Secret Story is an album by Pat Metheny released in 1992. On the performing side, it includes collaborations with the Pinpeat Orchestra of the Royal ballet of Cambodia, the London Orchestra and its conductor Jeremy Lubbock, the Choir of the Cambodian Royal Palace, Toots Thielemans, and Lyle Mays.
Secret Story is among the more provocative recordings in Pat Metheny's oeuvre. Combining the relaxed groove of the early Pat Metheny Group recordings, it is full of odd sounds, exotic instrumentation, and the participation of members of the London Orchestra conducted by Jeremy Lubbock. The silence at the end of Secret Story is pregnant, almost breathtaking. At the end of 76 minutes the listener cannot help but be absorbed in reminiscences both pleasant and painful, and becomes an empathetic, and perhaps even a sympathetic witness to and participant in Metheny's magical sound world.
Metheny has always leaned towards long-form, through-composed writing, especially in collaboration with pianist Lyle Mays on Pat Metheny Group albums. Here, as sole composer, one can hear Mays' contribution to PMG through its absence. While there's no lack of complexity here, there's stronger romanticism and less mathematical logic.
Conductor – Jeremy LubbockGuitar, Synth – Pat MethenyHarp – Skaila KangaOrchestra – Members Of The London Orchestra Written-By – Metheny. Not To Be Forgotten (Our Final Hour). Conductor – Jeremy LubbockOrchestra – Members Of The London Orchestra Written-By – Metheny. Disc 2: Bonus Tracks.
The New York Times called Pat Metheny's 1992 Grammy Award-winning Secret Story the most sweepingly ambitious album that the jazz guitarist has yet recorded. a nearly 80-minute world-music suite with symphonic underpinnings.
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Nonesuch’s reissue programme of Pat Metheny’s back catalogue continues. After the tumultuous noise terror of the Song X collaboration with the king of free jazz, Ornette Coleman, now comes a reissue of Secret Story from 1992. You couldn’t ask for a more extreme contrast. Secret Story is as mainstream as jazz gets. The pan pipes sum up the second problem with Secret Story. Pan pipes are a lazy way of signifying ‘foreign places’ in music. Described as a ‘world music suite’ Secret Story removes any of the grit of world music and reduces it to tasteful textures around which those keyboards twitter interminably. This music is so dull that when Toots Thielemans’s harmonica arrives for some pleasant warbling on Always And Forever it seems like a sonic thunderbolt.
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|A1||Above The Treetops
Arranged By [Strings] – Pat*Choir – The Choir Of The Cambodian Royal Palace*Copyist [String Transcription] – Mike TownendOrchestra – The Pinpeat Orchestra Of The Royal Ballet
|A3||Cathedral In A Suitcase
Bass [Keyboard] – Pat*
|A4||Finding And Believing
Accordion – Gil GoldsteinAcoustic Bass [(pt 3)] – Steve RodbyBass [(pt 1)] – Will LeeDrums [(pt 1)] – Steve FerroneDrums [(pt 3)] – Paul Wertico
|A5||The Longest Summer
Drums [(pt 1)] – Paul WerticoDrums [(pt 2)] – Steve FerronePiano [Acoustic] – Pat*
Drums – Sammy MerendinoElectric Bass – Steve Rodby
Flute – Andy Findon*
|B1||Always And Forever||5:25|
|B2||See The World
Arranged By [Horns] – Pat*Bass Guitar [Contrabass Guitar (Interlude)] – Anthony JacksonBass Trombone – Dave Taylor*Conductor [Horns] – Gil GoldsteinConductor [Horns], Copyist [Horn Transcription] – Gil GoldsteinFrench Horn – John Clark*Trombone – Tom MaloneTrombone, Tuba – Dave BargeronTrumpet, Flugelhorn – Michael Mossman*, Mike Metheny, Ryan Kisor
|B3||As A Flower Blossoms ( I Am Running To You)
Guitar [Pikasso] – Pat*Voice, Lyrics By – Akiko Yano
Synthesizer [Synclavier "accordion"] – Pat*Voice – Nana Vasconcelos*
|B5||The Truth Will Always Be||9:10|
|B6||Tell Her You Saw Me
Guitar – Pat*Harp – Skaila Kanga
|B7||Not To Be Forgotten (Our Final Hour)||2:20|
|GEF 24468||Pat Metheny||Secret Story (2xLP, Album)||Geffen Records||GEF 24468||Europe||1992|
|GED 24468, GEFD 24468||Pat Metheny||Secret Story (CD, Album)||Geffen Records, Geffen Records||GED 24468, GEFD 24468||Europe||1992|
|GEFD-24468||Pat Metheny||Secret Story (CD, Album, Club)||Geffen Records||GEFD-24468||US||1992|
|GED 24468, GEFD 24468, 424 468-2||Pat Metheny||Secret Story (CD, Album, RP)||Geffen Records, Geffen Records, Geffen Records||GED 24468, GEFD 24468, 424 468-2||Europe||Unknown|
|192572-2||Pat Metheny||Secret Story (CD, Album, RE + CD + Dlx)||Nonesuch, Metheny Group Productions||192572-2||US||2007|