Pat Metheny Group: Imaginary Day Live
Still, these are relatively minor quibbles, when compared to the outstanding sound quality and performances on Imaginary Day Live. Virtually every tune outstrips its studio counterpart, through the energy and depth of the solos and the power of the group, which augments the core quartet with the late vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mark Ledford, vocalist/percussionist/guitarist Philip Hamilton and percussionist Jeff Haynes. With less marketing at the time of its initial release, this welcome reissue of Imaginary Day Live will surprise those who are of the opinion that Pat Metheny Group is an undeniably talented but oftentimes uninteresting group. There's always been more beneath the hood of Metheny and Mays' accessible writing and, while there are other Metheny Group discs that usually rise to the top of fans' favorites liststhe outstanding Travels (ECM, 1983) being oneit's hard to think of another album other, perhaps, than the group's 1978 debut, that struck artistic gold so instantly from the first note to the last.
For those who caught the tour, Imaginary Day Live is an essential memento; for those unfortunate enough to have missed it, it's an opportunity to hear the group in top form, flawlessly executing material that remains some of Metheny and Mays' most memorable to date.
Tracks: Into the Dream; Follow Me; A Story Within a Story; Imaginary Day; Heat of the Day; Across the Sky; The Roots of Coincidence; Message to a Friend; September Fifteenth; Minuano (Six Eight).
Personnel: Pat Metheny: acoustic, electric and synth guitars; Lyle Mys: acoustic piano, keyboards, guitar; Steve Rodby; acoustic and electric bass; Paul Wertico; Mark Ledford: vocals, trumpet, percussion, guitar; Philip Hamilton: vocals, percussion, guitar; Jeff Haynes: percussion.
Production notes: Steve Rodby: editor and director; Ted Kurland: executive producer; David Sholemson: executive producer; David Oakes: recording engineer; Rob Eaton: mixing engineer; NTSC, All Regions; Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1; Main program running time: 93 minutes. Bonus Features: Reflections on Imaginary Day (An Interview with Pat Metheny); Band Biographies; Discography; Production Notes.
Captured from Imaginary Day Live, courtesy of Eagle Eye Media