As a guitar player I like to occasionally listen to Al Dimeola's indomitable guitar histrionics. So yesterday I bought his near mint LP "Soaring Through A Dream" on a sidewalk sale for a couple of bucks. Never heard that record before, so I sat down for a listen. The opening track "Capoeira" is a bland enough Brazilian mid tempo, however it keeps going on for over 9 minutes. OK, no problem, I'm waiting patiently for Mr. Dimeola to jump in and start shredding on his guitar. Nothing. The second tracks starts, again with that cheesy dated synth sound. Then it dawned on me -- it's all Al! He is playing the bloody Synclaiver guitar synth. Dear god, how horrible! So where is the Synclavier guitar synth today? I remember all the celebrity guitarists back in the mid '80s raving about Synclavier. I remember reading interviews by John McLaughlin, Pet Metheny, Zappa, etc. and they were all talking how Synclavier is the future of guitar playing. So what happened? How come it never progressed beyond those cheesy, unlistenable and glitchy sounds?