Al Dimeola: from the land of the midnight sun

"Land of the Midnight Sun" (1977) was an epochal electric guitar album .

Al Dimeola was quite young at the time he recorded it - - but what a distinctive style and sound he had already developed! He combined soaring lead guitar sounds with an incredible rhyhmic articulation.

His electric playing inspired me to buy a Mesa Boogie amp, which was very expensive, exotic and hard to get down here in those days... and on the same album his Bach's Bouree in B minor inspired me to get hold of a classical guitar. I'm sure many others had similar experiences. How many artists influence so many people in their lifetime? He is one of the greats.