I recently had the pleasure of seeing Antonio Forcione and Neil Stacey perform together under their 'nom-de-plectrum' of Acoustic Mania in a converted church in Salisbury. As usual at a Forcione gig there was a mixture of converts, the curious and lucky accidentals. The converts, like myself, make a point of attending every Forcione gig they can get to; the curious have heard such amazing tales of his bravura guitar playing that they have come along to see for themselves; the lucky accidentals simply turn up and get a very pleasant surprise indeed! As usual at a Forcione gig, there were multiple rapturous encores and everybody bought loads of CDs before leaving. One of the CDs on sale was this - a 1997 recording made with Neil Stacey that well presages the fireworks you get at an Acoustic Mania gig. As you'd expect from two such accomplished and different guitarists there's a mixture of technical mastery and pure musicality. What you might not expect is the tongue-in-cheek self-mockery of tracks like Letter From Spain, where Forcione and Stacey take it in turns to gently parody show-off guitarists past and present in a dazzling but also highly amusing manner. This was one of the centrepieces of the live gig, and with good reason. It's not until you've stopped chuckling that you realise how amazingly good it actually was. If you ever get the chance to see Acoustic Mania live - take it! Until then, you'll just have to make do with this excellent CD.