Secret Story (album)

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Secret Story
Studio album by Pat Metheny
Released July 1992
Recorded 1991-1992
Genre Crossover jazz, ethno jazz, jazz fusion, world fusion
Length 76:11
Label Geffen
Producer Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
Question and Answer
Secret Story
Zero Tolerance for Silence

Secret Story is an album by Pat Metheny released in 1992. The music is all composed by Metheny (shared credit on one track) and it is one of his most ambitious and successful studio ventures, integrating elements of jazz, rock, New Age and "world music". On the performing side it includes collaborations with the Pinpeat Orchestra of the Royal Ballet (of Cambodia), the London Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Jeremy Lubbock, the Choir of the Cambodian Royal Palace, Toots Thielemans, Lyle Mays and many earlier members of Pat Metheny Group.


Though there are no actual lyrics (the occasional vocals are wordless chant) the suite of pieces, the emotional charge of the music and the titles seem to suggest stories to read into the album, possibly a love relationship and its break-up.

Symphony orchestra arrangements written (where a definite score was used) and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock

Despite the extremely diverse and multi-layered sound, Metheny took the music on a concert tour, and a video recording of a live performance at New Brunswick, NJ, was issued. This film, also called Secret Story, was re-released on dvd in 2001.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]


The AllMusic reviewer Thom Jurek awarded the album with 4.5 stars."[1]

2007 remaster[edit]

In September 2007, the album was released again with noticeably retouched mixes and a bonus cd of five unreleased tracks from the same sessions. The remaster was issued on WEA and Nonesuch Records.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Pat Metheny, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Above the Treetops" (An arrangement of the Cambodian spiritual “The Buong Song”) 2:43
2. "Facing West"   6:05
3. "Cathedral in a Suitcase"   4:52
4. "Finding and Believing"   10:00
5. "The Longest Summer"   6:34
6. "Sunlight"   3:53
7. "Rain River"   7:09
8. "Always and Forever" (Dedicated to Metheny's parents) 5:26
9. "See the World"   4:48
10. "As a Flower Blossoms (I Am Running to You)" (by Pat Metheny & Akiko Yano) 1:53
11. "Antonia"   6:11
12. "The Truth Will Always Be"   9:15
13. "Tell Her You Saw Me"   5:11
14. "Not to be Forgotten [Our Final Hour]"   2:22

Bonus disc of the 2007 reissue:

All music composed by Pat Metheny.

No. Title Length
1. "Back In Time"   5:22
2. "Look Ahead"   4:05
3. "A Change In Circumstance"   2:14
4. "Understanding"   1:19
5. "Et si c’était la fin (As If It Were the End)"   3:40




  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom (2011). "Secret Story - Pat Metheny | AllMusic". Musical review. AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Pat Metheny - Secret Story". Musical review. Retrieved 2014-05-09.