Pat Metheny Group
Released: August 1978
Chart Peak: #123
Weeks Charted: 12
This is guitar whiz Metheny's first solo outing which showcases the full spectrum of his guitar technique. Metheny plays six- and 12-string guitar along with acoustic and 15-string harp guitars, plus electric bass resulting in a one-man show. There is superb interplay among his overdubbed guitar picking. Each of the six original compositions are tasty with crossover potential. Best cuts: "New Chautauqua," "Country Poem," "Sueno Con Mexico," "Hermitage."
- Billboard, 1978.
Among his formative albums: he was still trying to find the right blend of rock, pop, fusion, and jazz elements.
- Ron Wynn, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
PM groupies jump for joy over the Group's first disc, inspired by the ethereal energy of the swirling, tuneful, improvised jazz. With a guitar strung to his heart, Metheny employs an excellent combination of technical gifts and soul to set the standard by which othe fusion artists are measured, and the delicate interplay between the seminal drummer and keyboardist Lyle Mays makes this dreamy disc worth listening to over and over again. * * * * *
- Zagat Survey Music Guide - 1,000 Top Albums of All Time, 2003.
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