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Road to You

Pat Metheny, Pat Metheny & Lyle MaysAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000CZ0Q7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A trio of Grammy Award-winning albums by the Pat Metheny Group return to the artists's active discography on Nonesuch. Still Life (Talking (1987), Letter from Home (1989), and The Road To You (1993) are the first in a series of remastered reissues of Geffen Records titles.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars does not do this art justice. May 19, 2006
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From where Metheny and his group members,

(of a common soul, I'd almost swear,

playing different tools from the same heart

with different fingers) take me and took

European audiences on this album,

I would have titled it "Levitation."

Music, well composed and performed, built

and played with care, love, creativity

and talent, takes me places that approach


With this work on the audiograph I am

transported places VERY few other musicians

have ever taken me close to, in any genre.

I can only compare it to feeling lifted up

and floating, being held aloft--levitated--

by Pat's group, working together so tightly

while flowing, like liquid, over and through

the songs' melodies, arrangements, rhythms.

Listening, right now, to this CD's version of

the Metheny-Mays standard "First Circle."

Am in the clouds! Think it's just my opinion?

Listen to the crowd! Damn!

Those big, blocky Mays chords.

Buy the album. Put it in a car's player.

Turn it up!!! You will thank me.

You will thank those 6 guys.

You won't want to get where you're going.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating!!! May 8, 2006
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I have little time or I could go on and on about this recording, but - "Third Wind" on this album is the best version of that tremendous, wild, track; "Letter from Home" is poignant, to the point that I've seen it bring people to tears; Fabulous version of "Last Train Home"; "Half Life of Absolution" may take some time to get into, but once there, one can feel the urgency of the track - tremendous. All in all, a terrific album and if you're on the fence about buying it, take the plunge for "Third Wind" alone. Note that the excerpt of this song from Amazon is at one of the weakest parts of the track (still a good part but not as strong as other parts) - they should add something from Metheny's rip-roaring guitar-synth solo towards the end of the track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EUROPIAN VACATION November 7, 2006
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Some years ago, I was working at my job in surgery when a friendly female nurse asked what that great jazz I was listening to. I told her it was Pat Metheny. She asked was there more like that. I replied--not thinking as I was busy--"Yeah, I think you would like about anything he does. Just give it a try." What I didn't remember was Pat had just put out the SONGS X album with Ornette Coleman and (wouldn't you know it) that was the album she bought. The two days later she threw the tape in my face and yelled "you can just have this c**p!". She never spoke to me again. It kinda upset me because she was every bit of alright.

Since that time, one has to pick Metheny's albums carefully. There seems to be drive, which one guesses is an occupational hazard among popular jazz musicians, to prove to your contemporaries that you indeed are "artistic" and a deadly serious creative type. After all, no one wants to be regarded as another Kenny G. What comes out is this earnest, edgy stuff appreciated by aficionados of "deep jazz"--otherwise known as "pure music". Whatever the effect these immersions have on peer respectability, they sell very few records. They also have the lethal effect of persuading the general public that jazz is not for them.

Fortunately, THE ROAD TO YOU has none of impulses to bow to the jazz elite. This is an excellent record full of the most loved pieces in the Metheny catalogue. The live performances and the mixing are about all you could ask for given the recording art of the time. THE ROAD TO YOU is also absent any traces of one of Metheny's favorite guitar-synth sounds I lovingly call "the raging elephant". There have been several great Metheny albums since this recording and he continues to draw an ever larger fan base.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, Elegant Restatement of their repertoire... May 2, 2007
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This is a very nice recording with one really impressive piect that finally has been recorded after hearing it performed in concert for quite a few years, that being "The Half Life of Absolution". That piece alone, for me, is worth the price of the CD. Expansive, edgy, ambient and improvisational. It features the group in a different mode considering that the recordings that immediately preceded it ("Letter From Home", "Still Life (Talking)" and "First Circle") Those recording were more based in world-beat music forms that were mostly latin-based while this, this was something spacey, ambient, edgy, plaintive, improvisational and vital.

The recording starts out with one of the essential Metheny/Mays pieces, "Have You Heard?". The solos and passages are faithful to the original but really no real surprises except for a slightly different feel due to the live environ.

"First Circle" is one of their masterpieces and an album highlight. Again done very true to form. Just beautiful and this one should be left alone because this piece is unique in it's scope, vision and beauty. Lyle takes his solo in excellent form.

"Last Train Home" was actually better than the studio version that was done in "Still Life (Talking)". That feel, that attracted you to this piece in the first place is much more urgent here. Aznar provides a subtle vocal embellishment and you feel the plaintive, wistfulness of the piece. Steve Rodby's bass is essential to this.

"Better Days Ahead" - This version is much better than in "Letter From Home". Paul Wertico's backbeat, Lyle's piano solo and Pat's guitar solos are more expressive and frankly better than in the original.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!
EXCELLENT!!! The product totally met my expectations. The way the music is performed,the musicians and the compositions are outstanding. Really good.
Published 6 months ago by amafan
5.0 out of 5 stars Metheny Live!
Very good recording from Mid-90's of Pat Metheny live. I don't know if it was from all one concert or pieced together. Some really good stuff on here. Highly recommended.
Published 7 months ago by luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Tasty Stuff
It's from Pat Matheny - what more can you say?
He's added some African rhythms and harmonies to his repertoire and we're all the better for it.
Published 8 months ago by J. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This album is superb! It is one of the few albums I've ever heard that I can't say one bad thing about. Excellent, superb, perfect.
Published 11 months ago by arlene
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives me goosebumps.
I am a music lover, but hardly qualified to critique Pat Metheny's group on this album. It simply resonants with me and makes me feel good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. B. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant modern jazz album
This is my favorite Pat Metheny Group album (that I have heard). These guys are truly master musicians, composers and performers!
Published 13 months ago by Idon'twantapenname!
5.0 out of 5 stars great !
really great. old one scracthed so glad to get new and so quickly. I was afraid I would not be able to find another
Published 19 months ago by sandra wohlers
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM
Published 19 months ago by ARX
5.0 out of 5 stars makes a great best of+great recording
cuts of europe tour that seem like just 1 concert. Makes a great "best of" Pat and Lyle's stuff. Excellent sound quality.
Published 22 months ago by noneighbors
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Metheny albums
Still one of the best of Pat's large cannon of fantastic work, this album is fun, fast, joyous, and the musicianship superb, as usual. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by sportsfan
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Remastered Versions: Are they worth it?
I wonder the same thing. The recording quality on "The Road to You" is superb. I'm sure that improvements could be made on some of the earlier albums (First Circle, Offramp, Watercolors, the first one). I use "Still Life (talking)" for stereo evaluation, for goodness' sake.... Read More
Feb 28, 2008 by J. Stimson |  See all 5 posts
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