 6:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Passion Grace And Fire (Instrumental)John McLaughlin 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Al Di MEOLA, John McLAUGHLIN & Paco De LUCIA Passion, Grace And Fire CD

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Aren Tyr on 30 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
For me, this album is as magical as "Friday Night in San Francisco", save for the absence of a live audience on the recording.
The compositions are beautiful, intricate and immensely accomplished; technically, this work is phenemonal, being, if anything, even more demanding than "Friday Night". The rhythmic prowess and stylistic variation, fluidly moving between musical styles, has stepped up yet another gear.
This is brilliant music by three virtuoso musicians who play together with fantastic cohesion and telepathy.
Finally, the recording is superb -- suprisingly, considering it is a digital recording from the early 80s -- with the guitars spatially placed with excellent stability, captured with excellent dynamic range, excellent tone and harmonic richness, and a perfect balance acheived between capturing the guitar detail with the acoustic ambience.
If you loved "Friday Night", or indeed just love high quality acoustic material in general, this album should be considered an essential purchase.
My only criticism would be the rather short run time of this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Hewitson on 22 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
Of the three albums so far produced by the guitar trio this is without a doubt the weakest offering. This should not, though, dissuade anyone who has enjoyed 'Friday Night in San Francisco' or the later studio album entitled 'The Guitar Trio' from buying this work. The main problem with the album seems to be that on a number of tracks, particularly 'Aspen' and 'David' (both written by McLaughlin), the emphasis is placed upon technical proficiency rather than melody and rhythm.
The standout track for me is di Meola’s ‘Orient Blue’ which has a beautiful, haunting, melodic opening which gradually progresses into a fiery flamenco style ‘outro’. The two tracks written by de Lucia, particularly ‘Sichia’, are fantastic pieces in themselves but on the whole the album lacks the ‘Passion’ and ‘Fire’ of the live recordings whilst not achieving the ‘Grace’ of the follow up.
If you, like me, are willing to purchase an album on the basis that it contains one or two brilliant tracks that are not available elsewhere then this is a must have album for ‘Orient Blue’ alone, but don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t quite live up to your expectations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DVDER on 27 Oct 2013
Format: MP3 Download
Many millions have been enthralled by the sheer astounding technique on display in this grouping's most famous of albums, "Friday Night in San Francisco", but those looking for the very best of their work should start here. And here's why.

"Friday Night" is more of a rock gig with flash guitar solos, rather than a serious piece of modern music. From the repetitive, and uninventive solos of Di Meola (clearly playing to the crowd), and the "stock" arrangements, to the "improvisation" that was nothing of the sort ("Tales of the Black Forest" was pure formula, performed - or preformed? - more or less the same every night). Great jaw dropping antics, for sure. The only saving grace being possibly the amazing "Frevo".

What we have here on "Passion, Grace and Fire" is the first time this trio actually got together to properly arrange and perform pieces. The album ups the ante by placing a premium on creativity and as result, brings out the best in each of them.

The album opens with possibly the best pieces ever recorded by this trio, McLaughlin's "Aspan". Already a phenomenally intricate, passionate and fast piece in its original "Players" arrangement with Katia Labeque, this piece comes of age in this arrangement. Al Di Meola's solo is refreshingly inventive and original, kicking off with an almost Frippian riff and a menacing low diminished scale figure. Mclaughlin's solo is beautifully wrought, with a form and melody that belies the trademark velocity. Although some may argue there are more polished guitarists today (e.g. Strunz), none I have heard to date have managed such melody and invention in a solo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2013
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Much of the appeal of this trio album from 1983 for many listeners will be in the fretboard pyrotechnics that abound here. For me though the real enjoyment that 'Passion,Grace and Fire' provides is in the feeling that the group are working more as a proper trio then say with their more intensly energetic 'Friday Night in San Francisco' album. There are plenty of solos of course, but there is a much more pronounced attempt at arrangement ,texture and musical light and shade. Also the compositions such as the beautiful 'Orient Blue' and 'David' allow for a more considered style of guitar interplay and dare I say,restraint. Mclaughlin, Di Meola and De Lucia play beautifully of course but is the quality of the writing that really makes this set standout.As a result this album bears a lot of repeated listening as its merits take a little time to fully appreciate. Add in the fact that the recording quality brings out the warmth of the acoustic instruments in full measure and you have a collection that deserves the highest recommendation.
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