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Cielo Terra [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (21 Nov. 1986)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EEQ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Traces of a Tear
  2. Vertigo Shadow
  3. Cielo E Terra
  4. Enigma of Desire
  5. Atavism of Twilight
  6. Coral
  7. When Your Gone
  8. Etude
  9. Solace

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By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
How is it possible that this great record, originally released in 1985, is virtually unknown? It certainly deserves to be counted among DiMeola's best music ever! Just close your eyes and get ready for a voyage through the mental pictures and associations DiMeola brings forth. Melodic jazz simply doesn't get much better! Do yourselves a favor and get this CD - if you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of it's time 9 Oct. 2001
By Donald J. DePaola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Al Dimeola's album Cielo E Terra is truely a solo album in which he play's every instrument other than a couple of percussion tracks. In todays music market it would probably be considered progressive new age. It's haunting, atonal, melodic, mostly acoustic guitar with hint's of synth guitar and percussion. Al Dimeola has always been known for his incredible picking technique and clever composition but Cielo E Terra goes way beyond that, it was recorded in 1985 but will probably not be fully appreciated till 2085. In my opinion one of the most ground breaking guitar instumental album's ever to grace the planet, WHY? The technique in the chording and solo lines are so abstract and unique I don't think it's ever been done before. Don't get the wrong idea this album isn't self indulgent meaningless guitar chops spilled onto a cd, it's well thought out, done to absolute perfection. If your looking for an album that's completly different and intriguing I highly suggest Cielo E Terra it's pure Genius.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 5 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD from 1985 followed 6 rocking fusion albums of the late 70's and is completely different from anything he has ever done. It took me quite some time to adjust to the acoustic, classical style of Cielo e Terra after enjoying the Les Paul for so long, but after 14 years, it's the album I respect most, because it has meat, and I never tire of listening to it. It's dark, quiet, smoldering, and there is always something new to hear. Since it is mostly just Al on the acoustic plus a bit of percussion, this CD is timeless. If you are an Al fan, it is a must-buy. If you are new to hearing his work, get something from the 70's and 90's first, then check this out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this record 1 Mar. 2012
By T. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think we can probably dispense with this business of calling it 'best' or 'most sensuous'. I might hazard that it is the most singular in vision and on those grounds the most complete. Hyperbolic praise aside, it's an interesting, unique guitar record with a rich harmonic palette. Here we find him deep in his Ovation + effects + Roland guitar synth period. He covers some of these songs in his REH instructional video. There is a long-out-of-print music book he created (no tab!!) for this record that is now rare and handsomely expensive (80+ bucks last I checked). But I suspect it's worth it.

Harmonically, Al is using his standard stretchy chords: Big add9s and stacks of altered dominant and diminished chords. Nothing super complicated, but with his dripping chorus and delay, it merges into a kind of trance of layered ambiance and intrigue. Indeed, the unsophisticated listener might mistake it for the over-saturated, often dull new age genre. Not so, of course - this is an experimental acoustic jazz record by a nuanced, technically strong player. I've had it for years, and continue to find new avenues of enjoyment.

Highly recommended for most any fan of harmonically sophisticated guitar music with an ambient touch.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mediterranean Fire 8 Aug. 2004
By Michael D. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Cielo e Terra is a recording of profound beauty. It explores Latin motifs with an uncanny delicacy, a subtle sweetness, and a deep sense of the dramatic. Here Al Di Meola demonstrates that his virtuosity is qualified by a sensitivity of great dimension--a capacity that has never been rightfully acknowledged. In spite of this oversight, Di Meola has opened the door to the transcendent gift of our Mediterranean and Latin American heritage.

Sincerely,
Michael
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion & Grace... 29 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is by far the deepest & most sensual of his works. I am moved each and every time I listen. It sets the perfect mood for a night passion...Enjoy...
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