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Travels [Double CD, Live]

Pat Metheny Audio CD
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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 (1 Aug 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Live
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0000262UV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Are You Going With Me?
2. The Fields, The Sky
3. Goodbye
4. Phase Dance
5. Straight On Red
6. Farmer's Trust
Disc: 2
1. Extradition
2. Goin' Ahead/As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
3. Travels
4. Song For Bilbao
5. San Lorenzo

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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I confess that the opening tune 'Are You Going With Me' has long been a dependable drug free stress release companion. Its two minute intro by the entire ensemble softly builds an atmosphere that suggests something truly ground breaking is about to be unleashed. It is in the form of the most innovitive guitar sound of its time. It is easy to mistake Pat's guitar for an harmonica at first until it becomes gradually apparent that not even the genius of Larry Adler could conjure up sounds of this dimension. Once a trombonist Pat's unique guitar phrasing reminds me more of a brass instument and at times mimics the sound of a singing whale.
This is probably their most widely appreciated anthem which lays the ground for a euphoric musical voyage of alternating exhileration and relaxation which makes the trip the most pleasurable musical journey I have endured.
Steve Rodby, now installed on bass with a less complex sound than his predessors, and percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, adding a Brazillian flavour have realy kicked the band into a new stride on these 1982 live recordings.
Disc one winds down with the exquisite slow classical style that is 'Farmers Trust'.
Disc two strides out purposefully with the contemplative 'Extradition', followed by the lullaby,'Going Ahead' before the storm, 'Wichita Falls' a menacingly turbulent tune, resolved by the serene calmness of 'Travels'.
'Song for Bilbao' is a fanfare for the safe return of thr musicians at their journy's end.
This remarkable exploration closes with a track from their trio days,'San Lorenzo' as a reflection and modest but majestic celebration of this fantastic trip.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of a lifetime love 12 Aug 2008
By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I became aware of Pat Metheny from the TV screening of Joni Mitchell - Shadows and Light, during which this young guy went into a guitar solo whose tone and phrasing were like nothing heard before on Earth. I had always responded to music visually and did not yet know that this condition was called synaesthesia, and to this day feel sorry for those who cannot share this experience. With Pat's solo it was like someone was painting the whole sky with a huge brush of liquid silver, accompanied by a feeling of utter tenderness and compassion. (No drugs, honest)

Soon after, a friend of mine tracked down this album, Travels, and my first hearing was of the majestic opening track, Are you Going With Me? surging from his open attic window, across the rooftops of Leeds Bedsit land (he'd probably have got an ASBO now), and immediately knew who it was without having to be told, just from the pictures going off in my head. Are you Going with Me?, features a guitar sound, again unlike anything heard before. Like Whale song from Saturn. It was actually a midi guitar hooked up to a synth, but it was the first time I'd heard a midi guitar used to make real music and not just as a gimmick. Even twenty years later, whenever I drive west, into a sunset, this is what goes on the car player.

The next song, The Trees, The Sky is just that. Swooping over endless mountains and valleys of trees, and err..., sky. There is a country bluegrass element here, but amalgamated with jazz of the utmost sophistication, a combination not quite like anything heard before.

After that we get what for me is the best of the best - Goodbye. This track is compositionally the most sophisticated on the album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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If you could pick one album to have with you at all times - pick this one. Travels is a musical journey through many styles - composed by an artist who has pure genius and performed by musicians who actually care about music. I'm not going to pick out individual tracks, as the sum of the tracks together is what makes it so great. The inspiration for many of the tracks seems to come from the great mid-western landscapes of Missouri - it is easy to imagine those landcapes as you listen to this album. For any mood, occasion, this album is as good as music gets. The soundtrack for my life. Buy it any shelve your other cds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to the sound world of pat metheny 23 Feb 2009
By zargb5
Format:Audio CD
I first heard pat metheny via Joni Mitchell's "Shadows & Light" tour which was shown on BBC 2 way back when. On the program a young guitarist called Pat metheny played a short solo guitar piece. From there i fell in love with the soundworld of Mr Metheny. After seeing him live half a dozen times and 40 albums later i still can't get enough.

Travels was the first album i bought of his and to be honest along with "80/81" and "First Circle" it is still my favourite.

There is a diverse collection of songs on this 2 cd live set culled from an american tour in the early 80's and a plethora of guitar tones ranging from the guitar synthesiser to his jazz hollow body.

Special guest percussionist nana vasconcelos adds much texture and rythmic pulse to these pieces and his gruff earthy voice on a couple of tracks lends itself beautifully to the ambient textures.

To cut short this is an amazing album with sensitive performances by all the group. It took me a few listens to really get into this but it is a highly rewarding album which is accessible but begs repeated listenings.

Metheny and co make their music making sound easy which couldn't be further from the truth. The group really enjoy their music making.
Highly recomended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars g f cole
the music sounds so good and well recorded you would think its a studio recording--but its not ! if you like good jazz you will love this
this should be your introduction... Read more
Published 5 months ago by graham cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
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One of the great Metheny albums from start to finish. Great price and delivered to me on time. Thank you amazon for stoking all my musical needs :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best live album ever recorded
There are many outstanding albums in music that everyone should have in there collection,if you dont have this one,go and buy it,you wont regret it,ive been listening to it for... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jeremy T. Twomey
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels Pat Metheny Group
Pat Metheny has been playing for over 30 years and is very prolific and innovative; a master of the Jazz Guitar.
Published 19 months ago by D. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Pat live album...
If you only want one album of Pat in his world music mode then this set comes highly recommended. This is one of the few live albums (rock or jazz) were the excitement of the... Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2012 by os
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting place and beyond
What can one add to the high praise that the other reviewers have already given? It's exactly as they have already described, a sublime recording that covers much ground and from a... Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by J. Higham
5.0 out of 5 stars I can never listen to this enough
The textures and soundscapes created by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays (with the tremendous addition of Nana Vasconcelos) make this an unforgettable journey into the pleasant depths of... Read more
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