Pat Metheny with Charlie Haden Live in Germany 2003 has only just appeared some 10 years after it was recorded. I am not sure if this is a bootleg or some German Radio station recording from the archive which is now out of some copy write, anyway the sound quality seems fine to me and the atmosphere is great with all bashing and clapping in the background adds atmosphere to the disc, the original however its not! Beyond The Missouri sky (short Stories) was original released in 1996 and the pair probably due to other commitments did not tour with the material leastways in Europe for at least 6 years I saw them at London's Barbican Theatre on Friday 12 July 2002 and this recording was recorded at Burghausen Germany May 07 2003 so I am guessing that this was the same tour. For fans of Metheny and in particular the Beyond the Missouri sky's album who went to these concerts this is a real souvenir, for anybody else new to this Metheny/Haden album they may be best suited to buying the original along with all the special effects. The live album comprises of thirteen tracks nine of which appear on the The Missouri sky's album ,It starts with North to South, East to West and Song for the Boys with Pat on Acoustic solo guitar Track3 Improvisation on the Picasso Guitar (into the dream)is I guess Pats multi -fingerboard instrument that allows him to mimic the sounds of Bouzoukis or various Oriental instruments and mimic a Double Bass's deep boom. Haden is then introduced and the pair then launch into Waltz for Ruth, and several other tracks, Jim Webb's' The Moon is a harsh Mistress and Ennio Morricone's Cinema Paradiso are both put through their paces by these two fabulous musicians. Both Metheny and Haden are both mid Westerners and good friends (I believe Metheny was Haden's best man at his Wedding) and their friendship shows on the tight musician ship of the pair and their appreciation of that great space of empty sky that is the Mid- West. There are lots of Chords and lots of Melody on these tracks and some of the music can only be described as fabulous , a special souvenir for a very special concert and tour.
Track list with what Tracks appear on Beyond The Missouri sky (BTMS)
1. North to South, East to West 2. Song for the Boys 3. Improvisation on the Picasso Guitar (Into the Dream) Pat Metheny Solo Guitar.
4. Waltz for Ruth (appears on BTMS) 5. Our Spanish Love Song (appears on BTMS) 6. First Song (appears on BTMS) 7. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (appears on BTMS) 8. Message to a friend (appears on BTMS) 9. The Precious Jewel (appears on BTMS) 10. Two for the Road (appears on BTMS) 11. He's gone away (appears on BTMS) 12. Blues for Pat 13. Cinema Paradiso (appears on BTMS) Pat Metheny Guitar Charlie Haden double bass / contrabass / acoustic upright bass:
I have long been an admirer of the Missouri Sky album so I was a little nervous about a live recording. However, the sound on a high end system is fine (although it did sound a bit scratchy when I played it on a car stereo.) Haden's bass goes down through the floor and the interplay between him and Metheny is symbiotic. The cd starts with some lovely Metheny solo pieces. Thoroughly recommended for all Metheny/Haden fans.