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Comment: Very good condition set of 2 CDs with jewel case, both single page tray inlays and the multi-page center booklet from ECM. The case is clean, the snap closure works perfectly, and the disc spindles are intact. The booklet and inlays are also clean and they have no cuts, tears, pen marks or punch holes. The discs have only a very light touch of surface level scratching, none of which caused any problems for me during playback.
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This two-CD set was recorded live during several 1982 concerts, covering music that grew out of the studio recordings As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls and Offramp. At this stage, the Pat Metheny Group was a quintet with longtime partners Lyle Mays on piano, organ, and synthesizers; Dan Gottlieb on drums; Steve Rodby on bass; and Nana Vasconcelos, contributing a distinctive Brazilian element, on percussion and voice. Touring constantly, the group successfully balanced their increasingly electronic sound and spontaneity with Vasconcelos's rhythmic ingenuity, which clearly acted as stimulus to Metheny's consistently inventive guitar work. It's a fitting commemoration of the tremendous success that the Metheny Group had begun to enjoy, both a travelogue of their concert venues and an in-depth look at their diverse material. --Stuart Broomer

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
  1. Are You Going With Me? 9:18Album Only
  2. The Fields, The Sky 7:46Album Only
  3. Goodbye 8:16Album Only
  4. Phase Dance 8:03Album Only
  5. Straight On Red 7:25Album Only
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  1. Extradition 5:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Goin' Ahead / As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls16:20Album Only
  3. Travels 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Song For Bilbao 8:26Album Only
  5. San Lorenzo13:35Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000262UV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on June 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Recorded less than a year after the magnificent 'Offramp', 'Travels' is proof that the PMG were on a creative high. Music was pouring from Metheny and Mays. Extraordinarily for a live album, over half the tracks were entirely new and have not been heard, before or since, on any studio album. And none of them are the hastily put-together "we only met five minutes before the recording" jams that characterise some jazz albums, even some of Pat's later output.
No, every piece here is intricately worked out but allows space for improvisation. Pat said in an interview soon after this album's release that he preferred this version of 'Are You Going With Me?' to the 'Offramp' original. Both have their merits. Both are brilliant. To give you an idea of the way that the use of music has evolved in the 19 years since this was recorded, the live version here also features on a new double CD of chill-out music entitled 'Sunset Ibiza'.
Track #3, 'Goodbye', is a sublime piece of music, similar in mood to 'Offramp's 'Au Lait', and features some Brazilian singing from Vasconcelos, who seemed to spend every concert squatting by his gong, if the album photos are to be believed!
There are two delightfully simple tunes on this album -- 'Farmer's Trust' and 'Travels' -- which are gorgeously executed duets by Metheny and Mays, with the rest of the band in the background. They are almost love poems, a high point in the musical understanding between Mays and Metheny.
If this album has any lows, or rather, any not-quite-so-highs, it is that the two tracks from the 'Pat Metheny Group' album -- 'Phase Dance' and 'San Lorenzo' -- add little to the originals.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Noble Books on November 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When the Pat Metheny Group came to the University of Virginia in 1984, I was one of the first students to get to the ticket line, not because I'd ever heard of them, or even of jazz-rock fusion, but because the man I had a deep crush on said, casually, they were pretty good and he thought he might go. He waited a couple of days, figuring no one but him had ever heard of Metheny--I did not. I got a ticket--he did not. I think he may have forgiven me by now. The man, who is now my husband partly because of that evening, ate dinner with me anyway, and walked me rather generously to the concert hall, and then left me there at the door to encounter something I'd never heard before. The group had chosen a relatively small classical concert hall with several tiers of opera seating. Chamber quartets usually played there, and Sir Ian McKellen had performed soliloquys one night...not the usual rock concert scene at the basketball stadium, for sure. And it was packed to the rafters. So I squeezed myself into a solo seat between two tweedy turtlenecked junior professors and hoped for the best.

And got much more--if you've heard the music anywhere, you know it can send you on a trek through the darkest Amazon looking for rare orchids or jar you back to your fresh awkward youth with the remembered offkey fumbles of a junior high school marching band on its first day of outdoor practice. I shut my eyes halfway through and let the music peel everything else away.

After that concert, I played the Travels album, front to back, back to front, daily for more than two years. I think I wore out a couple of needles on it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Allen on January 13, 2008
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1978 was a transformational year for me. Having nearly gotten the bad taste of high school out of my mouth, I was, like most teenagers on the verge of adulthood, in search of some deeper meaning and substance in my life. Of course I didn't realize any of that at the time when, on a lazy, summer afternoon, my friend said that he had a new album that he wanted me to listen to.

I was a rock fan then and so was he, so I was expecting the usual Zep or Doors when I suddenly heard the opening notes to San Lorenzo. That album was of course, the self titled "Pat Metheny Group" and it was the only music that we listened to for the entire day. It was, for me, an epiphany. To say that the next forty minutes changed my life sounds like hyperbole but, in truth, my concept of music and how I listened to it changed forever on that sunny afternoon. Metaphorically, I had just sat down at the table, smelled the food and realized just how hungry I was. Hungry for more...The world of Jazz opened up to me on that day, which is not to say that I had never heard Jazz before. On the contrary, my father had many Jazz albums, but they were, well, they were my father's music... That was stuff that he listened to (and with respect to my father and to those talented musicians, such as Sinatra, Art Tatum, Buddy Rich and Count Basie, it is part of the music that I now also listen to)... But these guys just blew me away. They touched me ineffably with their depth of feeling and their gift for melody. They touched me in a way that those musicians of my fathers age, talented though they were, could not. It probably helped that Pat and I were both mid-western boys and that he wasn't too much older than I was and that, as I was to later discover, we both loved Jimmy Hendrix...
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