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Letter from Home
 
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Letter from Home

13 Feb. 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 Feb. 2006
  • Release Date: 13 Feb. 2006
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:01:34
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  • ASIN: B001F4EG2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,161 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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'Letter from Home' was one of the first PMG albums I heard, and remains my favourite even after hearing the likes of 'The Way Up' and 'Speaking of Now'. There is quite simply not a single track on the entire album that is below a certain standard. The sheer range of material the group pumps out is staggering, creating countless changes in tempo, mood and genre, while still maintaining the Latin feel throughout. Vocalist Pedro Aznar's presence sets the tone for much of the album, expanding on the vocalise techniques Metheny had already experimented with through Nana Vasconcelos on 'Offramp' and 'As Falls Wichita'. His voice usually follows the main tune in each piece, adding a greater depth of sound than in previous albums and letting Pat and Lyle improvise more in addition.
The first four tracks (including 'Have you Heard', which has a become a favourite track to be played live) are in themselves incredibly diverse, keeping to the same structure of a main theme with solos running around and the occasional bridge passage (always a treat). After that, the Latin feel peaks with the short-but-sweet '45/8' and the first half is rounded off with '5/5/7', an engrossing atmospheric track that you can easily lose yourself in.
The second half has perhaps even more diversity, beginning with the joyful 'Beat 70', a firecracker of a tune that will leave you with a smile on your face. Leading on from that is the simply beautiful 'Dream of the Return', a love song with Spanish lyrics by Aznar. If I had to pick out any track from this album as the absolute masterpiece, this would be it. The pure, brilliant emotional theme and increasingly extroverted solos build up to a climax that almost brings tears to the eyes!
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Pat Metheny has made a very accessible yet musically-rich album that should appeal to the majority. Many of the numbers move so quickly that you sometimes feel that you can't keep pace with the rhythm hence resulting in a really "feel good" factor. The mood is Latin-American throughout with strong bass, drums, guitar, piano and harmonies. Its hard to pick a favourite..they are all excellent. "Beat 70" is particularly stimulating while the mood and beat is slowed down for the most fabulous love song "Dream of the Return".
To be played regularly in any interesting cafe...
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This is a classic Pat Metheny album - the guitar work, the melodies, rythms - all are captivating and exciting. Unlike the songs which grab you instantly, Pat Metheny grows on you the more you hear, making Letter From Home a "must have" in any collection.
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This is typical of Pat Metheny with what I class as laid back jazz/world fusion. Mellow guitar over a wall of vocals used as instruments and piano, keyboards and bass. It's different enough from other albums to warrant buying it, but still very recognisable as a Pat Metheny production.
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By Simon on 28 Jun. 2013
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Having owned a lot of Pat Matheney albums and never been disappointed with the exception of 'Zero Tolerance for Silence' (what was that one all about it?) This is a superb album well textured with beautiful, and in places, unusual arrangements. Buy it.
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It seems kind of pointless given that everyone else is giving this 5 stars....

Really, this is a staggering album. At this point the PMG was a mature outfit, amazingly talented and confident in its own style. There are twelve tracks on the album and the variety of styles, moods and pace is mind-boggling, full of ideas and moods and not overplayed or overproduced.

I can't think of another album or band capable of creating such different sounds as Spring Ain't here and Dream of the Return - to mention but two tracks because there are far too many high points to list or try to describe

In the words (well, word) of another reviewer - SUPERB
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I bought the LP of this when it came out years ago and recently puchased the CD to remind myself just how good Pat Metheny is at his best. This album sounds just as good as when I first heard it - timeless and memorable.
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Lovely sound, great music quality, amazing atmosphere,
Beautiful percusion from the brazilian musicians in this album.
Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays are incredible musical souls.
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