Travels (Pat Metheny Group album)

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Live album by Pat Metheny Group
Released 1983
Recorded July–November 1982
Venue Philadelphia, Dallas, Sacramento, Hartford, Nacogdoches
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 96:26
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher, Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Travels is the Pat Metheny Group's first live album, released in 1983. It won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.

The album consists of live material recorded in July, October, and November 1982, in Philadelphia, Dallas, Sacramento (California), Hartford (Connecticut), and Nacogdoches (Texas). The Group for this album consisted of Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Dan Gottlieb, and guest Nana Vasconcelos.

Travels was recorded as part of the tour for the Group's studio album, Offramp, but also featured previously unrecorded and unreleased songs.

In the liner notes for his ECM Rarum compilation album, Metheny expressed great love for the live rendition of "Are You Going With Me?" and appreciated the audience for whom it was played in Philadelphia.

The track "Song for Bilbao," dedicated to audiences in Bilbao, Spain, was often played as an encore.

Track listing

All tracks written by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays except where noted.

Side I
No. Title Length
1. "Are You Going With Me?" 9:19
2. "The Fields, the Sky" (Metheny) 7:46
3. "Goodbye" (Metheny) 8:16
Side II
No. Title Length
1. "Phase Dance" 8:03
2. "Straight on Red" 7:26
3. "Farmer's Trust" (Metheny) 6:25
Side III
No. Title Length
1. "Extradition" (Metheny) 5:45
2. "Goin' Ahead/As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" 16:22
Side IV
No. Title Length
1. "Travels" 5:03
2. "Song for Bilbao" (Metheny) 8:28
3. "San Lorenzo" 13:35


Technical staff

  • Randy Ezratty – recording[3]



Year Chart Position
1983 Jazz Albums 3
1983 Pop Albums 62
1983 Top Jazz Albums 8


Grammy Awards

Year Category
1984 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Travels – Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 139. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Verna, Paul (9 March 1996). "Effanel Rolls with the times Aboard Monster Truck". Billboard. pp. 46–47. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
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