The Falcon and the Snowman (album)

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The Falcon and the Snowman
Soundtrack album by Pat Metheny Group
Released 1985
Recorded 1984
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 38:23
Label EMI America
Producer Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays
Pat Metheny Group chronology
First Circle
The Falcon and the Snowman
Still Life (Talking)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Falcon and the Snowman is an album of original music for the soundtrack of the Orion Pictures film of the same title, composed and co-produced by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.

The music is performed by the Pat Metheny Group with occasional orchestrations for strings. The exceptions are a male chorus featuring a young alto which bookends the album and "This Is Not America," a collaboration with David Bowie, credited as producer and co-composer, who performs lyrics for an arrangement of the theme heard in the track "Chris."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays except "This Is Not America", lyrics by David Bowie.

  1. Psalm 121/Flight of the Falcon – 4:09
  2. Daulton Lee – 5:59
  3. Chris – 3:21
  4. "The Falcon" – 5:02 (Note: The title of this track is enclosed in quotation marks as it appears in the recording's track listing. Presumably this is not a typographical oversight.)
  5. This Is Not America – 3:55
  6. Extent of the Lie – 4:18
  7. The Level of Deception – 5:49
  8. Capture - 4:03
  9. Epilogue (Psalm 121) - 2:16


Pat Metheny Group:

National Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Steve Rodby) on "Flight of the Falcon", "Extent of the Lie", "The Level of Deception" and "Capture"

Ambrosian Choir (conducted by John McCarthy) on "Psalm 121" and "Epilogue (Psalm 121)"

David Bowie - vocals and lyricist on "This Is Not America"


  1. ^ Bultman, Scott (2011). "The Falcon and the Snowman - Pat Metheny | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011.