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Pat Metheny Group — Last Train Home
Album: Still Life(Talking)
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Released: 1987
Length: 5:21
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(instrumental)
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 On_The_Beach wrote:
So beautiful.
Those warm piano chords; gotta be Lyle Mays?
 

Sure is.

This remains my favourite Metheny Group album, probably because it was the first one I owned. 

Saw PMG  at a live open-air concert in Montreal in 1989, for free, with over 100,000 fellow music-lovers. That was something. A jazz concert with a crowd that size. 
Pat Metheny et al provide terrific road music for navigating British Columbia's mountain roads.  Bought 3 PM albums a while back; time to buy a couple more.

Easy to get lost in the music, and then easy enough to pull out and focus on the road, wildlife, scenery and so on.
YAY- Pat Metheny was once the sonic Ritalin I needed to keep my shit together. I had a phase that included Lee Ritenour, Stanley Clarke and others plying the less traveled routes. Very fun to hear this. Thank you, Bill.
Bill. You make our lifes so much easier and nicer. A billion thanks. 
So beautiful.
Those warm piano chords; gotta be Lyle Mays?
Number one!
synchronicity... I rarely think of Pat Metheny or hear him (with the exception of backing Joni live). But I've been looking at buying a new guitar recently, and discovered this Linda Manzer, an impressive luthier who made some of Pat's guitars. Just a few hours ago I was watching him play one of her guitars... if you could even call it a guitar. 
 Isabeau wrote:

Same here. Been decades since I've heard him. 
Reason #34 to love RP.

 
Ditto!
 emcibulka wrote:
I'm a huge PM fan. Haven't heard you play much of him. Happy to hear it.
 
Same here. Been decades since I've heard him. 
Reason #34 to love RP.

I'm a huge PM fan. Haven't heard you play much of him. Happy to hear it.
MORE METHENY AND HIS COLLEAGUES! A great guitarist and composer who has worked with some of the best around. So many great cuts. Eighteen, American Garage, many more. To watch him play guitar in concert is to be totally transported. 
 Proclivities wrote:


I'm pretty sure that is an actual drummer playing that high-hat - perhaps a loop, but not a synthesized beat.
 

Duh, it properly evokes a fast train. I love this track and this album. Haven't heard it in ages.
Nice memories of my last year living at the beach before I had to move inland for a "real" job after my daughter was born.
His First Circle album form this same time period, is a very good album. Lyle Mays is great. 
@Pipes, @Proclivities: the drummer is playing a fast 16 pattern with a set of wire brushes on the snare drum. The effect is to simulate the sound of an old steam locomotive.
Long time since I've heard any of Metheny's work.  Thanks for playing such a nice selection.
 Pipes wrote:
Could he not find a real drummer instead of that annoying synthesized drum sound in the background doing the same thing throughout the entire song? Other than that, it would be enjoyable. :roll:
 

I'm pretty sure that is an actual drummer playing that high-hat - perhaps a loop, but it doesn't sound like a synthesized beat.
 IMGoph wrote:
Oh boy, it's the song from the Publix Christmas commercial. Takes me back to the early 90's when I was a kid in southern Georgia...
 I figured 10 years ago but by Goph's comment it had to be 15 years ago.

The commercial was produced by then West & Co, now 22 Squared, and featured a family traveling by train to Grandma's houseboat in Florida.  It was - and still is - one of my favorite uses of contemporary music with commercial enterprise. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTD96WhhC9w
 

Wow, not sure how I missed this one. I was familiar with it from either live album (Travels?) or the acoustic record he did 10 years back. great stuff.
His First Circle album is quite good.
PSD'd to this, arguably Metheny's finest moment.
Can't believe it's been taken out of rotation.
C'mon Bill, bring this train back home!
I have fallen out of touch with Metheny's recent music. He was one of my very favs in the late '70s through the '90s. His first Group album is superb. And 80/81 has one of the great all time pieces of music, Two Folk Songs: epic 20:00 jazz with an incredible opening and one of the most gorgeous of all guitar solos at the end. American Garage, First Circle and Offramp are very good too. I met him once, at a record store where I worked in Boston's Kenmore Square. I joked that he should pay me a few bucks in royalties since I was trying to get every customer to buy the first Pat Metheny Group album. I caught their concert a few nights later at Berkeley and the audience including me were lifted to the moon. 

I go very hot and cold on Pat Metheny's various projects. I'm not sure I was too crazy about the CD this is on, but this particular song always made me very homesick for Ohio while I was living in Chicago a few years ago. Brings back whistful memories...
There's a great jazz player in my town, Shane Conoway, who just nails this piece. He's a Metheny freak. Very cool.
thewiseking wrote:
we are just going to take a few xrays and then Dr Finkelstein will be in to do your root canal...
This is hilarious but totally incorrect. This a great song and I for one would love to get a root canal while this played in the background. Now sit there for five minutes while the anesthesia sets in.
Shouldn't there be an emergency phone in this elevator?
I was a big fan of Mr. Metheny years ago. Now I remember why. This is just what I needed today. c.
thewiseking wrote:
we are just going to take a few xrays and then Dr Finkelstein will be in to do your root canal...
One of the many Metheny songs that I use in my late night soundtracks. The vocals are really errie but seem to fit the mood of the song. Great song.....
bc wrote:
That overactive hi-hat seems incongruous with the rest of the song's instrumentation. It works with the title, but distracts from the rest of the piece. My $0.02.
I think it reflects the feeling of personal calm in a sea of frenetic energy. Like sitting in a kayak looking over at the traffic on Lake Shore Drive as the sun sets behind the Chicago skyline . . . Gawd I don't want to be at work today. Now we have $0.04! :cheers:
thewiseking wrote:
we are just going to take a few xrays and then Dr Finkelstein will be in to do your root canal...
LOL...precisely!
This is terrible! Make it stop!!
This is an amazing track. Yes, there is a hi-hat, but most of what you're hearing is actually wire brushes on a snare. I find it provides the perfect complement to the rest of the track---the nostalgic reverb and bright chords offset the tension of the constant brushwork quite well. Great video as well. Even better live. In fact, PM is the most amazing group live
Yawn ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
bc wrote:
That overactive hi-hat seems incongruous with the rest of the song's instrumentation. It works with the title, but distracts from the rest of the piece. My $0.02.
Agreed. Could've been a great background for a high energy song.
That overactive hi-hat seems incongruous with the rest of the song's instrumentation. It works with the title, but distracts from the rest of the piece. My $0.02.
Pat is excellent..I discovered them from the Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack..a great vinyl disc from a long time ago.
we are just going to take a few xrays and then Dr Finkelstein will be in to do your root canal...
A great song from a great CD! I love Pat. :hearteyes: :guitarist: :clap:
I love this song. One of his best tracks?
Brilliant! 9
An iconic track, mostly flawed by being played a little too much and its unfortunate proximity to the tragedy that is smooth jazz.
Geez, what an inspired set. From Kisses Sweeter than Wine(when I fired up Winamp) to Last Train Home, it's just incredible.
Alpine wrote:
I'm with ya man! I don't get why so many don't like Metheney. I've seen him twice. I guess some people have no taste.
If we liked what the "majority" likes, we'd be listening to Britney, Justin, or some American Idol star.... Let's give thanks to Radio Paradise for providing an alternative to commercial radio. Alvaro
This is probably my favorite Pat Metheny song. For you nay sayers, you need to check out Pat Metheny live. Here is this song live from youtube: (click here) Alvaro
jagdriver wrote:
A) Pat is not elevator music B) This is my favorite track by him, one I feel very strongly about having played at my funeral. Not that it's a dirge — from from it! Rather, it evokes very strong emotions in me that encapsulate who I am as a human being, my experiences, and those I've known.
I'm with ya man! I don't get why so many don't like Metheney. I've seen him twice. I guess some people have no taste.
thatch wrote:
I would keep the train and cut the vocals...It is very close to elevator music, as is much of Metheny's stuff.
But I LOVE those vocals! I find Metheny MUCH more interesting than muzak. Perhaps it's because I know what GREAT chops these guys have, and for ME (not you, obviously) it has SOUL.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........................
Stefen wrote:
It's better than the tree trimmers' chain saw outside my window.
I love the snarl and pop of a good running chain saw. Much more than this, anyway.
jagdriver wrote:
A) Pat is not elevator music B) This is my favorite track by him, one I feel very strongly about having played at my funeral.
Brilliant on both counts!
Heartland music!
The dentist will see you now.
A) Pat is not elevator music B) This is my favorite track by him, one I feel very strongly about having played at my funeral. Not that it's a dirge — from from it! Rather, it evokes very strong emotions in me that encapsulate who I am as a human being, my experiences, and those I've known.
Think I've got some Pat in my mp3 collection, its sorted under Elevator together with Brian Culbertson, Earl Klugh and Mars Lasar.
thatch wrote:
I would keep the train and cut the vocals...It is very close to elevator music, as is much of Metheny's stuff.
Yep! It's been in the tumble dryer with one of those anti-static & softener towels. It's all fluffy and soft-focussed...
Finally! Finally! Finally! Thanks Rebecca and Bill! They are one of my favourite bands. I could enjoy many awesome, great concerts of PMG. :propeller: :music: :music: :music: :yes:
Memories of moving from California to Colorado. For some reason this song gives me a sense of nostalgia that is hard to beat.
It's nice to hear a little PMG on RP, especially at a grey, rainy morning like this today over here. Thanks Bill!
Philippe, you were the one who made me know Pat Metheny's work. We miss you.
It's better than the tree trimmers' chain saw outside my window.
American Garage was my first intro to PMG Good stuff- give it a listen if you can
This song is, uh, transporting.
bcorcoran wrote:
I can see where he's coming from actually. If it wasn't for the synth keyboard I bet this song wouldn't have so many 1's. And they should have taken out the train sound-effect. Tacky.
I would keep the train and cut the vocals...It is very close to elevator music, as is much of Metheny's stuff.
It's great elevator music though
Older_Gentleman wrote:
Elevator music? Gotta get me some of what you're smoking.
I can see where he's coming from actually. If it wasn't for the synth keyboard I bet this song wouldn't have so many 1's. And they should have taken out the train sound-effect. Tacky.
always got give a shout for pat!
Thank you! :biggrin:
Never cared much for Pat Mehiney.
Ennis wrote:
Most definitely. Sorry folks, but I had to turn it off. It felt like elevator music / easy listening to me ...
Elevator music? Gotta get me some of what you're smoking.
Finally! The PMG in RP... Great!! Here is some more information: https://www.patmethenygroup.com/! :bananapiano:
Keep waiting for Bruce Hornsby to start singing
I see Pat as a participant to the next "Survivor"...with "Yawn Man" as his nickname...
plaid wrote:
Less PMG please.
been listening to RP for almost a year and this is the first time i've heard this .. quite nice.
Less PMG please.
more pmg please.
dpjag wrote:
Put those two together with Naná Vasconcelos and I'm a happy boy.
I couldn't agree more!!! except i'm a happy girl. :guitarist: :daisy:
fuh2 wrote:
something for the mood.
:good-vibes:
something for the mood.
We are straying very close to Kenny G territory with this set.
Most definitely. Sorry folks, but I had to turn it off. It felt like elevator music / easy listening to me ...
gonzafr wrote:
Great song from a great CD. Why isn't there more Mehtney on RP?! :stupid:
You can say that again! But make it Metheny. More Pat and less Toots whatever the hell his name is.
El_Penguino wrote:
"40th floor viewing deck, would all passengers please exit the elevator"
:clap:
jpm9678 wrote:
pat was on joni's shadows and light, i believe
I've got that album.
One of my favorites from Pat and Lyle. The trainlike rhythm, the pensive mood, then the fantastic vocals and percussion from Armando Marcal...it all works.
dmax wrote:
As Falls Wichita is a piece of genius, but it's by Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays, who is composing this stuff right alongside him. Lyle's first couple of solo records are brilliant. He doesn't get enough credit, and Pat gets the limelight (although Pat's great, too).
Put those two together with Naná Vasconcelos and I'm a happy boy.
Great song from a great CD. Why isn't there more Mehtney on RP?! :stupid:
Awesome. Definetly need more Metheny played on RP. His older stuff is best. Saw him last year and he's gone off on a wayout jazz thing. IMHO he's in the class with Joni Mitchell.
pat was on joni's shadows and light, i believe
"40th floor viewing deck, would all passengers please exit the elevator"
I love this song. This is the song that introduced me to Pat Metheny. Lovely. It has an instrumental Joni Mitchell vibe.
shawn colvin and pat metheny, nice combo
yet another brilliant segue. I love you guys so much.
DownHomeGirl wrote:
:lol: Please no more "smooth jazz" :boo:
Me boo, too, even tho I know Pat is super talented, blah blah, but this is boring me. We are straying very close to Kenny G territory with this set. I like Pat's livelier stuff.
A new appreciation for Pat Metheny. If a musician can create a piece of instrumental music that I can close my eyes to and actually be riding a train, he's a genius.
Any thing from New Chatautaqua?
A GREAT song and a great transition from Shawn Colvin's "Wichita Skyline". As always, Thanks Bill.
The first time I ever heard a guitar sound like a saxophone was in the '80's during a Grammy's show. My very first taste of Pat Matheny. I have been a fan of his genius ever since. This is nice. I want a bottle of red, some candlelight and my wife, of course.
Oh boy, it's the song from the Publix Christmas commercial. Takes me back to the early 90's when I was a kid in southern Georgia...
This is on my personal list of all time great stuff
I adore this duo. Good stuff.
A great song from one of my Favorite CDs.. along with Off -Ramp, First Circle, As Falls Whichita, So Falls Wichita Falls, American garage.. Just about everything he has done is great! :clap:
Is this: Last Hit Made? Good stuff...
Metheny will always be fighting that "elevator music" label by those who don't understand his music. Pearls before swine, and all that. Love this song!
agree with dmax - we need more PMG - especially the stuff that includes the genius of Lyle Mays the entire offramp album should be part of the RP playlist offramp is PMG's "dark side of the moon" - a must have for all cd collections.
DownHomeGirl wrote:
:lol: Please no more "smooth jazz" :boo:
this is not jazz, smooth or not, it's bad pop song without vocals and lyrics ...
Pyro wrote:
One of my favorite Metheny tunes on a great CD. I agree with the previous poster who rated his albums of the 80's highly. A great period for Pat, although my favorite CD is still "As Falls Wichita"...
As Falls Wichita is a piece of genius, but it's by Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays, who is composing this stuff right alongside him. Lyle's first couple of solo records are brilliant. He doesn't get enough credit, and Pat gets the limelight (although Pat's great, too).
:yawn:
Shopping mall music
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
Man and I thought spam was a waste of bandwidth. :rolleyes:
:lol: Please no more "smooth jazz" :boo:
BKardon wrote:
How could anybody not like this song? The folks dissing on it clearly have poor understanding of the mastery Pat Metheny has on composing. It's impossible to ignore his place in music history. The man truly is a musical genius. And if you doubt it, just see him in concert, you will then understand.
mastery of the guitar, mastery of composing, musical genius.. all of this, paradoxically, not a great song make! although i feared much more self indulgent guitar wank when i saw his name come up. listening all the way through i will raise my rating from a 4 to a 5, doubtless frustrating "real" music lovers
This sounds like something from Paint Your Wagon. I actually like that movie. :cowboy:
hcaudill wrote:
You know, you're welcome not to like Pat Metheny, but to dismiss this as elevator music or muzak is just ignorant. I'd challenge you to listen to this album all the way through on good headphones instead of turning it down and treating it as background music. It's brilliantly put together, building to a terrific climax on the fifth track (Third Wind) and then releasing slowly over the next two tracks. PM is a guitar virtuoso and a first-rate composer and this is some of his best work - and one of my favorite albums of all time.
Like this song. i am always interested in PM. And I agree with the above. When PM succeeds its because he builds terrific climaxes, Spring Ain't Here, from Letters from Home is one of the best examples.
hey RP!!!!!!!? where's all the rest of the tracks for still life talking....a truly breakthrough album
Man and I thought spam was a waste of bandwidth. :roll:
I'd agree. I haven't heard too much of Pat except for this track and most of "Secret Story", although the tracks in the 80's movie "Fandango" from "As Falls Witchita..." give me goosebumps every time. "It's for you" is definitely on my top ten list. Pyro wrote:
One of my favorite Metheny tunes on a great CD. I agree with the previous poster who rated his albums of the 80's highly. A great period for Pat, although my favorite CD is still "As Falls Wichita"...
I'm a big Metheney fan. We don't hear enough of him or Joni or RP. Bill, more Metheney please.
One of my favorite Metheny tunes on a great CD. I agree with the previous poster who rated his albums of the 80's highly. A great period for Pat, although my favorite CD is still "As Falls Wichita"...
I agree completely. Still Life (Talking) is a masterpiece, as were Secret Story and First Circle (also from the 80's). Supreme musicianship and heartfelt composition.
You know, you're welcome not to like Pat Metheny, but to dismiss this as elevator music or muzak is just ignorant. I'd challenge you to listen to this album all the way through on good headphones instead of turning it down and treating it as background music. It's brilliantly put together, building to a terrific climax on the fifth track (Third Wind) and then releasing slowly over the next two tracks. PM is a guitar virtuoso and a first-rate composer and this is some of his best work - and one of my favorite albums of all time.