Audio Fidelity - AFZLP261 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at QRP
AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Acoustic Guitar Super Trio!
Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings, the dead-silent 180-gram vinyl yields a sound quality that not only matches, but enhances the superior musicianship shown on this album.
In 1983, the guitar super trio joined forces and reunited for another set of acoustic guitar trios. Unlike their first album, the phenomenal live acoustic performance, "Friday Night In San Francisco", this masterpiece consists entirely of studio sessions. "Passion, Grace & Fire" is a mix of flamenco, fusion, jazz, Latin and classical music bathed with beauty and compassion. It is simply three mind blowing musicians that united to produce the last word in acoustic guitar music and an unbelievable chapter in the history of music. This guitar summit lives up to its title.
Never has an album been so justly deserving of its title. In 1983, the guitar super trio of John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola and Paco DeLucia followed up their phenomenal live acoustic album Friday Night in San Francisco with this masterpiece of a studio recording. The prevailing opinion at the time was that the raw excitement of the original live recording could never be matched in the recording studio. Delightfully, the Trio answered all those who had questioned its potential with Passion Grace and Fire. Its greater dependence upon melodies may even make PG&F the superior release.
Each guitarist contributed two compositions, and all pieces feature the Trio playing written out parts and improvising over a theme. No player dominates, as the format does not provide for contests or duels. And best of all, the acoustic guitars are recorded flawlessly.
"David" is an enchanting John McLaughlin composition where he delivers a haunting and seemingly time-defying lead performance. McLaughlin is the very rare (or perhaps unique) musician who quite literally is able to bend or suspend time in his playing. It is really quite unexplainable.
DeLucia's brilliance is clearly heard in his piece "Chiquito", in which he expands the language of Flamenco into all sorts of open spaces. DiMeola's strongest moments occur during his composition honored as the title piece. Timed in at just a little over 30 brief minutes, Passion Grace and Fire could have included a few more tunes, but it's still a masterpiece.
John McLaughlin, Yamaha classical flamenco-type guitar - gut strung (John plays on center channel)
Al Di Meola, Ovation 6-string acoustic guitar - steel strung (Al plays on left channel)
Paco De Lucia, Spanish flamenco guitar, built in Spain - gut strung (Paco plays on right channel)
1. Aspan (Composer: John McLaughlin)
2. Orient Blue Suite (Composer: Al Di Meola)
3. Chiquito (Composer: Paco De Lucia)
1. Sichia (Composer: Paco De Lucia)
2. David (Composer: John McLaughlin)
3. Passion, Grace & Fire (Composer: Al Di Meola)
THE ULTIMATE SOUND QUALITY FROM AUDIO FIDELITY
You've never heard your favorite music sound this good!
The clarity is truly exceptional.
Engineers Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray use their 30 years of expertise to create the best sounding versions of the music ever released.
Our Vinyl series of 180g Virgin Vinyl 12” LPs features some of the classic recorded concert performances of all time. These are both single or double-gatefold album packages that include all the details and imagery of the recorded performance. The titles in the series include albums at both 33 1/3 rpm as well as some soon to be released at 45 rpm for the peak in quality of sound. This unique set of recordings truly lives up to our name by offering the ultimate sound experience, absolute Audio Fidelity.
Audio Fidelity, it’s as simple as 1-2-3……our three basic principles
To be associated with classic artists and entertainers;
To keep the integrity of the artist’s original vision intact; and,
To reproduce vintage recordings with the finest quality sound based on our supreme standards of quality control.