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American Garage

Pat MethenyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)


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The year 2013 has been a banner one for Pat Metheny. After being awarded his 20th Grammy, for Unity Band, and the release of his critically acclaimed recording of Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20, Metheny received word that the readers of DownBeat magazine had voted to induct him into its Hall of Fame. Not only is Metheny the youngest member, but he is also only the fourth jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Pat Metheny Store

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  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B0000261LA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD! June 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I spent some time in a particular record shop in L.A. as a twenty-something. In 1984, I kept examining a 2-disc live Jazz set called, 'TRAVELS' because something about the cover intrigued me. Finally, one day I broke down and purchased it even though I'd never heard of THE PAT METHENY GROUP. Every once in awhile you roll the dice and win big. Since then, Pat Metheny has enriched my life like no other musician!

It wasn't long before I discovered that some purely magical quality about his compositions (The tempo? No. The rhythms? Hmmm...) made them conducive to stress-free driving and seemingly transformed life seen through the windshield into some kind of imaginary movie. Oddly, everything one sees seems to be the ideal visual accompaniment to the music that is playing at all times. (I'll never forget listening to 'TRAVELS' through headphones while traveling by locomotive through the deep woods between Fort Bragg and Willits, California. It was a nearly mystical experience!)

After awhile I acquired other P.M.G. recordings like his elaborately textured, Brazilian-accented sets, 'THE FIRST CIRCLE', 'STILL LIFE (TALKING)', and 'LETTER FROM HOME' (my favorites) and found that I could put any one of them into my car player and let it repeat for - LITERALLY - a month or more without tiring of it.

Because Metheny's sound DID gain a deeper and richer resonance over the years and because I never owned 'AMERICAN GARAGE' on lp, I didn't realize that this disc was poorly mastered, as several other reviewers have pointed out. But it's true : the sound has a pronounced high-end jangling to it, and while it won't entirely infringe on your listening pleasure, it does leave something to be desired. (Like a little bass perhaps!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC March 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is a classic. Metheny has many different styles. This is a very popular style. His sound chops and heart are all in this one. I like his new stuff too but this is where it starts for me. The cd was not mixed well like others have stated. I own the cd but I also have recorded the record on to cd which sounds much better. How can anyone give this classic less than 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST SMILE AND HANG OUT WITH INTELLIGENT PEOPLE August 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Ranks among Pat Metheny's very best. I would recommend AMERICAN GARAGE to almost anyone who wants to get a taste of jazz as it came out of the "lost years" of the 1970's. There are some sounds among these pieces that would become a part of the "smooth jazz" movement as it would become known in the 1990's; but there is nothing to fear about for being accused of being "light weight" or "diluted" that drew the wrath of jazz heads toward the endless parade of phonies that so many felt "stole" attention and record purchases away from real jazz.

Far from dreary, AMERICAN GARAGE sings of joy and provides much to interest upon repeated listening. Metheny would go on to be a small jazz industry in himself in succeeding years and his musical vocabulary would expand--sometimes not for the better. Nevertheless, this is the perfect marriage of electric guitar and keyboards many still seek today. Only five cuts; but pleasing and intelligent all the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Garage........ September 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to numerous musical recordings by the PMG from age 10 until present day. "The Search" was and still is one of my favorite recordings. A reviewer said that he likes to listen to the PMG while traveling. From his description, while listening, he's instantly transported into a movie like setting. Back in the day, circa 1978 or 80, I was really in love with life, my family, friends and the thought of just being alive. The last time I heard this song was about a year ago or so. Still to this very day, I can remember as a child, closing my eyes, listening to this particular tune, and envisioning how life should be. (And then I grew up and soon came to the realization that life most definitely is cable of throwing a couple of curve balls now and then. Seems more often that not sometimes.) Never the less, I still enjoy this song for its worth and to me, it's worth the memories that I once had and the memories that are yet to come. ( ^ _ ^ )
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pat's Best November 23, 2004
By L. Su
Format:Audio CD
As one of the other reviewers mentioned, this is one of Pat's least favorite recordings. And this makes me sad, because I really think it's one of his best albums. (Of course, for all I know that quote came at a particular moment, and he doesn't feel that way anymore.) This album delivers, beautifully, the sound and the ideas that define Pat as a musician. If you love that sound, you will definitely love this album! Pat's playing from the heart, and it's real; it's happening. The compositions are inspired, and the album is totally coherent as a statement. I know a lot of people are into Pat's most recent Group albums, but I don't think they're as authentic and heartfelt as "American Garage". This is the album that got me started listening to Pat, back in '78 (I believe), and I hope people will start giving it the respect it deserves. And I include Pat himself in that! One semi-important note - the audio quality of this CD is pathetic. The original vinyl version sounded 100% better than this. Someone needs to do a quality remastering - please!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Where it all went wrong
This record was a total disappointment and turnoff for me, especially coming after great, great records like Bright Size Life, Watercolors, and the first PMG record. Read more
Published on July 7, 2010 by Art Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A garage jazz classic!!!
This was the first album I heard from Metheny back when it was first released in '79. It's still a favorite many years later. Read more
Published on September 18, 2007 by D. Gorman "Crystalline Structure Moon"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Dated, But Still Great Guitar
Though I've listened to Pat Metheny since before he released Bright Size Life (still his best) in 1975, I'd never owned this one until recently. Read more
Published on April 6, 2007 by Bradley F. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars At the Crossroads...
When you're gradually becoming a top-dog musician, you're constantly experimenting with different techniques to improve your craft so that you finally find a voice that pleases... Read more
Published on January 7, 2007 by Yuzo Crazy
4.0 out of 5 stars An adventure of my own
Purchase this just because I like Pat Metheny. I was not familiar with this CD, I purchased this on a chance. It is a good buy if you are a PM fan.
Published on November 10, 2006 by Roger Laurel
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of His Best!!!
I have listened to Pat Metheny for almost 3 decades. I have found most of his earlier works a bit more interesting to listen to. Read more
Published on December 25, 2005 by Mr. Music Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving album!
This dazzling work finds to Metheny in high creative spirits. Heartland is a joyful and rhythmic theme with interesting curtains by Pat. Read more
Published on August 10, 2005 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music less than great CD 3 for CD 5 for music
I have to agree with the reviewer who questioned the qualty of the CD mastering. Recently, when testing speakers, I brought along a couple of tracks of this CD, being one of my... Read more
Published on February 25, 2005 by 80/81
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