American Garage

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American Garage
Pmg - american garage.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJune 1979
StudioLong View Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerPat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
New Chautauqua
American Garage
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 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' first use of the Oberheim synthesizer, which became an integral part of the Group's sound.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays.

Side one:
1."(Cross the) Heartland"6:55
3."The Search"4:54
Total length:17:29
Side two:
4."American Garage"4:13
5."The Epic"12:59
Total length:16:72




Year Chart Position
1980 Billboard Jazz Albums 1
1980 Billboard Pop Albums 53

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "American Garage - 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.