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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best 5 albums ever (in Pop/Rock domain, outside of classical):
1) Secret Story--Pat Metheny
2) Pet Sounds--Beach Boys (Brian Wilson)
3) Sgt. Read more
This opus is THE diadem on Pat Metheny's head. It is so emotionally charged..taking the listener through every human feeling that exists. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Inés
I'm so excited that I was able to have this Cd to my collection of Pat Matheny at a great price and convenience from amazon. Thank you ! !Published 11 months ago by Howard L. Smith
Along with Map of the World, this is my favorite Metheny album. For me, these two albums epitomise the Pat Metheny sound. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. Punter
If I could only have one album from Pat, this would probably be it. So much variety on this one disc. Very personal and pure. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ben
EXCELLENT!!! The product totally met my expectations. The way the music is performed,the musicians and the compositions are outstanding. Really good.Published 23 months ago by amafan
If you have not listened to this do yourself a favor..........Pat Metheny is a genius and the musicians are top notch on this recording.Published on December 6, 2013 by Neil Meharg
Like the title says, I'm still waiting for someone to make a movie for this album. The placement of the songs and the way it is composed, it reminds me of a guy who explores the... Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Maurice Green