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Positive Feedback 2020 Writer's Choice Album Of The Year Award Winner!
Every lightning strum.
Every impossibly perfect run.
Every dynamic blast.
Every tonal nuance.
Every staccato reverberation.
Every unexpected moment of towering virtuosity.
Every caught breath.
Every thunderous applause.
Everything you've loved about this iconic, reference-defining recording is laid bare, reproduced with stunning fidelity and nuance. Featuring all-analog mastering by 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 180g vinyl, spinning at 45 revolutions per minute, reveals everything to your hungry, deep-listening ears. Ready to redefine definitive again.
"I reviewed the Impex 33 RPM reissue of this same title back in 2018. That was an easy rave review to write, but this new 45 RPM pressing, again from Impex, takes the music to a new level. In addition to the original Columbia LP pressing (which is no slouch on its own), I also compared it to the Sony Gold CD, the Sony K2 SACD, a Sony DSD download, the Speakers Corner/Phillips 180 gram reissue and the Original Recording Group (ORG) 180 gram 45 RPM reissue.
The differences were not subtle for a recording that I thought was already impressive on all of these releases. This Impex reissue was mastered by Bernie Grundman who also personally cut all the lacquers. Dorin Sauerbierat at RTI did the plating and it was pressed at RTI under Rick Hashimoto's supervision. It astounds me that there was still more information to dig out of those master tapes. Congrats to the entire production team as they have really stepped up their game against some very stiff competition. Also, congrats to Abey Fonn at Impex and Kevin Berg at Elusive Disc for driving this project forward. It was well worth the effort!
Talk about tangible! There is a correctness of presentation and a visceral like rhythm and drive that is now demonstrated well beyond what I heard before. All of this is executed with a liquidity and timbral purity that is simply amazing. These variables are rarely placed in the proper perspective. Most of the time the sound leans to one side of the fence or the other. Here, there is a balance that is just thrilling!
Let's not forget about what is most important - the music! Typically used as a standard demo at most audio shows, I feel like this recording is much more than just an audiophile favorite. These highly respected if not world class guitarists were at the top of their game at the time and were virtually on fire in their playing. Now, you can easily tell how much fun they were having as was the audience. The emotion really shines through for both which is always so much more enjoyable. This is an important recording and this new reissue is highly recommended!" - Robert Youman, Positive Feedback, 2020 Writer's Choice Award for Album Of The Year
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Kudos to Impex Records on a fantastic reissue of an album that has always been special to many people - Friday Night in San Francisco. The music comes from a trifecta of incredible guitarists: Al Di Meola, the late flamenco maestro Paco de Lucía, and the one-and-only John McLaughlin. Pressed on 180g vinyl, the double LP set is superbly remastered. Impex Records is one of the best audiophile labels around. If you liked the original recording from 1981, you must check out this new edition.
This famously outstanding recording has been reissued several times - and this latest edition from Impex sounds fabulous... Impex's reissue crackles with energy and newfound immediacy and 'there-ness,' with a notable sense of dynamic life and snap to the guitar strings and halos of reverberant air surrounding them. Highly recommended.
This new 45 RPM pressing takes the music to a new level. It astounds me that there was still more information to dig out of those master tapes. Talk about tangible! There is a correctness of presentation and a visceral like rhythm and drive that is now demonstrated well beyond what I heard before. All of this is executed with a liquidity and timbral purity that is simply amazing. These variables are rarely placed in the proper perspective. Most of the time the sound leans to one side of the fence or the other. Here, there is a balance that is just thrilling! Highly recommended!
- Limited Edition
- 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl
- Double LP
- All-analog mastering by Bernie Grundman Mastering
- Exclusive foil-stamped jacket by Stoughton
|Al Di Meola||guitar|
|Paco de Lucía||guitar|
- Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho
Composers: Al Di Meola and Paco DeLucia
Performed by: Paco DeLucia and Al Di Meola
- Short Tales of the Black Forest
Composer: Chick Corea
Performed by John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola
- Frevo Rasgado
Composer: Egberto Gismonti
Performed by John McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia
- Fantasia Suite
Composer: Al Di Meola
Performed by Paco DeLucia, John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola
- Guardian Angel
Composer: John McLaughlin
Performed by Paco DeLucia, John McLaughlin, and Al Di Meola
Recorded live at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, Friday 12/5/80