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Digitally remastered two CD set containing a trio of albums from the former Return To Forever guitarist: Di Meola launched his solo career in 1975. Over the years, the jazz guitarist has played with the greats of jazz, though in the 1990s he turned in the direction of World Music. These three albums come from the mid to late '80s. Digitally remastered and slipcased, and with new notes.
Lyricist: Airto Moreira.
Personnel: Al di Meola (guitar, guitars, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, Synclavier); Airto Moreira (vocals, percussion); Jose Renato, José Renato (vocals); Phil Markowitz (piano, synthesizer); Kei Akagi, Anthony Jackson (keyboards); Chip Jackson (acoustic bass, electric bass); Harvie Swartz (acoustic bass); Tommy Brechtlein, Danny Gottlieb, Tom Brechtlein (drums); Carlos DaSilva "Beluba" Pinto, Elizeu Felix, Roberto Pinheiro, Mino Cinelu (percussion); Dan Mockensturm, Dan Mockensturm (programming).
Programmer: Dan Mockensturm.
Audio Remasterers: Andrew Thompson ; Bob Ludwig.
Liner Note Author: Alyn Shipton.
Recording information: Atlantic Studios (04/1987); Power Station (04/1987); Right Track Recording, New York, NY (04/1987).
Photographers: Peter Zander; Beverly Parker.
Arrangers: Kei Akagi; Al di Meola.
The U.K.'s BGO Records reissues three Al di Meola mid-'80s albums on a pair of CDs. First is the nearly smooth jazz Soaring Through a Dream released originally on EMI's Manhattan imprint in 1985 -- this album was an attempt by the great guitarist to score a hit single or two on the then-newly formed smooth jazz radio format. Next is the lightweight acoustic set Cielo e Terra, released during the same year, that is easily the best in this bunch, as it .contains a couple of fine tines such as the title track and "Atavism of Twilight." Finally, the 1987 offering, Tirami Su, was a half-hearted attempt by the guitarist to return to fusion -- the very thing that had established his reputation in the first place. A motley collection to be sure. ~ Thom Jurek
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