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  • Label: Geffen Records
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The version of Third Wind on this album still takes my breath away, many years after first hearing it performed live. For a record of one of the world's foremost jazz groups, at the peak of its powers (so far), any lover of great music need look no further than this album.
Other favourite tracks for me are Better Days Ahead (a souped-up version of a track from 1989's Letter From Home) and Half Life of Absolution, but the sheer energy displayed on Third Wind takes it to yet a higher level.
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By A Customer on 13 Sept. 2000
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When i listened to the Pat Metheny group in studio, i thought it was brilliant!However,live they become something much more special. The complex nature of the compositions of Metheny/Mays can sometimes be too much, but subtle is the name of the game on tracks such as 'Letter from Home' and 'Solo'. This is one album that every Pat Metheney fan should have, absolutley stunning! (i wish i'd been at the concerts that they played this wonderful collection of songs) But a note of warning, if you are an aspiring guitarist like i am, then you will probably want to burn your instrument and become a nun!
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The Pat Metheny Group has two official live releases - Travels, from 1983 was a double LP / CD set and in my opinion is the greatest musical release of all time.

The Road To You is another brilliantly crafted album, recorded in Europe and containing live tracks from the mid part of the PMG catalogue - Still Life Talking, Letter From Home etc.....

Recording quality is exceptional - musicianship top notch as you would expect from these perfectionists - The highlight for me is "Half Life Of Absolution" - a 14 minute explosive instrumental starting with near silence and containing highly-charged solos from Pat and Lyle that build beautifully to their inevitable climax

If you wanted to introduce a friend to the music of PMG, this is a good place to start.

However, for the most breath-taking and moving performance - listen to Travels from start to finish and keep it on repeat. At the least it will change your view on great music. For those willing to stay the course, it will change your life forever.
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HASH(0x8e423e7c) out of 5 stars Let "Half LIfe of Absolution" Reign! 20 Jun. 2002
By Cedric's Mom - Published on
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I am blown away by the lackluster reviews here for PMG's Road To You (Live) [1993] European CD. Perhaps there isn't enough improvisation or simply disappointment that "they sound like just what they sound like" live. If it isn't PMG you want to hear, then listen to something else. Admittedly, I have been a sold-out Metheniac for 25 years now, and for me, all of Pat's music improves with repeated listenings. "Half Life of Absolution" alone is worth far more than the purchase price of the CD. If you can't feel the heat coming off of *this* jam, then there is something seriously wrong with YOU.
In a live performance, a lot can go wrong: feedback, noise, mistakes. But there are no mistakes in "Half Life of Absolution" (HLOA). Take note, guitar fiends. There is much to learn here. Pat has taken feedback and integrated it into the whole of the piece. His timing perfectly dovetails the distortion of his chosen electronic effect into the phrasing to create a continuous, complete piece of music with nothing thrown away. Pat does the real work; he doesn't rely on tricks. He makes it sound easy, but I doubt that it is. He hears and plays the tune (and plays with the tune) simultaneously. It smolders and builds to the scorching mid-section in a controlled burn that excites but never flames out of control. You think it's peaked, but hold on as Lyle takes us into the next flaming section, dipping and rolling, building and picking up percussive speed. To the very end, HLOA uses electronic guitar effect as the central instrument, and yet, it is never ever chaotic or overdone. Elegance and perfection, people. Your money's worth is right here.
Other highlights: A beautiful rendition of "Naked Moon." Pat has taken romantic and given it sound in this 5-minute piece. I haven't found "Naked Moon" on any other recordings. The title track "The Road To You" is also tenderly performed. "First Circle," a perennial PMG favorite, is excellently presented as always. "First Circle" has a life of its own. It's as if it were always there, just waiting to be plucked from the ether, captured solely for our endless pleasure. The muse deemed Pat worthy to present this gem to the world, and we are richer for it.
The European audience cannot be surpassed for their respect and etiquette during a music performance. Even when the music has ascended to frenzy for listener and player alike, this audience remains cool and holds its applause until the last note has fallen still. And like all PMG audiences, they heap generous applause on the band at the end of each tune. Road To You Live is performance at its best and definitely not to be missed for fusion jazz enthusiasts, PMG lovers, guitar fiends, and generally anyone who knows a hot performance when they hear one.
Line-up: Pat on guitar, Lyle Mays on keys, Steve Rodby on bass, Paul Wertico on drums, Armando Marcal on percussion and voice, and Pedro Aznar on pretty much everything else (as well as the above-mentioned instruments).
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HASH(0x8dc9e0e4) out of 5 stars You can't be serious 20 Nov. 1999
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To steal a line from John can't be serious! I may not have the music background of others. All I know is what sounds good to my ears. By far, this is the cd that every kid in every jazz band in every high school should be required to listen to. If I had just one cd in my collection, this is the one I would want. You can listen to it over and over again and still get something new out of it. Maybe I go a little overboard for PMG, I can thank my brother for that, but clearly to call this "bland" is like calling the sun a 60 watt bulb! There's no reason to dis Pat's fans for liking his music. If you don't like it, don't buy it! There's plenty of fans out there that will make up for your loss. "Bland, devoid of wit...please! Genuis is in the ear of the beholder!
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HASH(0x8dc9e474) out of 5 stars A magnificent souvenir of a great concert tour 20 Nov. 2000
By Gavin Wilson - Published on
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I am surprised at how few and how mixed the reviews are for this album -- on there are only six reviews and a 4-star average for this outstanding CD, whereas the less certain 'We Live Here' attracts sixteen reviews, all 5-star.
This 1993 live album wonderfully wraps up the era that began in the studio with 'First Circle' and ended with 'Letter From Home'.
It also marks the end of Metheny's fascination with Transportation and Real Estate, when it comes to album titles. I think there's a potential PhD thesis waiting to be written here, but it started with 'American Garage', and went on through 'Offramp', 'Travels', 'Letter From Home', 'The Road to You' and ended with 'We Live Here'. Maybe they are clues to the location of buried treasure -- don't read to much into the map sections on the cover of 'We Live Here'.
More seriously, this album is a greatest hits collection from the era, and there are some great versions too. Even the audience is nicely recorded.
I went to see Metheny in concert in London several years before this album, and I was mystified by the long track in a heavy rock instrumental idiom that the band played. It wasn't on any album, and I don't think Metheny explained what it was at the concert. Well, it turned up on this album, the magnificent 'Half Life of Absolution'.
It's very unusual for an artist to be known for TWO great live albums, but Metheny should be. 'Travels' and this record are both wonderful.
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HASH(0x8dc9e684) out of 5 stars PMG LIVE! 29 Jun. 2002
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I found this album to be their most energetic, a kind of energy which can only be produced playing live. And for that reason I consider it one of their best cd's to date, if not their best. The recordings sound even better and more fluent than the studio recordings, especially noticed on Have You Heard, The First Circle and Last Train Home (much better live!). PMG is definitely one of those rare bands that truly sounds even better live. The only regret I have with this album is that they did not include "Minuano (Six Eight)". I think that song would have been great as the last track and it really would have fit this brazilian-influenced project. Of course the cd could have become overcrowded and I guess Minuano would have really fought Third Wind because they are very similar in many respects, one example being their fast-paced tempo, as so are many other songs such as Beat 70, Days Ahead and some others I mentioned prior. But I am just splitting hairs and I do enjoy the collection of songs Metheny put together! I highly recommend this cd. One of my all-time favourites!
HASH(0x8dc9e7e0) out of 5 stars pat metheny group live and on sale 23 April 2014
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i love browsing amazon for bargains and found this for 1 cent plus a couple dollars for shipping . recorded live in europe , it's hard to believe it was 20 years ago that it was originally released. the great all star version of the pat metheny band, in fine form here and sounds great performing what has now become some of thier classics. the playing on this cd is flat out spectacular! rich textures, creative arrangements, and outstanding musicianship! the crowd goes absolutely, nuts and rightly so. catch him if he comes to your part of the world for a truly memorable evening of jazz entertainment. one of the very best jazz guitarist of our time, captured beautifully on this cd with his all star band.
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