Pat Metheny Group ‎– First Circle

ECM Records ‎– ECM 1278, ECM Records ‎– 177 9925
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1 Forward March
Bass Drum – Steve*Drums [Field Drum], Cymbal – Paul*Glockenspiel – Pedro*Guitar, Synthesizer [Synclavier Guitar], Written-By – Pat*Trumpet – Lyle*
2 Yolanda, You Learn
Bass [Guitar] – Steve*Drums – Paul*Piano, Synthesizer, Written-By – Lyle*Sitar, Guitar [Slide, Synclavier Guitar], Written-By – Pat*Voice, Bells – Pedro*
3 The First Circle
Acoustic Guitar [Nylon String], Voice, Bells, Percussion – Pedro*Acoustic Guitar [Steel-string], Written-By – Pat*Bass [Acoustic] – Steve*Drums – Paul*Piano, Synthesizer, Written-By – Lyle*
4 If I Could
Acoustic Guitar, Written-By – Pat*Bass [Acoustic] – Steve*Drums – Paul*Synthesizer [Oberheim] – Lyle*
5 Tell It All
Bass [Acoustic] – Steve*Drums – Paul*Guitar, Written-By – Pat*Piano, Agogô, Written-By – Lyle*Voice, Percussion – Pedro*
6 End Of The Game
Bass [Acoustic, Bass Guitar] – Steve*Bells, Whistle, Percussion, Voice – Pedro*Drums – Paul*Guitar, Synthesizer [Guitar Synthesizer], Written-By – Pat*Piano, Synthesizer, Written-By – Lyle*
7 Más Allá (Beyond)
Bass [Acoustic] – Steve*Drums – Paul*Guitar, Written-By – Pat*Piano, Synthesizer – Lyle*Voice, Percussion, Lyrics By, Guitar – Pedro*
8 Praise
Acoustic Guitar [12-string], Guitar, Synthesizer [Synclavier Guitar], Written-By – Pat*Acoustic Guitar [12-string], Voice – Pedro*Bass – Steve*Drums – Paul*Piano, Organ, Synthesizer, Written-By – Lyle*

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Recorded February 15-19, 1984 at Power Station, New York
℗ 1984 ECM Records GmbH
© 2008 ECM Records GmbH

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  • Barcode (visible barcode): 602517799257
  • Barcode (scanned barcode): 0602517799257
  • Label Code: LC 02516
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout: UNIVERSAL [logo x 4] 00422 823 342-2 01 + 52202993
  • Matrix / Runout: MADE IN GERMANY BY EDC B

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ECM 1278, 823 342-1 Pat Metheny Group First Circle(LP, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1278, 823 342-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
ECM 1278, 78118-21278-2 Pat Metheny Group First Circle(CD, Album) ECM Records, BMG Classics ECM 1278, 78118-21278-2 US 1984 Sell This Version
ECM 1278 Pat Metheny Group First Circle(LP, Album) ECM Records ECM 1278 US 1984 Sell This Version
ECM 1278, 823 342-1 Pat Metheny Group First Circle(LP, Album) ECM Records, Polygram ECM 1278, 823 342-1 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
823 342-1, SEL-RG 045 Pat Metheny Group First Circle(LP, Album) Polydor, Sung Eum Limited 823 342-1, SEL-RG 045 South Korea 1987 Sell This Version



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March 25, 2014
Review by Richard S. Ginell
In First Circle, the Pat Metheny Group settled into a lineup that lasted for quite a while -- with Metheny, keyboardist Lyle Mays, bassist Steve Rodby, and new drummer Paul Wertico forming the core quartet. The ever-restless Metheny also mixes up the music, not quite leaving the Brazilian glide behind but coming up with some fascinating permutations always affixed with his personal stamp. "Forward March," the album opener, is a bizarre parody full of detuned instruments and half-cocked trumpet from Mays; one wonders if this was directed at a few silly skirmishes of the day (Grenada? the Falklands?). "The First Circle" has Brazilian elements, but now in the service of a grander architectural context, while nothing could be simpler and yet more sophisticated than the delicate ballad "If I Could." "End of the Game" might be the best track on the record, equipped with a beautiful pop-flavored set of tunes and harmonies, with a rock beat fused to the floating ambience of South America as personified by the new Argentine percussionist/vocalist Pedro Aznar. "Praise," the closer, is an out-and-out rock tune, an affirmative flip side of "Forward March" and the last of a series of delightful surprises.