Pat Metheny Group - Travels (1982)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Pat Metheny Group
Title Travels
Length 96:24 Discs: 2 Tracks: 11
Format CD Packaging Jewel Case
Label ECM Cat. Number 1252/53
Style Fusion Rating
Recorded live 1982  in  Dallas, Philadelphia, Hartford, Sacramento, and Nacogdoches, TX
Musicians Credits
Pat Metheny guitars
Lyle Mays piano, synth.
Steve Rodby bass
Dan Gottlieb drums
Nana Vasconcelos percussion-various
Producer Manfred Eicher
Producer Pat Metheny
Engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug
Engineer Randy Ezratty
Track list
Travels (Live) (Disc 1) 47:14
Are You Going With Me? (Mays/Metheny) 09:18
The Fields,The Sky (Mays/Metheny) 07:46
Goodbye (Mays/Metheny) 08:16
Phase Dance (Mays/Metheny) 08:03
Straight On Red (Metheny) 07:26
Farmer's Trust (Mays/Metheny) 06:25
Travels (Live) (Disc 2) 49:10
Extradition (Mays/Metheny) 05:44
Goin' Ahead/As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Mays/Metheny) 16:22
Travels (Metheny) 05:03
Song For Bilbao (Mays/Metheny) 08:26
San Lorenzo (Mays/Metheny) 13:35
AMG Review (4):
Now well into its gliding Brazilian-tinged mode, the Pat Metheny Group hits the road, as this two-CD set catches the band live in Dallas, Philadelphia, Hartford, Sacramento, and Nacogdoches, TX. Percussionist Nana Vasconcelos is still listed as a "special guest," but ever since Wichita Falls, he had not only been a part of the group, he was the transforming element in the Metheny "sound," adding his various shakers, effects and ethereal vocals. Sidekick Lyle Mays gets deeper into floating, glistening synthesizer textures, but he is still able to take formidable and touching solos on acoustic grand piano. Still experimenting with new hardware, Metheny's work on a detuned guitar synthesizer gives the live "As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" an exotic Balinese-like sound. Other highlights are the hard Brazilian grooves on "Straight On Red" and "Song For Bilbao," as well as the trademark Metheny glide of "Are You Going With Me?" — and the brief title track has a winning guileless simplicity much like that of Keith Jarrett in a prayerful mood. If you liked the popular Offramp, you'll fall for this one too, but get the former album first. — Richard S. Ginell