Secret Story (album)

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Secret Story
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1992 (1992-07)
RecordedFall 1991–Winter 1992
StudioThe Power Station, New York City
GenreJazz, jazz fusion, world music, world fusion
ProducerPat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
Question and Answer
Secret Story
The Road to You

Secret Story is an album by Pat Metheny released in 1992 that won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 1993. All of the music is composed by Metheny (shared credit on one track), and it is one of his most ambitious studio ventures, integrating elements of jazz, rock, and world music. On the performing side, it includes collaborations with the Pinpeat Orchestra of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, the London Orchestra and its conductor Jeremy Lubbock, the Choir of the Cambodian Royal Palace, legendary harmonica player Toots Thielemans, and keyboardist Lyle Mays from Pat Metheny Group.


The opening song, "Above the Treetops", is an adaptation of a Cambodian spiritual song; other pieces, such as "Antonia", take influence from Eastern Europe. Japanese pianist and singer Akiko Yano appears on "As a Flower Blossoms", earning the only co-writing credit on the album. Yano had previously collaborated with Metheny on "Good Girl", "Lots of Love", and "Love Life", from her 1991 album Love Life, and on two Metheny covers: "'It's for You'" on Welcome Back (1989) (which also featured Metheny performing on two additional songs) and "Praise" on Super Folk Song (1992). Orchestral arrangements for the album were conducted by Jeremy Lubbock.

Metheny took Secret Story on a concert tour, and a video recording of a live performance at New Brunswick, New Jersey, was issued. This film, also called Secret Story, was re-released on DVD in 2001.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA on December 1, 1995.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]


AllMusic reviewer Thom Jurek awarded the album 4.5 stars.[2]


In September 2007, the album was released again with noticeably retouched mixes and a bonus CD of five previously unreleased tracks from the same sessions.[5] The remaster was issued on WEA and Nonesuch Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Pat Metheny except where noted.

1."Above the Treetops"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
7."Rain River"7:09
8."Always and Forever"5:26
9."See the World"4:48
10."As a Flower Blossoms (I Am Running to You)" (Pat Metheny/Akiko Yano)1:53
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 CD of the 2007 Deluxe Edition reissue. The numbering for bonus disc tracks 2–4 in the booklet and on the packaging is wrong.[5] The tracklist below is as the music is presented on disc.[6][7]

All music is composed by Pat Metheny.

1."Back in Time"5:22
2."Look Ahead"4:05
4."A Change in Circumstance"1:19
5."Et si c’était la fin (As If It Were the End)"3:40



  • Pat Metheny – producer
  • Steve Rodby and David Oakes – co-producers
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen
  • Recorded Fall-Winter 1991–92 at the Power Station, New York City[8]

Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studio One, London, UK[9]


Grammy Awards

Year Category
1993 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album


  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom (2011). "Secret Story - Pat Metheny | AllMusic". Musical review. AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 995. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ a b Kelman, John (October 20, 2007). "Pat Metheny: Secret Story: Deluxe Edition". All About Jazz. Retrieved November 11, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Pat Metheny – Secret Story". Discogs. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Secret Story by Pat Metheny". Nonesuch Records. Nonesuch Records. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Pat Metheny - Secret Story". Musical review. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  9. ^ Album Liner Notes