If you think fusion music just isn't the real deal without electric guitars, souped-up synths, and built-to-be-battered drums, this recording will change your mind. Exchanging power axes for acoustic instruments, this trio of guitar superstars hit the stage ready to draw blood from each other. Playing a game of "can you top this?," they trade dizzying, dazzling solos. Most of the tracks have an Iberian flavor, although the unison guitar passages and lightning-flash solos place everything firmly in the fusion camp. The McLaughlin/De Lucia duet "Frevo Rasgado" has its lyrical moments and the McLaughlin/Di Meola duet "Short Tales of the Black Forest" is goofy fun, but things get awful frenetic most of the time. Amazingly, this is one gunfight where everyone is left standing.
Performance CreditsPaco de Lucía Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
John McLaughlin Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
di Meola Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer
Technical CreditsBob Belden Producer,Reissue Producer
Paco de Lucía Composer,Producer
John McLaughlin Producer
Steven Berkowitz Reissue Consultant
Ron Carran Engineer
di Meola Composer,Producer
Kevin Gore Reissue Consultant
Mark Wilder Engineer
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Friday Night in San Francisco based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
One of my favorite CD's ever!
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.