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Al Di Meola molds the Fab Four's catalog like an expert potter / American Songwriter

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It seems like a no-brainer. Take a world class guitarist, set him loose on some Beatle songs and Hoover up the sales. 

But that's not how veteran musician Al Di Meola approaches his interpretations of the Fab Four's catalog. Rather, the famed jazz guitarist who got his start shredding fusion licks with Return to Forever and has since logged approximately 30 solo albums in both acoustic and electric formats, takes this Beatles-cover business seriously. Those who heard his first crack at the band's iconic material on 2013's All Your Life where he tackled 14 Lennon-McCartney tracks, know this is no quick cash-grab. Volume two, arriving seven years later, is just as impressive.  

Di Meola doesn't simply follow the basics of these 12 additional Beatles gems and one they covered (we'll ignore the closing 45 seconds of "Octopus's Garden" sung by his 3 year old daughter). Rather he molds them like an expert potter, maintaining the recognizable melodic structures while enhancing and embellishing the music with multiple guitar overdubs displaying Di Meola's tasteful speed and intricate dexterity. The guitarist adds his own intro to the opening "Here Comes the Sun" before shifting into Harrison's defining riff, then infuses a rockier element with a guitar solo, proving how creative and imaginative an interpretation this is. 

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