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Pat Metheny's most ambitious solo project is also his most emotionally rich work as composer. A conceptual song cycle inspired by a tumultuous relationship frames the CDs alternately intense and introspective motifs with sweeping orchestrations and a shifting array of global music spanning Asia, Europe and the Americas. With a wide cast (including numerous Metheny Group members, past and present), and Metheny himself marshalling percussion, horns, and keyboards as well as guitar and guitar synthesizer, Secret Story is by turns lush, heroic, heartbroken--at once epic and intimate. --Sam Sutherland

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Pat Metheny's most ambitious solo project is also his most emotionally rich work as composer. A conceptual song cycle inspired by a tumultuous relationship frames the CD's alternately intense and introspective motifs with sweeping orchestrations and a shifting array of global musics spanning Asia, Europe, and the Americas. With a vast cast (including numerous Metheny Group members past and present), and Metheny himself marshalling percussion, horns, and keyboards as well as guitar and guitar synthesizer, Secret Story is by turns lush, heroic, heartbroken, at once epic and intimate. --Sam Sutherland

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 (I Am Running To You)
11. Antonia
12. The Truth Will Always Be
13. Tell Her You Saw Me
14. Not To Be Forgotten (Our Final Hour)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OSS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on August 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I don't think that analogy is entirely accurate, but it's the closest one I can think of. Secret Story is an epic, a wide-reaching work of vast scope and limitless imagination. I realize I sound like some cheap PR man writing that, but I find it hard to convey the sheer magnificence of this music in simple terms. This is an album that's taken me four years just to start appreciating - since I'd been familiar with the more pedestrian (if such a term can even be applied to Metheny) Offramp and its like, I was unprepared for the grand symphonic bent of Secret Story. It's rooted in jazz, but just calling it jazz would be like calling Da Vinci a simple painter. Pat's keyboards and his trademark guitar tone are joined by the London Symphony and an occasional choir in a blend of styles that spans the globe. Its overall tone is almost new-agey, but it stretches so far beyond generic new age music as to make the term meaningless.

Pat's compositional skills are on display just as much as his phenomenal guitar work. "Facing West" soars above a vast landscape of lush green forests. "Finding and Believing" is Oriental funk, if such a thing even exists. A dreamy piano drifts through "The Longest Summer," painting pictures of blue cloudless skies. "See the World," the most similar to the songs on Pat's other albums, could have come straight from Offramp or Travels. I won't stretch this out by going track-by-track, but every piece here creates its own individual exotic atmosphere while contributing a vital part of the grand whole. Even 76 minutes seems like a short running time, considering just how much is packed into this little piece of plastic.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Patrik Lemberg on April 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Metheny's way of playing on this album might not seem exceptionally significant to fans who have listened to his music that's been produced during the last 12 years, but this album is a milestone in Metheny's guitar-playing; when it was released his playing presented new and personal ideas, licks, and sounds to his listeners. Since this album he has copied a lot of these elements in his guitar playing to other albums. There is a lick in particular (with hundreds of its own variations) that has been reoccurring almost everywhere he has been present since Secret Story, and that lick (present e.g. on track 2 at 2:35) is on the verge of overuse here, but it is new, and something that really personalizes his playing - a neat trademark.
In addition to members of the London Symphony Orchestra (whom are present throughout the album) a lot of known musicians guest; Will Lee, Charlie Haden, Steve Rodby, Anthony Jackson, Steve Ferrone, Paul Wertico, Gil Goldstein, Lyle Mays, and Toots Thielemans are only a few.
"Finding and Believing" and "The Truth Will Always Be" are two definitive 10-minute highlights of this (76+ min) album; both pieces feature thrilling string arrangements. On the latter Metheny plays a 3.5 minute long "guitar synth" solo that progresses incredibly beautifully after a 5+ minute introduction that is dynamically built up by percussion, synth "effects", and members of the LSO. No album is, on the whole, comparable to this; it's extremely personal, and the song titles suggest the moods quite accurately. The musicianship, compositions, arrangements, and instrumentation are beyond all praise. Pat Metheny is more than a jazz-trio guitar player. Here he plays--in addition to both electric and acoustic guitars--electric and acoustic keyboards.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Larry Waschka, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Rich on December 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Since 1992, this album has been my most prized cd. As a Pat Metheny fan, it's difficult to say it's my favorite because his works are like children...how do you pick a favorite. From the eerie sounds of the Royal Cambodian Choir in the beginning to the orchestral movements at the end, this is trully a story in music. It's a movie in sound waiting for a screenplay. Many nights in the Summer, I lay on a raft on a quiet lake with Secret Story playing on the dock. The songs seem to take star gazing to a new level. Thank you Pat for your attention to detail and imagination.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I was once asked: "What style is his music like", and I realized, that it was impossible to give a proper answer. The main thing on this album is that Pat Metheny breaks down the walls between composed(classical) music and improvised(rythmical). He combines instruments and musicalstyles in a way that has (almost) newer been heard before, and he uses the symphonyorchestra, both as a "background-effect" and as the "main group". The last track is an example of how modern composition-music can be made in a way so that people without intellektual musical knowledge will still be listening. The music of Secret Story is almost epical. Even though there is a great diversity between the 14 tracks, they are all combined in some way, listening to only some of them feels wrong. You have to have it all. I will newer be able to pick a CD from my personal collection and say "this is the best one", but if I were to go to the moon and were only allowed to bring one CD, this would be the one.
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