Al Di Meola to release second Beatles covers album

Al Di Meola
(Image credit: Ear Music)

Jazz fusion legend is to releasee a new album celebrating the music of The Beatles. Across The Universe will be released through Ear Music on March 13. It's a follow-up to Di Meola's 2013 collection All Your Life: A Tribute To The Beatles.

Di Meola also reenacts the famous John Lennon cover for his 1975 solo album Rock ‘n’ Roll for the artwork for Across The Universe.

“I really credit the Beatles for the reason why I play guitar,” Di Meola tells Prog. “That was a major catalyst for me to want to learn music, so their impact was pretty strong.”

Across The Universe sees the guitarist mixing "lightening-speed electric guitar orchestrations balanced with lavish acoustic arrangements".

The full tracklisting is:

1. Here Comes The Sun
2. Golden Slumbers Medley
3. Dear Prudence
4. Norwegian Wood
5. Mother Nature’s Son
6. Strawberry Fields Forever
7. Yesterday
8. Your Mother Should Know
9. Hey Jude
10. I'll Follow The Sun
11. Julia
12. Till There Was You
13. Here, There And Everywhere
14. Octopus's Garden

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.