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|Al Di Meola - Live at Montreux 1986 1989 1993|
Actors: Al di Meola, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Chris Carrington
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
This DVD draws on three of Al Di Meola's performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The earliest from 1986 is a solo acoustic performance. The concert from 1989 is by the Super Guitar Trio, which sees Di Meola join forces... more »
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False advertising - bad cinematography
Richard B. Schuchman | Orlando, FL United States | 11/18/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"To begin with, there is no 1989 concert with Lagrene and Coryell on this DVD. They also say it's 129 minutes; it's actually about 67 minutes. Secondly, the 1986 concert is just bad, period. It's filmed poorly (lots of shots of Al's hairy back) and his playing just lacks direction, tossing in speed runs just to get the crowd to yell. Cielo E Terra (the album) isn't one of his best, especially when played one song after another. There's no melody, just odd chord changes and picking patterns, and the audience doesn't seem to know when to applaud, when the song is over, or it's the same song. The album itself isn't bad because it's more focused, but in concert there's a definite "noodling" problem which ultimately loses interest. The other set from 1993 isn't too bad, but the sound is muddy between the two guitars and Al's low E string is a bit flat. If the 1989 concert had been part of the package, it probably would be worth the money, but as is, and with the frustration of being lied to about the content. I can't recommend it. Maybe somewhere down the road some footage of his electric concerts or with the Trio with McLaughlin and deLucia will show up."
Al di Meola is truly inspirational
C. Leong | Sacramento, California United States | 11/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although I feel Al di Meola is probably the best guitarist to ever touch the guitar itself...I have some gripes thus making the rating only 4 stars. It says it has 3 conerts for viewing, but it only has two? Also the very first concert ...the camera angle jumps around way to much...I want to see Al play the damn song not see the back of Al's head! Other then those two gripes...I had to have this!"
GREAT PERFORMANCES / CRAPPY DVD
Jesus Maria Martin Perez | Spain | 03/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's obvious that whoever shot these performances was not a guitar player and had little if any experience taping live shows, let alone guitar concerts. Camera choices are probably the worst they could choose and instead of the guitar (or wide shots) it's Mr. Dimeola's sweaty in-trance face that we see most of the time. Dimeola could have been playing the congas and no one would have noticed because the guitar is hardly seen here. One of the best songs "Mediterranean Sundance" (which is not even listed on the DVD probably because the director/producer had never heard of Dimeola before he got the gig assigned) is shot in its entirety from what looks to be the third floor. And so on.
It's also true that there's not three performances as Amazon says, but two. What a silly way to ruin what could have been a great concert DVD. Buy it and play it through the speakers with the TV set switched off."
Dimeola in Vancouver...
JO JO | Vancouver BC Canada | 01/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In response to my compatriot Donald in Van BC, Sr. Dimeola did happen to visit our city on a couple of occasions during the 90's Once with The Rite of Strings in which... if I'm not mistaken they kicked that tour off here in Van with 'Alma Libre' (Locals) as the backup group. The Trio (ROS) didn't have alot of ironing out to do being the calibure players that they are but they were using sheet music and at one point Al's blew away from him on stage at a critical point in a song.. but he nailed it anyway and the crowd went NUTZ! He was also here earlier in the 90's with his own band at the Commodore again a fabulous show and obviously much more "electrified' than that of the acoustic trio of him Ponty and Clarke. I'm looking forward to checking out these Montreaux DVD's thanks for the reviews."