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Secret Story

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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 (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,616 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JLP on October 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this CD since it first came out in 1992. I had been listening to Pat since the mid-1980s and the first time I heard Secret Story I thought, "what the hell is he doing?" I HATED this disc the first time I heard it.

Then I kept listening...

"Above the Treetops" is beautiful.

The guitar solo at the end of "Finding and Believing" is magnificent.

"Rain River" is perfect.

"Always and Forever" and "The Truth Will Always Be" bring tears to my eyes.

The rest of the CD is also good, but the tracks I listed above are the ones that REALLY stand out to me.

Buy this disc, listen to it AT LEAST 5 times BEFORE you decide whether or not you like it. Chances are good that you will like it!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John P Bernat on December 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There is a cut on this album, "Finding and Believing," which is perhaps the best of all of Pat Metheny's works, possibly exceeded by only two other cuts - "Ozark" and "First Circle" - for sheer joy, exuberance, and musicianship.

I'd been following Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays since their "Offramp" album, many years ago, and was intrigued and memused by Pat's fondness for odd guitars. This album though, absolutely "wowed" me.

"Finding and Believing" cannot be depicted in these clips, because it consists of three very distinct "movements." The first could be described as "oriental funk," perhaps, because of the "lyrics" that overlay the driving beat. But how does the explain the second movement? There is a long passage of quiet rumblings, setting the listener up for the final movement, where we see Metheny and Lyle Mays at their exuberant best. I listen to this song again and again, and never get tired of it. After more than ten years, you can still discover elements in it which you had not noticed before.

This album belongs in any collection of significant improvisational works of the last twenty years. Its depth and breadth are astonishing.
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