Pat Metheny GroupFirst Circle

Label:ECM Records – ECM 1278, ECM Records – 823 342-1
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Contemporary Jazz


A1Forward March
A2Yolanda, You Learn
Composed ByLyle*
Written-ByMays*, Metheny*
A3The First Circle
Acoustic Guitar [Nylon]Pedro*
Written-ByMays*, Metheny*
A4If I Could
Synthesizer [Oberheim]Lyle*
B1Tell It All
Agogô [Agogo Bells]Lyle*
Written-ByMays*, Metheny*
B2End Of The Game
Bells, WhistlePedro*
Guitar SynthesizerPat*
Written-ByMays*, Metheny*
B3Mas Alla (Beyond)
Lyrics By, GuitarPedro*
12-String Acoustic Guitar [Acoustic 12-String Guitar]Pedro*
Written-ByMays*, Metheny*

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  • Acoustic BassSteve* (tracks: A3 to B1, B3)
  • Acoustic GuitarPat* (tracks: A3, A4, B4)
  • Arranged By [Arrangements]Lyle Mays
  • Bass GuitarSteve* (tracks: A2, A4, B2, B4)
  • Composed ByPat* (tracks: A1, A3 to B4)
  • Design [Cover Design]Barbara Wojirsch
  • DrumsPaul* (tracks: A1 to B4)
  • EngineerJan Erik Kongshaug
  • Engineer [Assistant]Rob Eaton
  • Guitar [Synclavier]Pat* (tracks: A1, A2, B4)
  • PercussionPedro* (tracks: B1 to B3)
  • Photography ByWilliam Clift
  • PianoLyle* (tracks: A2, A3, B1 to B4)
  • ProducerPat Metheny
  • SynthesizerLyle* (tracks: A2, A3, B2 to B4)
  • VoicePedro* (tracks: A2, A3, B1 to B4)
  • Written-ByLyle Mays (tracks: A2, A3, B1, B2, B4)
  • Written-By, Arranged By [Arrangements]Pat Metheny


Additional sheet inside with pictures of the musicians

Recorded February 15-19, 1984 at Power Station, New York
℗ 1984 ECM Records GmbH
Made in W. Germany

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 42282 33421 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 042282334213
  • Label Code: LC 2516
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 1): 823 342 - 1 S 1 ECM 1278 320 V 1 . 1 <
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 1): 823 342 - 1 S 2 = 2 ECM 1278 320 1 S
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 2): 823 342 - 1 S 1 ECM 1278 320 V X 1·2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 2): 823 342 - 1 S 2 = 2 ECM 1278 320 A C 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 3): 823 342 - 1 S 1 ECM 1278 320 1 E
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 3): 823 342 - 1 S 2 = 2 ECM 1278 320 1 F
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 4): 823 342 - 1 S 1 ECM 1278 320 1 · 2 Y
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 4): 823 342 - 1 S 2 = 2 ECM 1278 320 W 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A variant 5): 823 342 - 1 S 1 ECM 1278 320 1·1A - >
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B variant 5): 823 342 - 1 S 2 = 2 ECM 1278 320 2 [ A

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
First Circle (LP, Album)ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM Records, ECM Records25008-1 E, 1-25008, ECM 1278, 25008-1US1984
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First Circle (LP, Album)ECM Records, ECM Records2 50081, ECM1278Canada1984
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First Circle (LP, Album)ECM Records, Polygram823 342-1France1984
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First Circle (CD, Album)ECM Records823 342-2Germany1984
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First Circle (Cassette, Album, Dolby HX Pro)ECM Records, Warner Bros. Records2-50084Canada1984



  • Ajapanagamanas's avatar
    Edited 2 years ago
    'First Circle' may not be the album on which the PMG sound comes together as a cohesive whole, but throughout its weird and sappy moments there's nothing but proof of the work of musical geniuses -and i swear that's not a term i use often-. Main concept throughout the album could be 'beauty', mind you: all i can make up from the album's title and artwork is that a rainbow was actually the first circle the primitives ever saw (delightfully dumb artwork this one has). But to shake things up they just had to open the whole thing with the stupidest track they ever recorded only for the hell of it. Only to soon reach the heavens with the title track, which has such an uplifting power to it i wouldn't EVER want to meet someone who could remain untouched by it. Acoustic guitar ballads, trickily timed stravaganza, countless layers of synths, stylish solos and the phantasmagorical gem of "Más Allá" with the best use of Pedro Aznar they ever did. Definitely besting their previous recordings, not yet reaching the best which was yet to come, developing that special PMG sound, which to this day remains an enigma to me, as in: how come a band taking cues from so many genres and world influences, who were constantly trying new stuff and whose records were as conceptually and musically eclectic as this one is, achieved such an unmistakable sound of their own, which remains as unique to this day as it ever was? Sound that is, no doubt, the very reason why people either loves the band or hates it.

    About the record, again, a mixed bag. But a mixed bag i couldnt have developed my love for music without. Couldn't have learned that music could be this beautiful, this silly, this precise and this expressive, without this record. One of my favourite records ever.
    • winchrecords's avatar
      Edited 4 years ago
      Methany was probably the biggest seller on the ECM label, and he certainly had his moments, but for me, he's one of the least interesting and least enjoyable artists on the label, often either boring or annoying. On the other hand, this set is full of surprises and quite interesting for the most part. Even when it gets a bit boring, it usually remains enjoyable. It makes me wonder if I should at least sample more of his releases.

      -- winch (Green Noise Records)


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