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Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin – Live At Montreux 2011 (2013) [Hi-Res FLAC from Blu-Ray] {24bit/96kHz}

Santana and McLaughlin – Live At Montreux 2011 (2013)
FLAC(Tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 134:46 minutes | 2,99 MB
Source: Blu-Ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment > LPCM 24/96 track)
Cover sleeve & Digital booklet

On July 1st, 2011, Montreux hosted the reunion of two master guitarists, Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, with their Invitation To Illumination concert. Both musicians have been regulars at Montreux across the years but this was the first time they headlined their own concert together. The show features most of the tracks from their classic 1973 album Love Devotion Surrender mixed in with a wealth of other material. The evening was a showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality and typified the approach of these two great artists. It is certainly a performance not to be missed.

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Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia – Friday Night In San Francisco (1981/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/176.4kHz]

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucía – Friday Night In San Francisco (1981/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/176,4 kHz | Time – 41:02 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Friday Night In San Francisco is widely considered the most influential of all live acoustic guitar albums. This primarily live and unprecedented set captured at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre features the meeting of three legendary guitarists: John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Paco De Lucia. Its highlights include McLaughlin’s duet with De Lucia on the Gismonti tune, “Frevo Rasgado,” the breathtaking duet version of Chick Corea’s “Short Tales Of The Black Forest” and the studio version of McLaughlin’s “Guardian Angel.” Experience one of music’s most historic events in pristine hi-res. Absolutely essential.

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Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin – Love Devotion Surrender (1973) [MFSL SACD 2011] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin – Love Devotion Surrender (1973) [MFSL SACD 2011]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:54 minutes | Scans included | 1,7 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 905 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2080

A hopelessly misunderstood record in its time by Santana fans — they were still reeling from the radical direction shift toward jazz on Caravanserai and praying it was an aberration — it was greeted by Santana devotees with hostility, contrasted with kindness from major-league critics like Robert Palmer. To hear this recording in the context of not only Carlos Santana’s development as a guitarist, but as the logical extension of the music of John Coltrane and Miles Davis influencing rock musicians — McLaughlin, of course, was a former Davis sideman — this extension makes perfect sense in the post-Sonic Youth, post-rock era. With the exception of Coltrane’s “Naima” and McLaughlin’s “Meditation,” this album consists of merely three extended guitar jams played on the spiritual ecstasy tip — both men were devotees of guru Shri Chinmoy at the time. The assembled band included members of Santana’s band and the Mahavishnu Orchestra in Michael Shrieve, Billy Cobham, Doug Rauch, Armando Peraza, Jan Hammer (playing drums!), and Don Alias. But it is the presence of the revolutionary jazz organist Larry Young — a colleague of McLaughlin’s in Tony Williams’ Lifetime band — that makes the entire project gel. He stands as the great communicator harmonically between the two very different guitarists whose ideas contrasted enough to complement one another in the context of Young’s aggressive approach to keep the entire proceeding in the air. In the acknowledgement section of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” which opens the album, Young creates a channel between Santana’s riotous, transcendent, melodic runs and McLaughlin’s rapid-fire machine-gun riffing. Young’ double-handed striated chord voicings offered enough for both men to chew on, leaving free-ranging territory for percussive effects to drive the tracks from underneath. Check “Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord,” which was musically inspired by Bobby Womack’s “Breezing” and dynamically foreshadowed by Pharoah Sanders’ read of it, or the insanely knotty yet intervallically transcendent “The Life Divine,” for the manner in which Young’s organ actually speaks both languages simultaneously. Young is the person who makes the room for the deep spirituality inherent in these sessions to be grasped for what it is: the interplay of two men who were not merely paying tribute to Coltrane, but trying to take his ideas about going beyond the realm of Western music to communicate with the language of the heart as it united with the cosmos. After three decades, Love Devotion Surrender still sounds completely radical and stunningly, movingly beautiful.

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The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin – The Inner Mounting Flame (1971/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin – The Inner Mounting Flame (1971/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 1:01:43 minutes | 1.29 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia/Legacy

The Inner Mounting Flame is Mahavishnu Orchestra’s debut studio album originally released in 1971 by Columbia Records. The jazz-rock group performed tracks composed by leader John McLaughlin.

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Al Di Meola, John Mclaughlin, Paco de Lucia – Friday Night In San Francisco (1981) [Reissue 1999] {PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC}

Al Di Meola, John Mclaughlin, Paco de Lucia – Friday Night In San Francisco (1981) [Reissue 1999]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:56 minutes | Scans included | 1,26 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 833 MB
Genre: Jazz

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.

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Al Di Meola, John Mclaughlin, Paco de Lucia – Passion, Grace & Fire (1983) [Japanese SACD 2001 #SRGS 4587] {PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC}

Al Di Meola, John Mclaughlin, Paco de Lucia – Passion, Grace & Fire (1983)
PS3 Rip | ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 31:37 minutes | Scans included | 995 MB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 629 MB
Japanese SACD 2001 #SRGS 4587 | Genre: Jazz

Paco de Lucía, born Francisco Sánchez Gómez (21 December 1947 – 26 February 2014), was a Spanish flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists who has also successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz.

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