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Across the Universe

Al Di Meola

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With his new album Across the Universe that has just come out, Al Di Meola reminds us of his passion for The Beatles. Like 2013's All Your Life before it, this record is entirely dedicated to the Fab Four, with covers of hits (Strawberry Fields Forever, Hey Jude, Yesterday) as well as less well-known hidden gems (Julia). The album cover is also a distinct nod to John Lennon's solo 1975 album Rock'n'Roll: a well-rounded homage. In amongst all the various tributes to The Beatles nowadays, this one is extremely well executed, namely because Al Di Meola stays himself from start to finish. Jazz fusion, flamenco, rock... it's all in the mix. His legendary talent beautifully complements the melodic genius of the Lennon/McCartney duo. The instrumental pyrotechnics that drive Al Di Meola fans crazy are bolstered here by tablas, brass, strings and even some accordion. The only (slight) downside is that this opus focuses exclusively on ballads... we would have loved to hear this guitar hero taken on Helter Skelter or Revolution! ©️ Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz

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Al Di Meola

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1
Here Comes the Sun
00:03:26

GEORGE HARRISON, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - HARRISONGS LTD, MusicPublisher

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

2
Golden Slumbers Suite
00:06:17

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

3
Dear Prudence
00:04:35

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Artist, MainArtist - Hernan Romero, Backing Vocals - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher - Valentina Di Meola, Backing Vocals

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

4
Norwegian Wood
00:06:06

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher - Amit Kavithar, Tabla

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

5
Mother Nature's Son
00:04:01

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

6
Strawberry Fields Forever
00:05:47

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher - Amit Kavithar, Tabla

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

7
Yesterday
00:05:09

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Artist, MainArtist - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

8
Your Mother Should Know
00:04:30

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Hernan Romero, Guitar - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

9
Hey Jude
00:04:51

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Hernan Romero, Guitar - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher - Fausto Beccalossi, Other instrument

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

10
I'll Follow the Sun
00:04:28

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Al Di Meola, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Hernan Romero, Percussion - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

11
Julia
00:04:42

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Hernan Romero, Guitar - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher - Fausto Beccalossi, Other instrument

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

12
Till There Was You
00:04:37

Meredith Willson, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - Frank-Music Corp, MusicPublisher

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

13
Here, There and Everywhere
00:02:31

John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Artist, MainArtist - Sony-ATV, MusicPublisher

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

14
Octopus's Garden
00:00:46

Richard Starkey, Composer - Al Di Meola, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Artist, MainArtist - STARTLING MUSIC LTD, MusicPublisher - Ava Di Meola, Backing Vocals

2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel. 2020 Edel Germany GmbH. earMUSIC is a project of Edel.

Album review

With his new album Across the Universe that has just come out, Al Di Meola reminds us of his passion for The Beatles. Like 2013's All Your Life before it, this record is entirely dedicated to the Fab Four, with covers of hits (Strawberry Fields Forever, Hey Jude, Yesterday) as well as less well-known hidden gems (Julia). The album cover is also a distinct nod to John Lennon's solo 1975 album Rock'n'Roll: a well-rounded homage. In amongst all the various tributes to The Beatles nowadays, this one is extremely well executed, namely because Al Di Meola stays himself from start to finish. Jazz fusion, flamenco, rock... it's all in the mix. His legendary talent beautifully complements the melodic genius of the Lennon/McCartney duo. The instrumental pyrotechnics that drive Al Di Meola fans crazy are bolstered here by tablas, brass, strings and even some accordion. The only (slight) downside is that this opus focuses exclusively on ballads... we would have loved to hear this guitar hero taken on Helter Skelter or Revolution! ©️ Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz

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