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TAS Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics in the September 2022 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
Jazz writer Walter Kolovsky has said that Friday Night In San Francisco "may be the most influential of all acoustic guitar albums." LPs of it have been a demonstration staple on turntables around the world for over 40 years. To celebrate the lasting impact of this singular album and the legendary concert that it represents, Impex Records is proud to announce the long-awaited follow up: Saturday Night In San Francisco.
Working with hours of original 16-track live session tapes, Al Di Meola and his team have brilliantly curated this musical tour-de-force, bringing to life for the first time on LP, SACD-Hybrid and CD the explosively virtuosic final performance of Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco De Lucia at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, December 6, 1980. In the exclusive essay by music historian Charles L. Granata, Di Meola says of that final night: "It's exciting because the audience was right there with us, savoring every single note of music. And, we were ripping. It was crazy good!"
Impex worked carefully with Di Meola, mixing engineer Roy Hendrickson (SPIN Studio), and mastering engineer Bernie Grundman to recreate the magic of Friday Night In San Francisco so these never-before-released solos and trios burst out of your system with striking clarity, dynamics and technical brilliance. "Crazy good," indeed.
To be allowed to celebrate and witness even more of the grandeur and magic that this exceptional trio attained some forty-two years ago - this long after the original 'Friday Night...' release - is a gift of time travel that rarely, if ever, occurs. Put bluntly, this is an extraordinary recording, both in its rarely-if-ever-equaled performance and its remarkable degree of sonic fidelity. Most enthusiastically recommended.
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from master tapes stored for 40 years in Al Di Meola's basement, the musical rewards here are a marvel and well worth the wait.
It is sublime, both the sound and the packaging, with no less than Di Meola on the team that curated it.
- Audiophile 180g Vinyl LP
- Never before released
- Assembled from the original 16-track analog live session tapes by Al Di Meola with engineers Katsu Naito & Roy Hendrickson
- Mastered from analog tapes by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
- Pressed at Record Technology Inc.
- Deluxe new packaging with never-before-seen photos
- Exclusive essay by Charles L. Granata feat. new interviews with Al Di Meola & original recording engineer Tim Pinch
|Al Di Meola||guitar|
|Paco De Lucia||guitar|
- Bill Graham Introduction
- Splendido Sundance
- One Word
- Trilogy Suite
- Monasterio de Sal
- El Pañuelo
- Meeting Of The Spirits