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Pat Metheny

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Imaginary Day (10:11)
2. Follow Me (5:56)
3. Into The Dream (2:27)
4. Story Within The Story (8:01)
5. Heat of The Day (9:44)
6. Across The ky (5:13)
7. Roots of Coincidence (7:48)
8. Too Soon Tomorrow (5:45)
9. Awakening (9:28)

Total Time: 64:37

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Line-up / Musicians

- Pat Metheny / electric, acoustic & synthesizer guitar
- Lyle Mays / piano, keyboards
- Steve Rodby / acoustic and electric bass
- David Blamires / acoustic, electric and baritone guitar, trumpet, violin, mellowphone, vocals, recorder
- Mark Ledford / trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
- Paul Wertico / drums
- David Samuels, Glen Velez, Don Alias & Mino Cinelu / percussion

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Warner Bros / WEA (CD, Audio DVD)

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3.98
(62 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(37%)
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Review by The Quiet One
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4 stars Imagine a day when Pat Metheny becomes Eclectic:

Imaginary Day is definitely one of Metheny's most eclectic and complete albums, emphasizing a good mix of genres through his unique acoustic/electric guitar sound with the addition of some musicians, besides the classic line-up of Lyle(acoustic piano and keyboards), Steve(acoustic and electric bass) and Paul(drums), there's Mark Ledford on vocals, trumpet, flugerhorn and bass trumpet, David Blamires on vocals, mellophone, baritone, baritone acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin, recorder and trumpet, and then you got Mino, David(Samuels), Glen and Don on percussion.

The album opens up with the title track. An extraordinary 10 minute piece that opens up in the style of Indo-Prog/Raga Rock sub-genre of here. The song evolves beautifuly to the classic Metheny style, with a wonderful electric guitar solo leading the second half of the tune till it finishes.

The album continues with Follow Me, an up-beat acoustic tune with Pat's typical synth guitar solo, as well as some subtle piano in the end with some percussion, giving it a samba/jazz feel to it.

The track that follows is Into the Dream. Pat's acoustic guitar leads this song, as Imaginary Day, this one also has a Indo-Prog/Raga Rock feel. However, Into the Dream is really just an opener to the next song, A Story Within a Story, a much jazzier oriented instrumental, but still the bass and piano gives it a samba feel to it. Besides having another promising electric guitar solo, it has at the end an emotional trumpet solo.

You think that the Indo-Prog/Raga Rock influence is just for those tunes, well get prepared for the stunning acoustic and percussive intro of The Heat of the Day. It then evolves to classic Metheny jazzy style, which in here Lyle gets the chance to shine with his wonderful and unique piano, and then Pat delivers a magnificent, as always, synth guitar solo.

To lower your pulse, Pat delivers you the gentle acoustic tune called Across the Sky, with some powerful yet subtle piano and guitar chords.

Prepare to be shocked with The Roots of Coincidence, with an electronic intro and some petrifying electric guitar you now know that Pat is unpredictable. The song also carries an excellent guitar solo with the fast electronic intro as the rhythm. The last minutes of the tune are soft, yet dark, with acoustic guitar and keyboards.

Next stop, To Soon Tomorrow, another soft acoustic song as Across the Sky, but in a more jazzy rhythm.

The album ends with the wonderful The Awakening, with the celtic-esque intro to the jazzy middle part with Lyle's piano having the lead. Finally the tune and the album finishes with Pat's everlasting acoustic guitar fading away gently.

Such a fantastic album, which carries through jazz to frantic electronic rythms to samba and even celtic style. This album is a proof that Pat can really progress from his classic, yet amazing, jazz fusion stlye of the 80's to an eclectic style which has some very promising compositions.

4 stars: Recomended for those who want a more varied version of Jazz Fusion, which really fuses much more than just rock or funk with jazz.

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Posted Monday, December 29, 2008

Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars PAT METHENY is one of the most commercially successful jazz artists on the planet. This is surprising because of all the jazz I have heard, nobody else comes so close to capturing the progressive spirit as does Metheny. I suppose many of his fans don't know this...they just like his "cool" sound.

As more of a rigid symphonic and folk fan, I have never been totally taken with Metheny and his group, but I have always appreciated and even enjoyed many of the snippets I have heard. All his guitar work shines, with his synthesizer guitar imparting a compelling mid western and far eastern amalgam. I wish I could be so enthused by some of the high pitched synthesizers or nattering wind instruments, and I wish the disk could hold my attention long enough to get to the core of what he and his merry men are trying to say. But maybe that isn't the point.

For me this is background music, but I know it isn't supposed to be, and I don't mean to be harsh or dismissive. On the title cut, "Follow Me" and "Into the Dream", the background suffuses me with comfort like a hot water bottle on an easy chair. The closer "Awakening" channels Lyle Mays stunning piano and Metheny's steady strumming through an elegantly orchestrated arrangement. In between, there is much to like or meditate to. I just wish I could decide which I prefer and go with it.

Perhaps it is Pat Metheny's hold on the imagination through which he finds greatest kinship with progressive artists and fans alike. Any day can be a Pat Metheny day, but not every day should be..

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5 stars This is one of Metheny's most eclectic albums and probably the best album to get for all of you prog rock fans. It is surprising to see Metheny in the archives as he has very little in common with rock in my estimation, however when you think about it, this album perfectly exemplifies all the key ... (read more)

Report this review (#132247) | Posted by Salviaal | Wednesday, August 08, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Congratulations for including Pat Metheny in your site! This is one of his best albums. The reason is the creativity of the compositions, the quality musicianship and the soaring lyricism - the music is so visual, you can almost see a movie in your mind's eye as you listen. There are progressi ... (read more)

Report this review (#99716) | Posted by EMinkovitch | Monday, November 20, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This album is another amazing Jazz entry in the musical journal of Pat Metheny (I don't mean that literally, of course, as there are no lyrics). I find this to be among Pat Metheny's most mystic, atmospheric and beautiful albums. Unlike much of Offramp, it is less jazzy and often mellow, more exp ... (read more)

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