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The year 2013 has been a banner one for Pat Metheny. After being awarded his 20th Grammy, for Unity Band, and the release of his critically acclaimed recording of Tap: John Zorn’s Book of Angels, Vol. 20, Metheny received word that the readers of DownBeat magazine had voted to induct him into its Hall of Fame. Not only is Metheny the youngest member, but he is also only the fourth jazz ... Read more in Amazon's Pat Metheny Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000261LA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. The Search 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. American Garage 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Epic12:59Album Only

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr P VINE VOICE on 23 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I remember buying on vinyl way back when it was first released in 1979. It was my first Metheny Group album. Over a quarter of a century ago. Wow! As well as long-time partner in crime Lyle Mays on keyboards, guitarist Metheny is joined by Mark Egan on bass and Dan Gottlieb on bass. And a fine unit they were too.
Kicks off with the excellent (Cross the) Heartland, very vibrant and uplifting. The wafting Airstream comes next like a summer breeze, it blows gently around the brain until it fades away.
The Search comes next with some impressive piano work from Mays early on. Another bright and breezy effort. The title track American Garage comes next. A bit grittier than the previous tracks giving Metheny ample room to strut his stuff.
The closing Epic at over 12 minutes is probably the highlight of the album, with its many changes of tempo. Another racy piano solo from Mays is to the fore and then Metheny lets rip with a wonderfully controlled episode on the guitar.
Lets not forget to credit the soon to be dumped Egan and Gottlieb who push things along nicely throughout the entire proceedings. They were soon to be replaced by Steve Rodby and Paul Wertico.
All in all a fine example of the early Pat Metheny Group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The_Quiet_One on 9 Jun. 2001
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The Pat Metheny Group always impress with a range of jazz and rock sounds - combining the complexity of some jazz and the momentum of rock.
American Garage does not fail to impress. The title track kicks off with a rock count in a the pace just keeps on building - metheny's solo and chord work really shine but when Lyle Mays is let loose one of the most fluid and exciting piano contributions of time with the PMG.
Other tracks of note are cross the Heartland with its wistful guitar synth and luscious chording.
An excellent introduction to the wide range of the Metheny Group and can't recomended it highly enough.
Enjoy !
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This album showcases Pat's melodic songwriting gifts on "Airstream", it includes some of Lyle's best playing on his various solos throughout the album, and, in "The Epic", it comes as close as the PMG has ever come to mainstream jazz-rock (whatever that is), with Lyle's keyboard driven riffs, prog-rock type time-sig changes and muscular electric bass lines.

As a Pat Metheny fan since 1989, this was always the one of the 30 CDs I own that I liked least, however I've recently got into it, hence this review. It still doesn't bear comparison to the exceptional PMG studio albums on either side of it (the debut and "Offramp"), but is certainly a significant piece in the jigsaw.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr P VINE VOICE on 10 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I rember buying on vinyl way back when it was first released in 1979. It was my first Metheny Group album. Over a quarter of a century ago. Wow! As well as long-time partner in crime Lyle Mays on keyboards, guitarist Metheny is joined by Mark Egan on bass and Dan Gottlieb on bass. And a fine unit they were too.
Kicks off with the excellent (Cross the) Heartland, very vibrant and uplifting. The wafting Airstream comes next like a summer breeze, it blows gently around the brain until it fades away.
The Search comes next with some impressive piano work from Mays early on. Another bright and breezy effort. The title track American Garage comes next. A bit grittier than the previous tracks giving Metheny ample room to strut his stuff.
The closing Epic at over 12 minutes is probably the highlight of the album, with its many changes of tempo. Another racy piano solo from Mays is to the fore and then Metheny lets rip with a wonderfully controlled episode on the guitar.
Lets not forget to credit the soon to be dumped Egan and Gottlieb who push things along nicely throughout the entire proceedings. They were soon to be replaced by Steve Rodby and Paul Wertico.
All in all a fine example of the early Pat Metheny Group.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD! 4 Jun. 2005
By STEPHEN T. McCARTHY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I spent some time in a particular record shop in L.A. as a twenty-something. In 1984, I kept examining a 2-disc live Jazz set called, 'TRAVELS' because something about the cover intrigued me. Finally, one day I broke down and purchased it even though I'd never heard of THE PAT METHENY GROUP. Every once in awhile you roll the dice and win big. Since then, Pat Metheny has enriched my life like no other musician!

It wasn't long before I discovered that some purely magical quality about his compositions (The tempo? No. The rhythms? Hmmm...) made them conducive to stress-free driving and seemingly transformed life seen through the windshield into some kind of imaginary movie. Oddly, everything one sees seems to be the ideal visual accompaniment to the music that is playing at all times. (I'll never forget listening to 'TRAVELS' through headphones while traveling by locomotive through the deep woods between Fort Bragg and Willits, California. It was a nearly mystical experience!)

After awhile I acquired other P.M.G. recordings like his elaborately textured, Brazilian-accented sets, 'THE FIRST CIRCLE', 'STILL LIFE (TALKING)', and 'LETTER FROM HOME' (my favorites) and found that I could put any one of them into my car player and let it repeat for - LITERALLY - a month or more without tiring of it.

Because Metheny's sound DID gain a deeper and richer resonance over the years and because I never owned 'AMERICAN GARAGE' on lp, I didn't realize that this disc was poorly mastered, as several other reviewers have pointed out. But it's true : the sound has a pronounced high-end jangling to it, and while it won't entirely infringe on your listening pleasure, it does leave something to be desired. (Like a little bass perhaps!)

The first two tracks, (CROSS THE) HEARTLAND and AIRSTREAM are great open road pieces, evoking images of corn and wheat fields seen flashing by at 65 miles an hour from the interstate, and the titles indicate that early on, Metheny realized that his music inherently expresses a sense of motion. THE SEARCH features some very delicate and pretty piano work from Metheny's longtime musical collaborator, Lyle Mays. The title track, AMERICAN GARAGE, shows the Group in a revved up mood and employing some distinct Gospel inflections. This is closer to Rock than Jazz. And although I do enjoy THE EPIC - aptly titled at 13 minutes - it tends to meander just a bit. The whole album times out at just under 36 minutes - about half of the musical content found on most of his later releases.

'AMERICAN GARAGE' would be worth having if just for that great album cover : The deep blue, cloud-kissed sky and soft Autumn light reflecting off of an Airstream dealership. (Are you old enough to remember those large silver bullets being pulled all across the heartland? And the yearning to travel the countryside that they instilled in the mind?) Even so, I would have to place 'AMERICAN GARAGE' into Metheny's Second Tier of music. In my subjective opinion, the "Metheny Must-Haves" are the aforementioned titles, plus 'SECRET STORY.' If you dig those, then you may want to explore this disc, also 'WE LIVE HERE' (his trademark guitar synthesizer finds a funky groove thang), '80/81' (for straightforward Jazz), and 'BEYOND THE MISSOURI SKY' with Charlie Haden (for those late night / early morning super mellow hours at home).

[*WARNING : Make sure you've already heard what you're buying if it is "Pat Metheny" without his "Group." I don't necessarily like every album he's produced, even with the "Group", but a few of his solo projects are nothing more than "experiments" in dissonance!]

Just as a dog has never really experienced a walk until it has ditched its leash, you, my friend, have never really experienced a "road trip" until you've traveled with the Pat Metheny Group. If Stephen T. McCarthy is driving, you can be sure that Pat is playing!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A CLASSIC 2 Mar. 2005
By Major W. Wheelock III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is a classic. Metheny has many different styles. This is a very popular style. His sound chops and heart are all in this one. I like his new stuff too but this is where it starts for me. The cd was not mixed well like others have stated. I own the cd but I also have recorded the record on to cd which sounds much better. How can anyone give this classic less than 5 stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of Pat's Best 24 Nov. 2004
By L. Su - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As one of the other reviewers mentioned, this is one of Pat's least favorite recordings. And this makes me sad, because I really think it's one of his best albums. (Of course, for all I know that quote came at a particular moment, and he doesn't feel that way anymore.) This album delivers, beautifully, the sound and the ideas that define Pat as a musician. If you love that sound, you will definitely love this album! Pat's playing from the heart, and it's real; it's happening. The compositions are inspired, and the album is totally coherent as a statement. I know a lot of people are into Pat's most recent Group albums, but I don't think they're as authentic and heartfelt as "American Garage". This is the album that got me started listening to Pat, back in '78 (I believe), and I hope people will start giving it the respect it deserves. And I include Pat himself in that! One semi-important note - the audio quality of this CD is pathetic. The original vinyl version sounded 100% better than this. Someone needs to do a quality remastering - please!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
JUST SMILE AND HANG OUT WITH INTELLIGENT PEOPLE 9 Aug. 2006
By Crabby Apple Mick Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ranks among Pat Metheny's very best. I would recommend AMERICAN GARAGE to almost anyone who wants to get a taste of jazz as it came out of the "lost years" of the 1970's. There are some sounds among these pieces that would become a part of the "smooth jazz" movement as it would become known in the 1990's; but there is nothing to fear about for being accused of being "light weight" or "diluted" that drew the wrath of jazz heads toward the endless parade of phonies that so many felt "stole" attention and record purchases away from real jazz.

Far from dreary, AMERICAN GARAGE sings of joy and provides much to interest upon repeated listening. Metheny would go on to be a small jazz industry in himself in succeeding years and his musical vocabulary would expand--sometimes not for the better. Nevertheless, this is the perfect marriage of electric guitar and keyboards many still seek today. Only five cuts; but pleasing and intelligent all the same.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
American Garage........ 3 Sept. 2005
By Willie L. Martin Jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to numerous musical recordings by the PMG from age 10 until present day. "The Search" was and still is one of my favorite recordings. A reviewer said that he likes to listen to the PMG while traveling. From his description, while listening, he's instantly transported into a movie like setting. Back in the day, circa 1978 or 80, I was really in love with life, my family, friends and the thought of just being alive. The last time I heard this song was about a year ago or so. Still to this very day, I can remember as a child, closing my eyes, listening to this particular tune, and envisioning how life should be. (And then I grew up and soon came to the realization that life most definitely is cable of throwing a couple of curve balls now and then. Seems more often that not sometimes.) Never the less, I still enjoy this song for its worth and to me, it's worth the memories that I once had and the memories that are yet to come. ( ^ _ ^ )
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