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First Circle

Tracks

  1. Forward March
  2. Yolanda, You Learn
  3. The First Circle
  4. If I Could
  5. Tell It All
  6. End of the Game
  7. Mas Alla
  8. Praise
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1984 First Circle Grammy Winner

Label: ECM

Musicians: Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico, Pedro Aznar

There are few works of art, music or film out there of which I can honestly say I am simply at a loss for adequate words to describe. “First Circle” is a monumental work full of joyful energy and an indescribably heartfelt melodiousness which a true fan of music can never forget. As other reviewers have already stated, the title track “The First Circle” is certainly one of the greatest musical compositions and recordings of the past century. The power and passion of this piece, as it progresses gracefully from a series of simple handclaps to its explosive and magical climax, takes ones heart and soul on an unforgettable flight. Enough said...you simply have to hear this track to believe it. Followed immediately afterwards by a gorgeous guitar and synthesizer ballad “If I Could,” the power of the title song is again multiplied. This is Metheny’s first album to utilize vocals so predominately (although he experimented with them on other recordings such as “As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” and “Offramp”). The effect is stunning and the vocals, sung most of the time without words, become another essential ensemble instrument along with piano, synthesizers, guitars, drums and bass. “Praise” concludes the album with a renewed confidence and exultation. What a pleasure to listen to an artist like Pat Metheny who, at the top of his form, finds excitement in expressing musically the positive aspects of the human experience. —Amazon.com

Tracks

  1. Forward March
  2. Yolanda, You Learn
  3. The First Circle
  4. If I Could
  5. Tell It All
  6. End of the Game
  7. Mas Alla
  8. Praise
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