Travels (Pat Metheny Group album)

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Live album by
RecordedJuly–November 1982
VenuePhiladelphia, Dallas, Sacramento, Hartford, Nacogdoches
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerManfred Eicher, Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]

Travels is the Pat Metheny Group's first live album, released in 1983. It won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.

The album consists of live material recorded in July, October, and November 1982, in Philadelphia, Dallas, Sacramento, Hartford, and Nacogdoches (Texas). The Group for this album consisted of Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Dan Gottlieb, and guest Nana Vasconcelos.

It was voted number 570 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[5]

Travels was recorded as part of the tour for the Group's 1982 studio album, Offramp, but also featured previously unrecorded and unreleased songs.

In the liner notes for his ECM Rarum compilation album, Metheny expressed great love for the live rendition of "Are You Going with Me?" and appreciated the audience for whom it was played in Philadelphia.

The track "Song for Bilbao", dedicated to audiences in Bilbao, Spain, was often played as an encore.

Track listing[edit]

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

Disc one:
1."Are You Going with Me?" 9:19
2."The Fields, the Sky"Metheny7:46
4."Phase Dance" 8:03
5."Straight on Red" 7:26
6."Farmer's Trust"Metheny6:25
Disc two:
2."Goin' Ahead/As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" 16:22
3."Travels" 5:03
4."Song for Bilbao"Metheny8:28
5."San Lorenzo" 13:35


Technical staff

  • Randy Ezratty – recording[6]



Year Chart Position
1983 Billboard Jazz Albums 3
1983 Billboard Pop Albums 62
1983 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 8


Grammy Awards

Year Category
1984 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Travels – 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.
  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. 994. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ Colin Larkin (2006). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 193. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  6. ^ Verna, Paul (9 March 1996). "Effanel Rolls with the times Aboard Monster Truck". Billboard. pp. 46–47. Retrieved 5 May 2016.