Personnel: Al Di Meola (guitar, guitars, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar, Synclavier); Airto Moreira (vocals, percussion); Jose Renato, Jos Renato (vocals); Phil Markowitz (piano, synthesizer); Kei Akagi, Anthony Jackson (keyboards); Chip Jackson (acoustic bass, electric bass); Harvie Swartz (acoustic bass); Tommy Brechtlein, Danny Gottlieb, Tom Brechtlein (drums); Carlos DaSilva "Beluba" Pinto, Elizeu Felix, Roberto Pinheiro, Mino Cinelu (percussion); Dan Mockensturm (programming).
Programmer: Dan Mockensturm.
Audio Remasterers: Andrew Thompson ; Bob Ludwig.
Liner Note Author: Alyn Shipton.
Recording information: Atlantic Studios (04/1987); Power Station (04/1987); Right Track Recording, New York, NY (04/1987).
Photographers: Peter Zander; Beverly Parker.
Arrangers: Kei Akagi; Al Di Meola.
The U.K.'s BGO Records reissues three Al di Meola mid-'80s albums on a pair of CDs. First is the nearly smooth jazz Soaring Through a Dream released originally on EMI's Manhattan imprint in 1985 -- this album was an attempt by the great guitarist to score a hit single or two on the then-newly formed smooth jazz radio format. Next is the lightweight acoustic set Cielo e Terra, released during the same year, that is easily the best in this bunch, as it .contains a couple of fine tines such as the title track and "Atavism of Twilight." Finally, the 1987 offering, Tirami Su, was a half-hearted attempt by the guitarist to return to fusion -- the very thing that had established his reputation in the first place. A motley collection to be sure. ~ Thom Jurek