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. 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 "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
AllMusic4.5/5 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.

Side One:
1."Above the Treetops"2:43
2."Facing West"6:05
3."Cathedral in a Suitcase"4:52
4."Finding and Believing"10:00
Total length:23:00
Side Two:
1."The Longest Summer"6:34
3."Rain River"7:09
Total length:16:96
Side Three:
1."Always and Forever"5:26
2."See the World"4:48
Total length:9:74
Side Four:
1."As a Flower Blossoms (I Am Running to You)" (Metheny/Akiko Yano)1:53
3."The Truth Will Always Be"9:15
4."Tell Her You Saw Me"5:11
5."Not to Be Forgotten (Our Final Hour)"2:22
Total length:24:12


  • 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.

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
Total length:16:00


  • Pat Metheny – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards
  • Ryan Kisor – trumpet, flugelhorn (track 9)
  • Mike Metheny – trumpet, flugelhorn (track 9)
  • Michael Mossman – trumpet, flugelhorn (track 9)
  • Dave Bargeron – trombone, tuba (track 9)
  • Tom Malone – trombone (track 9)
  • Dave Taylor – bass trombone (track 9)
  • John Clark – French horn (track 9)
  • Andy Findon – flute (track 7)
  • Toots Thielemans – harmonica (tracks 8 and 11 / CD:2 track 1)
  • Lyle Mays – piano, keyboard (tracks 2 and 6 / CD:2 track 2)
  • Gil Goldstein – accordion (tracks 4, 7, and 9)
  • Skaila Kanga – harp (track 13 / CD:2 track 3)
  • Charlie Haden – double bass (tracks 1 and 8 / CD:2 track 1)
  • Steve Rodby – double bass, bass guitar (tracks 4-7, 9, and 11 / CD:2 track 2)
  • Will Lee – bass guitar (tracks 4, 6, and 12 / CD:2 track 5)
  • Anthony Jackson – contrabass guitar (track 9)
  • Steve Ferrone – drums (tracks 3–5 and 12)
  • Sammy Merendino – drums (track 6)
  • Paul Wertico – drums (tracks 4–5, 7–9, and 11 / CD:2 track 2)
  • Danny Gottlieb – cymbal roll, percussion (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Armando Marçal – percussion (tracks 1–7, 9, and 12 / CD:2 track 2)
  • Naná Vasconcelos – percussion (tracks 1, 4–5, and 10–12)
  • Mark Ledford – vocals (tracks 3 and 4 / CD:2 track 2)
  • Akiko Yano – vocals (track 10)
  • Paulo Braga – drums (CD:2 track 5)
  • David Blamires – vocals (CD:2 track 4)
  • Members of the Quebec Children's Choir – vocals (CD:2 track 5)


  • 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]


Region Certification Sales
USA (RIAA) Gold 500,000+


Grammy Awards

Year Winner Title Category
1993 Pat Metheny Secret Story Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Secret Story - Live in New Brunswick (Video, 1993)[edit]

All tracks written by Pat Metheny except where noted.

1."Above the Treetops"2:43
2."Facing West"6:05
3."Rain River"4:52
4."How Insensitive" (Antônio Carlos Jobim)10:00
5."Finding And Believing"6:34
6."Always And Forever"3:53
7."See The World"7:09
9."The Truth Will Always Be"4:48
10."Tell Her You Saw Me"1:53
Total length:51:23


Personnel live[edit]


  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.