11 Songs, 1 Hour 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up three previous studio albums, this Grammy-winning double live LP from 1983 was a peak early achievement of the Pat Metheny-Lyle Mays collaboration known as the Pat Metheny Group, the guitarist’s main expressive vehicle up until 2005. (Another double live album, The Road to You, would follow in 1993.) Metheny’s guitar chops hadn’t yet reached the level of speed and clarity he would soon display on First Circle and Still Life (Talking). But the Roland synth guitar solos on “Extradition,” “Song for Bilbao,” and the opening “Are You Going With Me?” are landmarks nonetheless. The plaintive ballads “Goodbye,” “Farmer’s Trust,” and “Travels” are melodic gold, as are the breezy eclectic numbers “Straight on Red” and “The Fields the Sky.” Lyle Mays’ keyboards always gave the PMG a broad and unique sonic profile, but Travels also finds Mays stretching on acoustic piano, in solos that sparkle with invention.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up three previous studio albums, this Grammy-winning double live LP from 1983 was a peak early achievement of the Pat Metheny-Lyle Mays collaboration known as the Pat Metheny Group, the guitarist’s main expressive vehicle up until 2005. (Another double live album, The Road to You, would follow in 1993.) Metheny’s guitar chops hadn’t yet reached the level of speed and clarity he would soon display on First Circle and Still Life (Talking). But the Roland synth guitar solos on “Extradition,” “Song for Bilbao,” and the opening “Are You Going With Me?” are landmarks nonetheless. The plaintive ballads “Goodbye,” “Farmer’s Trust,” and “Travels” are melodic gold, as are the breezy eclectic numbers “Straight on Red” and “The Fields the Sky.” Lyle Mays’ keyboards always gave the PMG a broad and unique sonic profile, but Travels also finds Mays stretching on acoustic piano, in solos that sparkle with invention.

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