Imaginary Day

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Imaginary Day
PMG - Imaginary Day.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 1997 (1997-10-07)
RecordedSpring 1997
StudioRight Track Recording, New York City
GenreJazz fusion
Length63:49
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerPat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby
Pat Metheny chronology
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
(1997)
Imaginary Day
(1997)
Like Minds
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
All About Jazz[2]

Imaginary Day is a jazz album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1997 by Warner Bros. Records. The album overall was strongly inspired by world music from Iran and Indonesia, and won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. The song "The Roots of Coincidence" won a Grammy award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance; critic Richard Ginnell of Allmusic described the song as a dramatic departure for the group: "[an] out-and-out rock piece with thrash metal and techno-pop episodes joined by abrupt jump cuts."

History[edit]

This album marks the final appearance of longtime drummer Paul Wertico, who would leave in 2001 before the recording of Speaking of Now to work on other projects.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Imaginary Day"10:11
2."Follow Me"5:56
3."Into the Dream" (Metheny)2:27
4."A Story Within the Story"8:01
5."The Heat of the Day"9:44
6."Across the Sky" ("Across the Sky" lasts for 4:46; hidden intro for "The Roots of Coincidence" directly follows)5:13
7."The Roots of Coincidence"7:48
8."Too Soon Tomorrow" (Metheny)5:45
9."The Awakening"9:28
Total length:62:73

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby – producers
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York City

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Poland (ZPAV)[3] Gold 50,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Years Winner Title Category
1999 Pat Metheny Group Imaginary Day Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album
1999 Pat Metheny Group ”The Roots of Concidence” Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Video[edit]

All tracks written by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Imaginary Day"10:11
2."Follow Me"5:56
3."Into the Dream" (Metheny)2:27
4."A Story within the Story"8:01
5."The Heat of the Day"9:44
6."Across the Sky"5:13
7."The Roots of Coincidence"7:48
8."Message to a Friend" (Metheny)5:45
9."September Fifteenth"9:28
10."Minuano (Six Eight)"8:50
Total length:71:23

Personnel live[edit]

Credits[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Imaginary Day". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Gillis, A. G. (1 November 1997). "Pat Metheny Group: Imaginary Day". allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Polish album certifications – Pat Metheny Group – Imaginary Day" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.