AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
Impex -- IMP6031-45 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue
3,000 Numbered Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI
Mastered by Bernie Grundman - Columbia CS 8079
This famously outstanding recording has been reissued several times—and this latest edition from Impex sounds fabulous. Cut from the original analog tapes by Chris Bellman and Bob Donnelly at Bernie Grundman Mastering The hall’s acoustic is wide and deep, with the placement of the group onstage quite natural relative to the audience. The playing is thrilling to hear, and sometimes amusing, as with the playful back and forth between McLaughlin and Di Meola during Chick Corea’s “Short Tales of the Black Forest.” Limited to 3000 copies. Highly recommended.- TAS
Kudos to Impex Records on a fantastic reissue of an album that has always been special to many people - Friday Night in San Francisco. The music comes from a trifecta of incredible guitarists: Al Di Meola, the late flamenco maestro Paco de Lucía, and the one-and-only John McLaughlin. Pressed on 180g vinyl, the double LP set is superbly remastered. Impex Records is one of the best audiophile labels around. If you liked the original recording from 1981, you must check out this new edition. Rhythm Planet,
Numbered Limited Edition - 3000 Copies!
All-Analog 180g 45rpm Vinyl Edition!
Mastered by Chris Bellman & at Bernie Grundman Mastering From Original Analog Master Tapes!
Every lightning strum.
Every impossibly perfect run.
Every dynamic blast.
Every tonal nuance.
Every staccato reverberation.
Every unexpected moment of towering virtuosity.
Every caught breath.
Every thunderous applause.
Everything you've loved about this iconic, reference-defining recording is laid bare, reproduced with stunning fidelity and nuance. Featuring all-analog mastering by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering and an exclusive foil-stamped jacket for this very special release. This Di Meola-McLaughlin-De Lucia classic could only come from the LP fetishists at Impex Records.
Listen as Impex's 180g vinyl, spinning at 45 revolutions per minute, reveals everything to your hungry, deep-listening ears. Ready to redefine definitive again.
• Numbered Limited Edition - 3000 Copies
• 45rpm 180 Gram Vinyl
• Double LP
• All-analog mastering by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
• Exclusive foil-stamped jacket by Stoughton
Al Di Meola, guitar
John McLaughlin, guitar
Paco de Lucía, guitar
1. Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho
Composers: Al Di Meola and Paco DeLucia
Performed by: Paco DeLucia and Al Di Meola
1. Short Tales of the Black Forest
Composer: Chick Corea
Performed by John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola
1. Frevo Rasgado
Composer: Egberto Gismonti
Performed by John McLaughlin and Paco DeLucia
1. Fantasia Suite
Composer: Al Di Meola
Performed by Paco DeLucia, John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola
2. Guardian Angel
Composer: John McLaughlin
Performed by Paco DeLucia, John McLaughlin, and Al Di Meola
Recorded live at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, Friday 12/5/80
Impex Records is the exciting audiophile label from the team that brought you Cisco Music. With more than 20 years experience and 150 titles released, Cisco Music developed many of the techniques used by other labels to make higher quality 180-gram LPs, SACDs and Gold and aluminum CDs.
We brought definitive editions Jennifer Warnes' The Well, The Hunter and Famous Blue Raincoat in multiple formats, including a 45 rpm box set that Absolute Sound magazine declared "defines the state-of-the--art in vinyl playback." Other classic reissues we nurtured to fantastic rebirths include the jazz-rock perfection of Steely Dan's Aja, Joan Baez' Farewell Angelina, NathanMilstein's poetic interpretation of Dvorak's Violin Concerto and four exquisite 45-rpm Three Blind Mice LPs.
Even in our humbler origins we were trusted with the distribution and production of The Super Analogue Disc, the original audiophile 180-gram LPs. King Records recognized, from the very beginning, that Cisco Music brought unflinching passion to the music and unflailing dedication to the process of bringing that music to the most discerning listeners in the world.
Now as Impex Records some of the original Cisco staff (Abey Fonn, Robert Pincus and Robert Sliger), along with Robert Donnelly, will follow and expand our own high standards for a new generation of audiophile products. Analog products will always be cut using analog tapes and analog mastering at the finest mastering facilities like Sterling, Cohearent and Bernie Grundman--just as it should be. Gold CD's will always be cut with high-definition digital or analog tape transfers from original sources. We will introduce America to Sony's revolutionary Blu-Spec CD, which redefines production excellence in 16-bit digital playback.
With a singular vision for making the best records anywhere, Impex Records is poised to expand Cisco Music's peerless legacy well into the 21st century. It's going to be quite a journey and we look forward to your joining us. We have committed ourselves, with every new release, to your complete satisfaction.
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