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    Al Di Meola "Across the Universe" (Beatles covers)

    New album (12 March 2020) of Beatles covers with some guests

    If it isn't Krautrock, it's krap.

    "And it's only the giving
    That makes you what you are" - Ian Anderson

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    Sounds good to me.
    We're trying to build a monument to show that we were here
    It won't be visible through the air
    And there won't be any shade to cool the monument to prove that we were here. - Gene Parsons, 1973

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    I was gonna go see him on the 28th but the show was postponed.

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    Nice, gotta listen

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    Iíve really lost interest in Al over the years. This just doesnít sound like anything to grab my interest back.


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    This would be mediocre if not for the cringeworthy drum programming which makes it virtually unlistenable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by progmeister View Post
    This would be mediocre if not for the cringeworthy drum programming which makes it virtually unlistenable.
    Thank you for this information -- I hate fake drums.

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    Has Al run out of material?
    I just find it dull, lifeless and not what I would hope to hear from such an accomplished fusion guitarist.
    Clearly, he must be a big fan, or he's just chasing the "Fab Four Dollar".
    And, it's the third album in a row that's been heavily compressed ('Elegant Gypsy & More' and 'Opus').
    He has lost his way.

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    I have to reluctantly agree with these last remarks . Of course Mr. Di Meola has been a top-drawer, world class guitarist for over forty years now but I have to say I find this pretty dull and twee so far. It's almost like he's doing Muzak rather than trying to breathe a little fire into old standards. Dang.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    DITTO!!! YAWN!!!!!!
    "Frozen flaking fish raw nerve...In a cup of silver liquid fire" - Jethro Tull

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    I hung out with my wife last night - had a few drinks and we had this on - very enjoyable. Nothing earth shattering, but I was digging it.
    If it isn't Krautrock, it's krap.

    "And it's only the giving
    That makes you what you are" - Ian Anderson

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    I like all kinds of music at times. I wish people could discriminate between music types or styles, instead of providing their opinion of an artists output just because they donít like that style. For the kind of acoustic music he is takin on here, I say it is excellent. The tone colors and interpretations are involving. Not high energy or machine gun note dynamics, which I like from his work as well. To each his own, but complaining about the style is not doing anything for me, and perhaps the audience in general.

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    A drum machine...… yikes. C'mon Al

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    This has some beautiful moments, especially the intro and outro. "You Never Give Me Your Money" works, "Carry That Weight" not so much. Not everything from the Abbey Road suite lends itself to this arrangement. I didn't think he would let the themes remain recognizable. Ramsey Lewis did this in the late '60s but virtually reinvented each number.

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    I had never heard of the Ramsey Lewis album but I gave a listen to the title track. The string arrangements are pretty cheesy but his piano playing is great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazz View Post
    A drum machine...Ö yikes. C'mon Al
    Heís got Collinsrona virus

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    This would have to go a long way to be as compelling to me as Frisell's ...all we are saying, and from the sample I'm not optimistic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by proggy_jazzer View Post
    This would have to go a long way to be as compelling to me as Frisell's ...all we are saying, and from the sample I'm not optimistic.
    Frisell's rootsy sound guitar tones suit Lennon's music quite naturally.

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    How many drummers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    NONE -- THEY HAVE A MACHINE FOR THAT TOO !

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