Sunday, October 10, 2010

'Friday Night in San Francisco' Music Review

Available for your perusal at, another album review in my Dark Elf Essential Performances series:

Music Review: Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia — Friday Night in San Francisco

Here is an excerpt from the review:
As a longtime guitarist and bar-band blues bludgeoner, all I can tell you is that I am in awe of the technical ferocity, incredible dexterity, and concordant reciprocity by which these three musicians blend and bend. And to make this album all the more intriguing, these virtuoso guitarists are not shredding the old-fashioned way, with the ubiquitous and almost obligatory Stratocaster or Les Paul; on the contrary, they are frying the frets of acoustic guitars! This “unplugged” concert predates the staged versions on MTV by nearly a decade, and 'Friday Night' certainly eclipses anything from that overrated, overblown series, save perhaps the outstanding performance by Eric Clapton. But alas, poor Eric! For all his vaunted "Slowhand" moves, he couldn’t keep up with these three players with a vast quantity of anabolic steroids and an eight ball of coke.


Post-script: The reviews for Friday Night in San Francisco and Will the Circle Be Unbroken have both been selected as an 'eds-pick' (editor's selection) over at! I thank the editors for their sagacity and evident good taste.

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