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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Uni/Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OR2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
This is the CD to buy after having bought the first Lyle Mays CD. After having listened to both I think that Lyle Mays is the true inspiration for the fabulous Pat Metheney group.
All the best bits of all the Pat Metheney/Lyle Mays recordings seems to me to be inspired mostly by the genius of Lyle Mays, even though Pat Metheney is obviously very talented too. But it is the shear excitement and lovely melodies of Lyle Mays music which shines through and is so extraordinary and satisfying and extremely exciting. The tracks that display these characteristics the most are Feet First, Hangtime and the fabulous Before you Go. Whatever inspired these melodies can only be guessed at. The rest of the tracks are just well executed fusion jazz music that any jazz lover would be happy to buy.
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I bought this on vinyl years ago and liked it as I do all the Lyle Mays albums. I recently got rid of all my albums to create space and had to re purchase some music on cd. This was one of those albums. Lyle Mays is a very talented musician and I love his electronic soundscapes.
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By Mr P VINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
By no means cutting edge but an album of good tunes. Could have benefitted from more risk taking.
Metheny's sidekick writes some lyrical stuff and although very enjoyable is maybe too smooth. Guitarist Bill Frisell is on some tracks but given very little scope to add some much needed grit.
Other names contributing are Peter Erskine and Steve Gadd on drums, Marc Johnson and Steve Rodby on bass and Bob Mintzer on sax and flute.
The long, closing, 4-part Street Dreams is a bit less predictable with Mays soloing to good effect on piano.
A lot of the Metheny/Mays output does suffer slightly from an over-produced, smoothness in my opinion. Catch them live, they are so much more exciting.
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This album is great, excelent compositions, stunning performances... I believe that Lyle Mays is the true heart of the Pat Metheny sound, no disrespect for this wonderful, guitarist, but it is my honest opinion.
The only flaw I can find on Street Dreams is perhaps the inclusion of "Chorinho", which has not much to do with the rest of the compositions, neverthless it is a breathtaking performance.
I truly recommend this album to all jazz and fusion aficionados. Anyway, do not miss the works in which mr. Mays engages in a solo piano trip: it's amazing and stands for his best.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keyboard Wizardry and wonderful atmosphere 15 July 2000
By xrayresearchdoc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been a Pat Metheny fan for a long time. So, a couple of years ago I found a cassette of this album somewhere and bought it unheard. It is one of my favorites. Some numbers have a big band feel and others are more what you would expect from someone who plays with Metheny. It is wonderful to listen to when your heading down the road in your car on a nice day, and feeling good. But, Mays and Metheny's music has a way of lifting one up on its own. There is also some nice keyboard work that dazzles anyone who knows how to listen. Actually, I find myself writing this review only because I logged onto Amazon to see if by chance this album was available on CD. It appears to be available, but I will have to wait a week or so. Suffice it to say, that if you enjoy Metheny, you will enjoy this. It is jazz that is immediate and innovative, but it is accessible. Money well spent.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought, mood and emotion provoking 14 Oct. 2004
By ValleyViolet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Years ago, I walked into a music store wanting to stock up on a few items. The man behind the counter placed this blue and red bubbly looking album cover on the playing now stand and what happened stopped me dead in my tracks. Suddenly, the most beautiful music started filling the store and I stood in a stunned silence, seduced by one of the most beautiful songs, ever composed; "Before you Go." I then bought Street Dreams and Lyle Mayes, two albums I never tire of. Over the years they evolved to tapes and then to CDs. But I must say that Street Dreams, particularly the previously mentioned cut and the title suite, "Street Dreams," are stellar. I had a wonderful moment when I played "Street Dreams" at the Stroke of Midnight On New Years about 10 years ago. My friends, even the ones not into jazz, LOVED it. To this day, I love this entire album, because it truly takes me to another place
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 15 Jan. 2000
By Martin Brunelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps Lyle's best album ever (and I'm also including all of the Pat Metheny group albums which I think Lyle deserves 50% credit for). This album sets the standards for New Age music and Jazz. When I need an escape from Reality, I can't think of a better album to go to than this one. Like all of Lyle's music this album will need more than one listen for the listener to appreciate the sheer beauty and profoundness of his music. Prepare to be transformed by musical angels!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Steely than Metheny 28 May 2001
By Gavin Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hot on the heels of 1986's acclaimed 'Lyle Mays', 'Sweet Dreams' was the first album released produced for CD (i.e. beyond the maximum playing time of the single LP) by Metheny's co-composer. The Pat Metheny Group were at the peak of their popular success, and the switch from the ECM to the Geffen label had proved highly rewarding. It seemed the band could do no wrong.
Then Lyle released this album and put his solo recording career on hold for five years, until the release of 1993's 'fictionary'. For 'Sweet Dreams', Lyle abandoned the tightly knit band that had worked so well on the debut album, and instead gone for a multiple format. Out went Alex Acuna, in came a seven-piece brass section here and a chamber orchestra there. Designed to showcase the breadth of his compositional and arranging skills, the CD sounds more like a Donald Fagen solo, or late Steely Dan album, particularly on the early tracks.
The CD is excellently recorded. The complex title piece is fascinating -- a sort of 'Wichita Falls' for orchestra. It's a good-ish album, but one that I find hard to love.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag 28 Dec. 2004
By Anon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Speaking as someone who loves the Pat Metheny Group and Lyle Mays' playing in general, I'd have to say that this CD is a mixed bag. Some might find it a bit cheesy or trite. But when Lyle gets into his serious soloing he really shines. Sometimes sounds like he doesn't know exactly what he's trying to do - he tries to mix different jazz idioms - big band, electronic, fusion, etc., with occassional success. I would recommend his first album over this, but this one is a good "minor" addition to any Metheny/Mays collection.
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