Secret Story (album)

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Secret Story
Studio album by Pat Metheny
Released July 1992 (1992-07)
Recorded 1991–1992
Studio The Power Station, New York City
Genre Jazz, jazz fusion, world music, world fusion
Length 76:11
Label Geffen
Producer Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
Question and Answer
(1990)Question and Answer1990
Secret Story
The Road to You
(1993)The Road to You1993

Secret Story is an album by Pat Metheny released in 1992. All of the music is composed by Metheny (shared credit on one track), and it is one of his most ambitious and successful 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, Toots Thielemans, and Lyle Mays.


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 "Lots of Love", 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]


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 unreleased tracks from the same sessions. The remaster was issued on WEA and Nonesuch Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pat Metheny except where noted.

No. Title Length
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
6. "Sunlight" 3:53
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)" (Metheny/Akiko Yano) 1:53
11. "Antonia" 6:11
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. The tracklist below is as the music is presented on disc.[3][4]

All music composed by Pat Metheny.

No. Title Length
1. "Back in Time" 5:22
2. "Look Ahead" 4:05
3. "Understanding" 2:14
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[5]


  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. ^ "Pat Metheny ‎– Secret Story". Discogs. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Secret Story by Pat Metheny". Nonesuch Records. Nonesuch Records. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Pat Metheny - Secret Story". Musical review. Retrieved 2014-05-09.