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Pat Metheny Group: Imaginary Day – Live (Eagle DVD-Video)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Concert: B



After three solid versions issued of Pat Metheny Group: The Way Up – Live from Eagle Vision, the company has decided to reissue an older concert of equal excellence that had the unfortunate timing of the disc having a Tuesday street date of September 11th, 2001.  However, here it is and Pat Metheny Group: Imaginary Day – Live is an excellent companion to the other release.  You can read more about the excellent The Way Up starting with this HD-DVD link:





Taped on July 21 – 23, 1998 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, you get a great set that includes:


1)     Into The Dream

2)     Follow Me

3)     A Story

4)     Imaginary Day

5)     Heat Of The Day

6)     Across The Sky

7)     The Roots Of Coincidence

8)     Message To A Friend

9)     September Fifteenth

10)  Minuano (Six Eight)



It was a set of beautiful days with a great audience and the band in great form once again and you can’t go wrong, whether you start with this or one of the other Metheny/Eagle releases.  There is a real energy and joy in watching musicians who love music and can play it so well pull off a great concert; something we are seeing less and less of as bad music seeps into mass media, but this set is loaded with golden moments and is worth a serious look by anyone who loves music.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on NTSC analog video and shows its age, but is color consistent enough and the source is in good shape.  The DTS 5.1 is better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which is weak, while the PCM 16/48 2.0 Stereo mix shows that this was not conceived for multi-channel.  The DTS almost edges it out, but if it does, it is by a narrow margin.  The only extra is a ten-minute piece shot at the time with Metheny discussing music and this event in smart terms.  Too bad that does not go on even longer.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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