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This Is Jazz # 31
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This Is Jazz # 31

6 May 1997 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Original Release Date: 5 May 1997
  • Release Date: 6 May 1997
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 56:07
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  • ASIN: B001GSA2V2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,084 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Hewitson on 23 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is one of the better compilations presenting a collection of Al di Meola's work, and is far superior to 'The Collection' and the so-called 'Best of Al di Meola' that are also available, although, as with the 'Anthology' it neglects to include 'Mediterranean Sundance' which is a real shame as this is by far his best piece.
That said the album does contain a couple of gems in the form of 'Short Tales of the Black Forest' and 'Fantasia Suite for Two Guitars' which will be familiar to fans of 'Friday Night in San Francisco'. On the downside the tracks are somewhat lost in amongst a selection of some truly cringe-worthy schmaltzy numbers which leave me reaching straight for the skip button on my remote control.
If, like me, you are willing to buy an album for a couple of worthy tracks then this is worth the expense, but be prepared for some real 80’s horrors as well complete with terrible synthesizer cheese!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Al Di Meola's FINEST!!! 25 Jun. 2007
By Johnny Boy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime Al Di Meola fan and a lover of the guitar, I'm so glad I found this album. It features highlights from his best period, the Columbia years, as opposed to the Manhattan years.

Opening with 'Race With Devil On Spanish Highway' was a great choice. Al's guitar is incredible, and he shows he knows how to rock out in one breath and make beautiful music in the next.

At the time he recorded the closing track, 'Sarabande', which appears on his debut, he was only 22 years of age. Even on this track, Al shows his versatility on the instrument.

I would definitely recommend this and these other albums from Al:

Land of the Midnight Sun
Elegant Gypsy
Electric Rendezvous
Tour De Force-"Live!"
Friday Night In San Francisco
Passion, Grace And Fire

11 songs=56:07 total time.
A very worthwhile CD! A MUST-HAVE!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Superb overview 1 Sept. 2012
By Hammer + Jazz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I love Al Di Meola . I recently bought his first four recordings . Great as those discs are , this is the one i take on my long walks . It truly is lovingly selected from Al's large catalog of recordings . There are a GREAT array of musical pairings and situations to be found here . It's a journey , it's a joy , it's THRILLING . You've got our word on it . sadly that's all we're got to give you . I'd give all Di meola fans a copy if i could . wonderful .
Lousy sounding CD 4 Mar. 2015
By Hipgnosis - Published on
This review is for the quality of the CD itself, not the excellent music contained on it. I don't know if I got a bad copy or not, but the music sounds muffled and lacking dynamics when I have it EQ'd for Jazz, and just slightly better on Rock. My CD from the mid '90s called 'The Essence Of Al Dimeola' sounds much better.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great place to start 5 Mar. 2005
By POMTE3718 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you're new to Al's music, this is the perfect place to start. This was my first Di Meola album and have since bought 2 more (Di Meola Revisited and Friday Night in S.F. [with John McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia]). The first track is a perfect opener. It's very energetic, fast, and incredible guitar work. In some tracks there is a distinct Latin feel, which I personally dig. I recommend this cd to any aspiring guitarist. It will definitely be worth your while.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Four Stars 12 Nov. 2014
By Nayra Mendoza - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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