Beyond The Missouri Sky (Short Stories)

Label
Polygram Records
Release date
25 Feb 1997
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
69:12

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Waltz for Ruth 4:27 19,099
2 Our Spanish Love Song 5:41 19,946
3 Message to a Friend 6:13 17,738
4 Two for the Road 5:17 16,847
5 First Song (For Ruth) 6:40 2,911
6 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress 4:05 18,914
7 The Precious Jewel 3:46 13,851
8 He's Gone Away 4:18 16,433
9 The Moon Song 6:56 17,653
10 Tears of Rain 5:29 13,233
11 Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme) 3:36 17,369
12 Cinema Paradiso (Main Theme) 4:25 15,764
13 Spiritual 8:19 16,550

About this album

Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny have been good friends since the 1970s, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that Beyond the Missouri Sky should be their first duet album together. Both musicians are from small towns in Missouri, which leads Metheny to speculate in the liner notes if this similarity of childhood ambience might have something to do with the two players’ obvious love and affinity for each other. Whatever the answer, the result of this logical pairing is a rather somber and moody one. Metheny has a dark tone on his electric guitar, and on Beyond the Missouri Sky, where he plays acoustic, his sound is similarly deep and rounded. Metheny has called Haden one of the greatest improvisers of all time, and although this may be hyperbolic exaggeration from a longtime friend, Haden has at least earned the right to defend the claim. On Beyond the Missouri Sky, his playing is as sensitive and beautiful as always. Although one can understand the vibe that Haden and Metheny were going for, the preponderance of slow and mid-tempo material can wear on the listener. When they eschew the dirge-like tempos, as on the fantastic “The Precious Jewel,” the results are just as atmospheric and are, in fact, even more evocative of the Midwestern landscapes that are featured so prominently in the album art. With Metheny setting up a strummy rhythm, Haden plays the stately melody with impeccable tone. This track, one of many, also showcases Metheny overdubbing different guitars to thicken out the sound of the performance.

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  • michbad

    Are there any more albums like that?

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • buterflyyy

    Wonderful !! I am delighted and stunned by this music **** Wonderful !!

    25 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Saigim

    I truly relax on this one. It's one of the few albums that allow me to truly let go. I don't think it's somber or dark or wearing as in the review above. It makes me feel a sunset on a late summer evening.

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • eremuse

    from the endless .... above the sky

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Andreas_Wotte

    I love it. Greeting to everyone who feels similar

    25 Nov 2009 Reply
  • CBOINET

    un moment bien agréable et propre à la rêverie

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • dutchviking

    pure beauty....

    4 May 2009 Reply
  • noswears

    Best album ever.

    30 Sep 2008 Reply

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