- Audio CD (February 29, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Ecm Records
- ASIN: B0000261O4
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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For this 1979 recording, Pat Metheny tried something very different: a solo CD with extensive overdubs that put the emphasis on his acoustic guitar playing. It's in an idiom all its own, mixing the open harmonies of country music with some flamenco phrases, resulting in the melodic inventiveness of jazz with the acoustic virtuosity of John Fahey. At times, the music has the feel of a universal campfire, with phrases that can bend from Appalachian folk picking to the music of India, with gently amplified leads over acoustic rhythm and subdued electric bass. The overall effect of this consort of one may be merely soothing, but like all of Metheny's work, the details are there to keep the interest level high. --Stuart Broomer
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Top Customer Reviews
Metheny plays all the instruments: 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, electric guitar, harp guitar, and a fretless Fender bass which I believe Jaco put together for him and which Mark Egan was to use later on _American Garage_ ECM Touchstones: American Garage.
The guy's compositions and performances are deeply emotional and heartbreaking at times. I think that women might benefit from this recording more than men, everything depending. I believe women could negotiate these feelings better than most men. It takes an open heart and a willingness to be reduced to tears.
In other words, it's good.
Here we have an early effort in which he takes his guitar and overdubs an introspective, wide-open-spaces musical journey across America, weaving in jazz, folk, country, rock, mountain music, and everything in between. If you love his work on Joni Mitchell's Amelia (performed live on Shadows and Light), you'll love the sound of this record.
The mood is mellow but not dull, quiet but not silent, and the results are spectacular. This is the cd to take with you on a trip across the western frontier, or a short hop to Burger King. Works either way.
very listenable, nothing new age here, just good solid Metheny pluckin'. It's a classic!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I noticed that this album can be purchased on MP3 form for about $11. The good news is that this makes a wonderful recording accessible on the many, very...Read more