Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Pat Metheny Group - First Circle (1984)


I enjoyed a fantastic jazz concert last night.  One of the groups played a Metheny piece and that performance reminded me how much I like this CD.  I had a dubbed cassette copy of this album after it was released, listened to it quite a bit back in 1985 then left it for quite a while.  About ten years ago, I was suprised to find myself humming the second track from this album and ordered a CD copy immediately. Discovering this music all over again was a joy. To me, this is a collection of uplifting, joyous music made by fantastic musicians offering up some incredible performances, most notably by longtime Metheny collaborator Lyle Mays as well as Argentine percussionist/vocalist/guitarist Pedro Aznar. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1985.  I've listened to many Metheny albums, but I always come back to this one.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #91
Peak on the Billboard Jazz chart: #2
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #69

Tracks: After starting the album with the dismal Forward March (today may be only the 2nd time I've sat through the entire track), we're treated to three great songs in a row: Yolanda You Learn, the title track, and the beautiful ballad If I Could.  What was side two isn't as strong as side one, but the album ends strong with Praise.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  I've never been much of a DCI drum corps guy, but I did see The Blue Devils perform a fair arrangement of the title track in 1985.  That was another lifetime.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Steve Reich - Different Trains, Electric Counterpoint (1989)

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