Guitar Virtuoso Al Di Meola Releases Tribute to The Beatles All Your Life
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 06:22 PM EDT
Guitar virtuoso, Al Di Meola, released a personal tribute to The Beatles with his new album, All Your Life, today, September 10th. Recorded in analogue at Abbey Road Studios in London, where the Beatles created most of their records during their heyday, All Your Life stands as a triumph in the long and illustrious career of a bona fide guitar hero. The album is now available on iTunes, here: http://bit.ly/AllYourLife. You can also check out a full stream of All Your Life, on MSN Music's Listening Booth, here: music.msn.com/music/listeningbooth.
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"Di Meola has created a gem of an album" - Downbeat Magazine
Nearly 50 years after the first wave of Beatlemania washed onto Stateside shores, the six-string superstar returns to his early roots in paying a personal tribute to that seminal influence with All Your Life. A virtual one-man show of virtuosity, All Your Life features the guitar great interpreting 14 familiar Beatles tunes in the stripped-down setting of strictly acoustic guitar. On some tracks, like "In My Life" and "Because," he overdubs three guitars to get the rich, shimmering textures and intricate patterns created on his signature Al Di Meola Conde Hermanos nylon string guitar, his Gibson steel string guitar and a 1948 Martin acoustic. Others like "Penny Lane," "I Am The Walrus" and "I Will" utilize two guitars while "And I Love Her," "Blackbird" and "If I Fell" utilized a single guitar track. All the percussion heard throughout the recording is Di Meola himself slapping the wood body of his instrument or strumming muted strings for percussive effect. All the tracks are imbued with the guitarist's signature flamenco flourishes, intricate arpeggiating and dazzling cross-picking. Only one track does he employ other musicians (a dramatic reading of "Eleanor Rigby" that features a string quartet).
Music veteran Steve Vai praises the album, stating, "The Beatles music may be timeless but one of the beautiful things about it is the way people re-record it and give it their own spin. After listening to Al DiMeola's Beatles tribute I suspects it's the most unique take on that music I have heard. His inimitable sense of syncopation saturates the grooves while is round and gorgeous acoustic finger tones dance this music instead of just performing it. It's quite a treat even for people who may not be Beatles fans... if there are any."
"I've come full circle with this," says Di Meola, who was inducted into Guitar Player's Gallery of Greats in 1981 after four consecutive wins as Best Jazz Guitarist in the magazine's Readers Poll. "I started out my life loving the Beatles, and I never stopped, just like a lot of so many other guitarists from my generation. In the middle, we all went into whatever music we pursued in our careers -- fusion, jazz, whatever it might be. We all wanted to further our craft. But when you come back to the Beatles' music, it's like, 'Man, this stuff is still happening! All of it!' And there's not a day that goes by that we're not somehow touched by the Beatles, whether it's a story online or something we hear. It's almost every day that we see some connection in our lives with the Beatles."
While he says that certain tunes like "She's Leaving Home" and "I Am The Walrus" were relatively easy to execute, others like "Penny Lane" and "Michelle" were extremely difficult. "Some of this stuff was as hard to practice and get right, in terms of the way that I syncopated it, as anything of Piazzolla's. Even though you could view the Beatles as more simplistic music, it's in the way that you approach it. And some of them were really tricky."
The September release of Di Meola's All Your Life is the culmination of his own personal magical mystery tour. "This project is a lifelong dream, long overdue and immensely fulfilling!" says the guitar great. He plans to follow up this fall with a "Beatles and More" tour featuring his World Sinfonia augmented by string quartet.
Al Di Meola released All Your Life today, September 10th, 2013. Physical release will be available via Viliana Music and Media/Songsurfer via an exclusive partnership with Allegro Media Group on September 24th, 2013. You can purchase All Your Life here: http://bit.ly/AllYourLife. You can also check out a full stream of All Your Life, on MSN Music's Listening Booth, here: music.msn.com/music/listeningbooth.
All Your Life
Label - Valiana Music and Media/Songsurfer.
Exclusive US Distribution - Allegro Media Group
Approved media assets for download can be found at
1. In My Life
2. And I Love Her
5. I Will
6. Eleanor Rigby
7. Penny Lane
9. I Am The Walrus
10. Day In The Life
11. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
12. With A Little Help From My Friends
13. If I Fell
14. She's Leaving Home
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