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The New York Times called Pat Metheny's 1992 Grammy Award-winning Secret Story the most sweepingly ambitious album that the jazz guitarist has yet recorded...a nearly 80-minute world-music suite with symphonic underpinnings. If the album functioned then, in the words of critic Stephen Holden, as part travelogue and part soundtrack for a nonexistent film, then this expanded and re-mastered edition can best be described as the director's cut. Composer and guitarist Metheny revisited and restored five previously unreleased tracks in the studio over the last year, and he's collected them on a bonus disc. More pastoral in tone than most of the original material on Secret Story and with a decidedly cinematic, orchestral feel these tracks are like the deleted scenes from a deeply evocative yet wordless narrative feature. Back in '92, Metheny declared that Secret Story was unlike anything I've ever done. It's the largest in scope - 80 people were involved in the record - but it's also the most intimate record I've done.

Disc: 1
1. Above the Treetops
2. Facing West
3. Cathedral In a Suitcase
4. Finding And Believing
5. The Longest Summer
6. Sunlight
7. Rain River
8. Always And Forever
9. See the World
10. As a Flower Blossoms
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Back In Time
2. Understanding
3. A Change In Circumstance
4. Look Ahead
5. As If It Were the End

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Wea/Atlantic/Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000UCEJCI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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100 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Brian Whistler VINE VOICE on October 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is my first foray into the remastered Geffen Metheny releases. I have heard they sound great and I don't doubt that: the fact is they already sounded great in their initial release. What drew me to this one was the promise of a second disc containing five unreleased songs from the Secret Story sessions. More on that later.

By the mid 80's Metheny felt stifled by ECM's pressure to make albums in one or two days with few or no overdubs and in 1985, left to make studio albums that took advantage of the advanced processing and mixing capablilities of the studio, an approach almost completely contrary to Manfred Eicher's european aseticism. Eicher's aesthetic worked quite well for most of the artists in his catalogue, even some of Metheny's own CDs, (As Fall Wichita Falls comes to mind,), but never seemed to gel for the Metheny Group albums. The Geffen people gave Metheny the time and sophisticated environment he needed to realize his vision. That vision was never more focused than on this side project, Secret Story. This was to be Pat's most personal and ambitious statement of his career.

Even without the extra disc it was a massive epic, clocking in just under the 80 minutes allotted for the CD format. Yet in 78 minutes or so, nearly every human emotion was explored, from the religious ecstasy of Above the Treetops, through the earthy optimism of Cathedral in a Suitcase, the epic transcendance of Finding and Believing, the forlorn longing of Tell Her You Saw Me to the soul searching strings of Antonia. It is a profoundly honest work, sweeping the listener along a journey through youth and innocence, discovery and heartbreak and finally to acceptance and healing.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Pink Noodle on January 11, 2008
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By John Kelman at allaboutjazz site

If The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005) is Pat Metheny Group's magnum opus, then Secret Story is the guitarist's greatest achievement as a solo artist to date. A sprawling, 76-minute epic featuring a wealth of guest artists, members of a symphony orchestra and Metheny playing countless parts on an arsenal of guitars and keyboards, its only flaw has been the comparably thin sound that marred much of his Geffen-era work. Secret Story: Deluxe Edition not only gives the album the sonic upgrade it's been waiting for, but includes a second disc with five tracks that, while recorded for the date, were ultimately omitted.

Metheny has always leaned towards long-form, through-composed writing, especially in collaboration with pianist Lyle Mays on Pat Metheny Group albums. Here, as sole composer, one can hear Mays' contribution to PMG through its absence. While there's no lack of complexity here, there's stronger romanticism and less mathematical logic. Still, Metheny makes many of his roots clear, most notably the pulse-driven minimalism of composer Steve Reich, whose influence can be heard on the sweeping "Cathedral in a Suitcase" and multi- layered, contrapuntal "Finding and Believing," where the late Mark Ledford's many times overdubbed voice is pitted against percussive guitar and keyboard parts.

While Secret Story's rich compositional approach eschews the spontaneity of Metheny's more open- ended trio projects, there's still no shortage of strong improvising throughout, most notably his electric guitar solos on the propulsive Midwestern Americana of "Facing West" and more change-heavy "See the World," and his signature trumpet-like guitar synth on the balladic "The Longest Summer" and powerfully dramatic "The Truth Will Always Be.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert W on December 7, 2007
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I'm writing this review specifically for the remastered versions of Still Life Talking, Letter From Home, and Secret Story. Chances are you probably already own these and are wondering about the new versions. If these are some of your favorite albums, as they are mine, then you can't go wrong. Of the 3, SLT and LFH show the biggest improvements. They both have a much wider soundstage and improved depth with a much cleaner high end as well as powerful bass and clarity. I have listened side by side with the originals and the difference is VERY noticeable. If you have a good system these are fine recordings. (No Ipods please.)

However unless you are die hard Metheny fan, Secret Story is not that great an improvement. This was already a great recording, especially for 15 years ago, and side by side with the original it's hard to tell. In some areas slightly. Enough to warrant the cost of a new CD, well maybe. The extra bonus CD material is mediocre at best and even though I'm a huge fan I probably could have lived without it. It's just OK. Nothing stellar here.

Bottom line: SLT and LFH? Yes, definitely an improvement. Get them. SS....well, maybe if you're a huge fan. (Or if you've never heard this album in the first place. Some of the best music ever made. Period.)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Weston on May 4, 2008
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Secrets Story is probably my favorite Pat Metheny album. From the children's choir of "Above the Treetops" to the sea shanty-like accordion sounds of "Antonia", this is an album that's perfect for almost any occasion. It definitely tells a story throughout. When I heard it was being reissued with bonus songs from the session, I was delighted and anxious to get my own copy.

After hearing the 5 extra songs, I have to say, I'm disappointed. They're are "ok" but not spectacular and barely worthy of being on this classic cd. As I listened, I was hoping at least the final song would make the purchase worth my while but that wasn't stunning either. If you're interested in "Secret Story", stick to the less expensive original as the extra songs on the reissue are on a separate cd. If you already have the original, then be assured you have the best version.
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Cathedral In A Suitcase is good, thank you, for that. I saw the Secret Story Tour in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. I 'm grateful the Pat Metheny Group breaks up most their albums in 7 to 12 terrific tracks and still manage to present them as one cohesive whole. For a number of years I feel... Read More
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The pricing games BEGIN!
That's why you preorder - Amazon will drop the amount you pay to the lowest price that the item reaches after you preorder it and before it ships to you. Oh, and DeepDiscount sucks - I've never had a single order from them arrive in less than a month. No thank you.
Sep 25, 2007 by Personal Robot |  See all 10 posts
Secret Story reissue
I was wondering about that. I am SO looking forward to this release. I love that album and can't wait to hear the new tracks, not to mention the remaster. If you don't have it, get the live in NJ DVD of this music. A great document of that amzing tour.
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