Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco DeLucia - Friday Night In San Francisco

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco DeLucia - Friday Night In San Francisco





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AIMX 6031-45
UPC: 856276002244
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

180 Gram LP

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180 Gram Vinyl Record

All-analog 180-gram 45 RPM 2LP vinyl edition!

Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the original master tapes!

Plated and pressed at RTI

Everything you've loved about this iconic, reference-defining recording is laid bare, reproduced with stunning fidelity and nuance. Featuring all-analog mastering byChris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and an exclusive foil-stamped jacket for this very special release. This Di Meola-McLaughlin-De Lucia classic could only come from the LP fetishists at Impex Records.

Listen as Impex's 180-gram vinyl, spinning at 45 revolutions per minute, reveals everything to your hungry, deep-listening ears. Ready to redefine definitive again.

Friday Night In San Francisco is a 1981 live album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. It was described by jazz author and critic Walter Kolosky as "a musical event that could be compared to the Benny Goodman Band's performance at Carnegie Hall in 1938...[it] may be considered the most influential of all live acoustic guitar albums. All the tracks except "Guardian Angel" were recorded live at The Warfield Theatre on December 5, 1980 in San Francisco.

This debut recording on Columbia Records became a landmark recording that surpassed the two million mark in sales. The three virtuosos in the Trio toured together from 1980 through 1983.

Paco de Lucia was a Spanish flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists to have successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. De Lucia was noted for his fast and fluent finger style runs. His collaborations with guitarists John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola saw him gain wider popularity outside his native Spain.

Al Di Meola is an acclaimed jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer. With a musical career that has spanned more than three decades, he has become respected as one of the most influential guitarists in jazz to date. Albums such as Friday Night In San Francisco have earned him both artistic and commercial success with a solid fan base throughout the world. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others.

John McLaughlin is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz and rock, which he coupled with an interest in Indian classical music to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion. In 2010, guitarist Jeff Beck called him "the best guitarist alive." In 2003, McLaughlin was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." After contributing to several key British groups of the early sixties and making his first solo record, he moved to the U.S. where he played with Tony Williams' group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his landmark electric-jazz fusion albums: In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, A Tribute To Jack Johnson and On The Corner.

• Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog master tapes!
• Plated and pressed at RTI, supervised by Rick Hashimoto



Side A:
1. Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho
Composers: Al Di Meola and Paco DeLucia
Performed by: Paco DeLucia and Al Di Meola

Side B:
1. Short Tales of the Black Forest
Composer: Chick Corea
Performed by John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola

Side C:
1. Frevo Rasgado
Composer: Egberto Gismonti
Performed by John McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia

Side D:
1. Fantasia Suite
Composer: Al Di Meola
Performed by Paco DeLucia, John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola
2. Guardian Angel
Composer: John McLaughlin
Performed by Paco DeLucia, John McLaughlin, and Al Di Meola

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 7 person(s) rated this product.

Cue up the Keanu Reeves Meme....

posted on 01/27/2023
5 Stars
Reviewer: Korben
Because this pressing is going to make you say, "Whoa".... In all seriousness though, this is an absolutely breathtaking performance/recording. I remember when I was first getting into the guitar, my record store guy told me that I MUST own this record! Gotta give it up for Bruce at World Records! Smokes...

Great concert!

posted on 10/28/2020
5 Stars
Great concert! I saw this concert in Buffalo New York at Kleinhans music hall right around the time this was recorded. It was amazing! I can’t wait to get this album so I can reliveThat night!


posted on 08/23/2020
5 Stars
Crazy good, fantastic, turn the volume up and prepare to be amazed!

Holy cow!

posted on 06/24/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: Mike
The 33 rpm Impex was outstanding, this 45 rpm is out of this galaxy. Can't believe so much more could be squeezed out of those tapes.

Out of control

posted on 03/15/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: marco Italy
Versus the philips 33rpm rec VPLP001 the guitars are more liquid by orders of magnitude. Listening fatigue diminished dramatically. However the crowd cheering has been pulled down slightly too much. This translates into a certain loss of background information, but i am not really sure, its a very delicate trade of give and take. These are just preliminary thoughts, i need to check back after further replay sessions. I am using front end (tt, cartridge,arm) not available on the market for sale, so take this review with a grain of salt.


posted on 02/25/2020
5 Stars
Reviewer: WisEd
Fabulous rendition of a fabulous recording of a fabulous performance! This record most definitely goes up to eleven!

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