Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories) [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
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. The results are similar, at least in spirit, to Bill Frisell's recordings in the latter half of the 1990s. Although many Metheny and Haden compositions that are featured on this record, it is their readings of older material that are most effective. The Jimmy Webb classic "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" is wonderfully nostalgic, as Metheny uses subtle guitar and synth washes to pad a beautiful duet performance, and the traditional "He's Gone Away" is the greatest lullaby that never was. Overall, Beyond the Missouri Sky is a fine record when the material is happening, but a bit of a chore when it is not. If Haden and Metheny had gone with the more Americana theme throughout, instead of interspersing that rootsy feel with post-bop, it would have been a much stronger record. [Verve issued a special edition in 2003 which included a bonus DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2003
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • EAN: 8808678314823
  • Catalog Number: 2818
  • Sales rank: 65,632

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waltz for Ruth - Charlie Haden (4:29)
  2. 2 Our Spanish Love Song - Charlie Haden (5:41)
  3. 3 Message to a Friend - Charlie Haden (6:13)
  4. 4 Two for the Road - Charlie Haden (5:17)
  5. 5 First Song - Charlie Haden (6:40)
  6. 6 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - Charlie Haden (4:05)
  7. 7 The Precious Jewel - Charlie Haden (3:47)
  8. 8 He's Gone Away - Charlie Haden (4:18)
  9. 9 The Moon Song - Charlie Haden (6:58)
  10. 10 Tears of Rain - Charlie Haden (5:32)
  11. 11 Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme) - Charlie Haden (3:36)
  12. 12 Cinema Paradiso (Main Theme) - Charlie Haden (4:26)
  13. 13 Spiritual - Charlie Haden (8:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 First Song - Charlie Haden
  2. 2 Our Spanish Love Song - Charlie Haden
  3. 3 Interview - Charlie Haden (10:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pat Metheny Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Haden Bass
Technical Credits
Roy Acuff Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Pat Metheny Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Instrumentation
Jimmy Webb Composer
Jean-Philippe Allard Executive Producer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Charlie Haden Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Johnny Mandel Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Jay Newland Engineer
Daniel Richard Executive Producer
Patrice Beausejour Art Direction
Carolyn Chrzan Guitar Techician
Traditional Composer
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