What's It All About

What's It All About

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by Pat Metheny
     
 

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After nearly 40 recordings under his name, What's It All About marks the first time there is not a single Metheny composition represented. Rather, the album comprises 10 classic songs, some very well known, that hold personal meanings for the guitarist.

Following the Grammy-winning 2001 solo acoustic record One Quiet Night, Metheny began regularly

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After nearly 40 recordings under his name, What's It All About marks the first time there is not a single Metheny composition represented. Rather, the album comprises 10 classic songs, some very well known, that hold personal meanings for the guitarist.

Following the Grammy-winning 2001 solo acoustic record One Quiet Night, Metheny began regularly playing the specially tuned baritone guitar he used on that album in the breaks between sound check and the show when he was on the road. "Almost every day as I worked through one well-known tune or another, various visitors or local crew people would come up to me and ask which record it was on, and I would have to say that I had never made a record like that," Metheny says. "And over the years, I have had it in the back of my mind that I should do an album of some of those tunes at some point."

As with One Quiet Night, Metheny recorded the songs on What's It All About late at night in his New York City home over a short period of time. In selecting which ones to put to tape, Metheny says: "I wanted to record some of the music that was on my radar before I ever wrote a note of my own, or in a few cases, even before I played an instrument. I was born in 1954 and all of these songs were in the Top 40 during my childhood and early teen years. It was a period when harmony and melody were still important and viable elements in popular music. Every one of these tunes has something going on that is just hip on a musical level, no matter how you cut it. They have all stuck with me over the years."

Most of the record was made using the acoustic baritone guitar, with three exceptions: Paul Simon's "The Sound of Silence" is played on a 42-string custom made "Pikasso" guitar, Bob Spickard and Brian Carman's "Pipeline" is played on a six-string, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "And I Love Her" is played on a nylon string guitar. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2011
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597964707
catalogNumber:
527912
Rank:
19405

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat Metheny   Primary Artist,Soloist,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (Baritone)

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Pat Metheny   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Linda Creed   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Terry Kirkman   Composer
David Oakes   Engineer
Brian Carman   Composer
Bob Spickard   Composer
Jacob Brackman   Composer
Pete Karam   Engineer
Roger S. Nichols   Composer
Thomas Bell   Composer
Paul H. Williams   Composer
Norman Gimble   Composer

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