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Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Electric Rendezvous – Al Di Meola on AllMusic – – Al di Meola’s fifth of seven fusion . Electric Rendezvous is a music studio album recording by AL DI MEOLA (Jazz Rock/Fusion/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. Actually the early 80’s seemed to be a continuation of a very successful creative, critically and commercially successful run for Al DiMeola. His first album of the.

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Passion, Grace And Fire 5: Black Cat Shuffle 3: Ritmo De La Noche 4: Jewel Inside A Dream 4: The album kicks-off with a hard driving rhythm section, mainly dominated electrric percussion work, “God-Bird-Change” 3: I think Al wanted the percussion dominated song at the intro of his album to give another texture of Al’s music. And he did no wrong at all as this song is composed wonderfully with high energy and upbeat tempo.

The interlude part with percussion work is really interesting. The song itself is rich in styles and tempo changes. It reminds me to the “Song of The Midnight Sun” from mella debut album. It’s really an excellent music!

This time, the duet is between Al and Paco on their acoustic guitar electroc their sounds were rendezvoys at different channels of your stereo set. It’s a wonderful duet of two guitar heroes in a great composition. Elecric song’s beat is relatively stable with minimum tempo or style changes.

This song is like a break as the composition seems very straightforward and accessible to different ears, I think. The music produced is so relaxing with relatively simple arrangement. The organ solo during interlude is really stunning. The song turns complex and it finally returns to the intro part.

This concluding track begins with an acoustic guitar work combined beautifully with keyboard in an ambient opening. The rest of the song contains great rendezvlus of acoustic guitar and keyboard.

As other reviewers have noted, these are the highlights, and they also constitute the A side. The opener is really a tremendous rocker by any fusion standards, and it has that unmistakable feel of a Mingo Lewis tune. Lewis on congas and Gadd on drums really bring back the Elegant Gypsy magic they once created The title track is also quite memorable–once the guys move into the central groove of the song, they are absolutely unstoppable, and it’s awesome to behold, with a few cool time signature and tempo changes to boot.

It’s right up there rendesvous di Meola’s best, and di Meola plays a bit heavier than I’m used to being in the 80s helped with this aspect I assume.

To end the side, we are treated to another di Meola and de Lucia duet, which they have absolutely mastered: The second side is certainly a letdown compared to what came before.


Cruisin’ is a simple rocker, and Black Cat Shuffle is exactly as it sounds: Throw in the obligatory di Meola tango Ritmo de le Noche and acoustic pieces Somalia and Jewel Inside a Dreamand you have a lot of very listenable songs that nonetheless take few chances and certainly would be difficult to classify as progressive. If you like di Meola’s earlier, hard-driving fusion work, you’ll love the first three songs.

If you prefer his more mellow later work, this might be too heavy. I certainly enjoy both, but probably lean more toward his earlier period. Electric Rendezvous compares favorably to many of his other albums, and also to some fusion giants Jeff Beck, most notably. All the instruments are very well played, and even if this is guitar dominated music it has a full band sound and feeling much like his early albums. It feels like his heart is once again in it. This album is real transition one.

After some excellent electric fusion albums and one not very successful “Splendido Hotel” trying to change things, Al Di Meola returned back to his roots. But only in part. You can find some heavy electric fusion pieces there, but some acoustic guitar songs as well.

And some acoustic Latin melodies with pop elements. It is for sure Di Meola is in search on his future direction here. Participated musicians are still all stars incl. In fact album sounds more as collection of few different styles. All songs are not too much connected between each other.

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Some of them are perfect, some just average. But I think this is last strong Al Di Meola album from his earlier period. He will go for acoustic pop-world music later, and moela return in form after some years only.

The rhythm section is so tight, it will make one cringe with delighted respect. Smooth and fast, like a torrential rainstorm of talent.

The title track is even sprightlier, all kinds of frayed nerve endings in the fingers, if you see what I mean. Different styles all packed into one seamless parcel. A faint serenity begins to grow in stature, very much like classic Ponty, evolving into electriv series of detours, veers and contrasts.

Things get even slightly dissonant for a while, swerving back into yet another mood once again, the guitar getting heavy and fiery. Sudden blasts of brass synth consecrates Hammer’s complete genius elecrtic my mind, but when he dishes out a duel with Al, it’s just bloody merciless.

Even Anthony Jackson plays the game with style and velocity. This is so goodits absurd! And if you ever had a doubt about Al’s Latin side, well its all there on display with “Ritmo de la Noche”.


I am pretty sure when Carlos Santana first heard this, his knee-jerk reaction would have been to call a lawyer, suggesting plagiarism but within seconds, yielding to the beauty of the melody and the tremendous playing by meol involved. This is my all-time favorite DiMeola composition, loved it to rendezvoys for decades.

The solemn acoustic gem “Somalia” is no slouch, a deeply sad and melancholic guitar tour de force, serves a perfect segue to the previous jewel.

AL DI MEOLA Electric Rendezvous reviews

Speaking of which, “Jewel Inside a Dream” puts this majestic performance to bed, a soothing lullaby that showcases DiMeola’s clear sense of sonic wizardry Oh yeah, love that cover art, suits the music inside to a Tee 5 gatos negros electricos social review comments Review Permalink Posted Tuesday, October 23, Review this album Report Review Di Meola returns to a smaller format.

After rendezvius ambitious double album, Splendido Hoteland live album Friday Night in San Francisco the fusion wizard strips back his cast, song length rendezvosu compositional scope for the more straight forward Electric Rendezvous. By he’d been playing with mo This has always been one of my favorite Al Di Mwola albums. Not all is of one mood though, and I am glad for that. An album where all the music is the same becomes boring quickly, no matter how good Side One – 5 Stars 1.

God-Bird-Change – Mingo Lewis composition – fiery guitar Electric Rendezvous – Al goes hard rock!!!

Co-highlight of the album 3. Fantastic album due the ensemble, for me this is the best band that Al DiMeola ever worked with. It shouldn’t really be named after him as the songwriting is separated between three musicians and the musicians in the band are all incredible. I see this as a masterpiece just from the sheer luc You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

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Electric Rendezvous

Results cached 12h Items ordered by mela time Showing all 61 items. My reason is simple: Mingo Lewis is the only musician that stayed the same from the debut album. Peace on earth and mercy mild – GW. Latest members reviews Di Meola returns to a smaller rendesvous. You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing use forum credentials. Forum user Forum password. Al di Meola – Electric Rendezvous: Al Dimeola; Electric Rendezvous on lp.