American Garage

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American Garage
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Studio album by Pat Metheny Group
Released 1979
Recorded June 1979
Studio Long View Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 35:21
Label ECM
Producer Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny Group chronology
Pat Metheny Group
American Garage
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New Chautauqua
American Garage
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

American Garage is the second album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1979 on ECM Records.

The album represented the most collaborative writing session between Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays up to that point in the band's history. According to Metheny, this yielded mixed results. He has said that the album's second track, "Airstream," is a favorite from this period. But both he and Mays have expressed less praise for the fifth and final track, "The Epic", which Metheny has claimed, "is all over the map."

American Garage marked Mays's first use of the Oberheim synthesizer, which became an integral part of the Group's sound.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays.

Side 1
No. Title Length
1. "(Cross the) Heartland" 6:55
2. "Airstream" 6:20
3. "The Search" 4:54
Side 2
No. Title Length
4. "American Garage" 4:13
5. "The Epic" 12:59



Album - Billboard

Year Chart Position
1980 Jazz Albums 1
1980 Pop Albums 53

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "American Garage - Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 139. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.