Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia - Friday Night in San Francisco (2LP, 45RPM)
Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia - Friday Night in San Francisco (2LP, 45RPM)
Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia - Friday Night in San Francisco (2LP, 45RPM)
Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia - Friday Night in San Francisco (2LP, 45RPM)

Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia - Friday Night in San Francisco (2LP, 45RPM)

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Al Di Meola, guitar (A1 Right Channel, B1 Right Channel, D1 Right Channel, D2 Right Channel) [click here to see other vinyl featuring Al Di Meola]

John McLaughlin, guitar (B1 Left Channel, C1 Left Channel, D1 Middle Channel, D2 Middle Channel) [click here to see more vinyl featuring John McLaughlin]

Paco de Lucía, guitar (A1 Left Channel, C1 Right Channel, D1 Left Channel, D2 Left Channel) 

Written by Al Di Meola (A1, D1), Paco DeLucia (A1), Chick Corea (B1), Egberto Gismonti (C1), John McLaughlin (D2)


2 LPs, standard sleeve

Limited to 3,000 copies

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”


Live (A1 to D1) & Studio (D2)

Record Press : RTI

Label : Impex Records

Original Label : Columbia

A1 to D1 recorded live at The Warfield Theatre San Francisco, California, on Friday, 5 December 1980

D2  recorded and mixed at Minot Sound, White Plains, New York

Engineered by Ray Bardani

Produced by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia

Remastered by Bernie Grundman and Bob Donnelly

Originally released in 1981

Reissued in 2020



Side A : 

  1. Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho

Side B :

  1. Short Tales Of The Black Forest

Side C :

  1. Frevo Rasgado

Side D :

  1. Fantasia Suite
  2. Guardian Angel



        TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal

        Rated One of the Ten Best Vinyl Reissues of 2020 by Jeff Wilson in the January 2021 Issue of The Absolute Sound - Rated 2/10!

        Positive Feedback 2020 Writer's Choice Album Of The Year Award Winner!


        Reviews :

        "Loose and spontaneous, this (mainly) live album is a meeting of three of the greatest guitarists in the world for an acoustic summit the likes of which the guitar-playing community rarely sees. Broken up into three duo and two trio performances, Friday Night in San Francisco catches all three players at the peaks of their quite formidable powers. The first track features Al di Meola and Paco de Lucía teaming up for a medley of di Meola's "Mediterranean Sundance" (first recorded by the duo on di Meola's classic 1976 album Elegant Gypsy) and de Lucía's own "Rio Ancho." It is a delightful performance, full of the fire and inhuman chops that one expects from two players of this caliber. However, the two guitarists obviously have big ears, and they complement each other's solos with percussive, driving rhythm parts. There is a laid-back, humorous element to Friday Night in San Francisco as well, best witnessed in di Meola and John McLaughlin's performance of Chick Corea's "Short Tales of the Black Forest." Rapid-fire licks from the pair soon give way to atonal striking of the body of the guitar, running picks along the strings, etc. Before the farce is completed, they have played a blues and quoted the Pink Panther theme. It is funny stuff, and it serves to dispel the image of the trio, especially di Meola, as super-serious clinicians more concerned with technique than music. The other great piece of evidence against such a narrow-minded claim can be found in both the quality of the compositions featured on Friday Night in San Francisco as well as the sensitivity and dynamic variation brought to the performances. A perfect example of this is the sole studio track, a McLaughlin composition entitled "Guardian Angel" (the opening theme of which is taken straight from "Guardian Angels," a song that appears on McLaughlin's 1978 Electric Dreams album). It is a fine piece, and one that features a haunting melody as well as some of the best solos on the record. All in all, Friday Night in San Francisco is a fantastic album and one of the best entries in all of these guitarists' fine discographies." AllMusic Review by Daniel Gioffre

        "(...) this new 45 RPM pressing, again from Impex, takes the music to a new level. In addition to the original Columbia LP pressing (which is no slouch on its own), I also compared it to the Sony Gold CD, the Sony K2 SACD, a Sony DSD download, the Speakers Corner/Phillips 180 gram reissue and the Original Recording Group (ORG) 180 gram 45 RPM reissue.

        The differences were not subtle for a recording that I thought was already impressive on all of these releases. This Impex reissue was mastered by Bernie Grundman who also personally cut all the lacquers. Dorin Sauerbierat at RTI did the plating and it was pressed at RTI under Rick Hashimoto's supervision. It astounds me that there was still more information to dig out of those master tapes. Congrats to the entire production team as they have really stepped up their game against some very stiff competition. Also, congrats to Abey Fonn at Impex and Kevin Berg at Elusive Disc for driving this project forward. It was well worth the effort!

        Talk about tangible! There is a correctness of presentation and a visceral like rhythm and drive that is now demonstrated well beyond what I heard before. All of this is executed with a liquidity and timbral purity that is simply amazing. These variables are rarely placed in the proper perspective. Most of the time the sound leans to one side of the fence or the other. Here, there is a balance that is just thrilling!

        Let's not forget about what is most important - the music! Typically used as a standard demo at most audio shows, I feel like this recording is much more than just an audiophile favorite. These highly respected if not world class guitarists were at the top of their game at the time and were virtually on fire in their playing. Now, you can easily tell how much fun they were having as was the audience. The emotion really shines through for both which is always so much more enjoyable. This is an important recording and this new reissue is highly recommended!" - Robert Youman, Positive Feedback, 2020 Writer's Choice Award for Album Of The Year


        Ratings :

        AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,44 / 5 , The Absolute Sound : 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sonics

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