Friday Night in San Francisco [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Loose and spontaneous, this mainly live album is a meeting of three of the greatest guitarists in the world for an acoustic summit the likes of which the guitar-playing community rarely sees. Broken up into three duo and two trio performances, Friday Night in San Francisco catches all three players at the peaks of their quite formidable powers. The first track features Al di Meola and Paco de Lucía teaming up for a medley of di Meola's "Mediterranean Sundance" first recorded by the duo on di Meola's classic 1976 album Elegant Gypsy and de Lucía's own "Rio Ancho." It is a delightful performance, full of the fire and inhuman chops that one expects from two players of this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Loose and spontaneous, this mainly live album is a meeting of three of the greatest guitarists in the world for an acoustic summit the likes of which the guitar-playing community rarely sees. Broken up into three duo and two trio performances, Friday Night in San Francisco catches all three players at the peaks of their quite formidable powers. The first track features Al di Meola and Paco de Lucía teaming up for a medley of di Meola's "Mediterranean Sundance" first recorded by the duo on di Meola's classic 1976 album Elegant Gypsy and de Lucía's own "Rio Ancho." It is a delightful performance, full of the fire and inhuman chops that one expects from two players of this caliber. However, the two guitarists obviously have big ears, and they complement each other's solos with percussive, driving rhythm parts. There is a laid-back, humorous element to Friday Night in San Francisco as well, best witnessed in di Meola and John McLaughlin's performance of Chick Corea's "Short Tales of the Black Forest." Rapid-fire licks from the pair soon give way to atonal striking of the body of the guitar, running picks along the strings, etc. Before the farce is completed, they have played a blues and quoted the Pink Panther theme. It is funny stuff, and it serves to dispel the image of the trio, especially di Meola, as super-serious clinicians more concerned with technique than music. The other great piece of evidence against such a narrow-minded claim can be found in both the quality of the compositions featured on Friday Night in San Francisco as well as the sensitivity and dynamic variation brought to the performances. A perfect example of this is the sole studio track, a McLaughlin composition entitled "Guardian Angel" the opening theme of which is taken straight from "Guardian Angels," a song that appears on McLaughlin's 1978 Electric Dreams album. It is a fine piece, and one that features a haunting melody as well as some of the best solos on the record. All in all, Friday Night in San Francisco is a fantastic album and one of the best entries in all of these guitarists' fine discographies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 042280004729
  • Catalog Number: 661013
  • Sales rank: 46,147

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paco de Lucía Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Track Performer
John McLaughlin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Track Performer
Al di Meola Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Producer, Reissue Producer
Paco de Lucía Composer, Producer
John McLaughlin Producer
Steven Berkowitz Reissue Consultant
Ron Carran Engineer
Al di Meola Composer, Producer
Kevin Gore Reissue Consultant
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mark Wilder Engineer, Mastering
Bill Milkowski Liner Notes
Tim Pinch Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Tom Copi Liner Design
Randall Martin Reissue Design
Philip Roberge Executive Producer
Barrie Marshall Executive Producer
Juliana Myrick Packaging Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2011

    One of my favorite CD's ever!

    One of my favorite CD's ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album should be rated 25 stars!!!!!!!!

    It's impossible to sum up this album in words, so I'm not even going to try. All I have to say is that if I could only listen to one album for the rest of my life, this would be it. The guitar playing is unbelievable, highly improvised, and nearly impossible to play at those speeds.

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