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The Caiola Bonanza
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2013
Jasmine Records has provided us with the best (and cheapest) Al Caiola compilation so far. 64 tracks, including the best of the United Artists period plus some rare items from the 50's, originally issued by RCA Victor and Regent Records, among others. These early samples (especially 'Undecided' from the 1957 RCA LP 'High Strung') leave me hungry for more. Caiolas recorded output is vast and of uneven quality. From early jazz outings to magnificent (!) Film and TV-themes to rather bland covers of contemporary 'hits'. The compiler here, Robert Nickora, has done a very fine job. I just miss detailled information of year and format of original releases. Furthermore, many tracks are mono - even when stereo masters should be available. And why has it become fashion not to list mono or stereo in the tracklisting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is another to add to my collection of this wonderful artist and his beautiful music. What a pity we have left it so late - maybe there'll be other DVD's in the pipeline? I do so hope so, as I first 'knew' his music some 50 years ago when Reader's Digest had his Hawaain music in one of their record sets released in 1960!! I have since become a collector of whatever releases I can find of Al Caiola.!! Anyone who loves guitar music MUST have this collection and many others of this artist.
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on 28 February 2014
very good CD's, sound is exceptional for the era, many western themes & other well known tunes, very good value
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on 21 October 2013
excellent recovery of the great AL CAIOLA issues reminds us of the great orquestistas of music of all time, Swoop.

Julian Granadino Guerra
21/10/13
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on 2 October 2013
As well as a generous selection of Al Caiola's United Artists this collection includes rare singles and tracks from RCA Victor, Regent and other labels.

Recording quality is far superior to the Bonanza! 1960-1969 UA compilation released by Raven Records in 2002. This release should be avoided if you're at all fussy about sound. Instead try the 40 Exitos double-CD set from EMI in Mexico for a comprehensive overview of Caiola's UA recordings.
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on 20 September 2013
Good for the library. If you like western themes, this is a must for you. It sets your imagination going to the movie and is nice to listen to.
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on 18 January 2015
Guitar in instrumentals at their best, by a master of the craft, who I first became aware of in the early 1960s, via his album 'Solid Gold Guitar'. Well worth a listen if like me you love guitar music and film and T.V. western themes etc. A Bargain bonanza to be sure.
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on 25 October 2014
Al who! I didn't know but now I do. Brilliant interpretations of the genre!
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on 8 March 2015
Brilliant !
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