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First Circle (ECM Touchstones)
Genres: Jazz, Pop
First Circle was Pat Metheny's last recording for ECM, before signing with Geffen Records.With new members Pedro Aznar and Paul Wertico, the group was set for its next phase. Metheny's musical touchstones are all here - So... more »
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First Circle was Pat Metheny's last recording for ECM, before signing with Geffen Records.With new members Pedro Aznar and Paul Wertico, the group was set for its next phase. Metheny's musical touchstones are all here - South America, spirited rock, and de-tuned sonic parody.
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Judy F. (Judy) from JACKSONVILLE, FL
Reviewed on 8/7/2006...
Good re-issue but the sound fell short of the ECM legendary
x_acto | Boston, MA USA | 02/15/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While the Metheny Group performance in "First Circle" deserves 5+ stars (no doubt about it since the album original release in 1984), the sound quality of this re-release missed the mark.
"If I Could" track 4 and "Mas Alla (Beyond) track 7 sound reasonably good (these have few percussions). However, "Yolanda, You Learn" track 2 and all the other tracks with lots of percussion sound congested and compressed.
I would have given this album 5 stars if at least it sounded as good as Metheny's 1993 "The Road to You" Geffen GEFD-24601, (which sounds great in comparison).
For having been re-issued in 2008 and with the current 24-bit Resolution Digital Processing, Remastering and equipment readily available in the Pro Audio Industry, the Universal Music Group should have been capable of re-releasing this CD without smeared percussions or compressed dynamics.
If the UMG marketing people -and Pat Metheny- are listening, perhaps they'll ask their sound and mastering engineers to get it right on the next re-release (hopefully it won't take 6+ more years to get it done).
To get loyal Metheny and the legendary ECM sound fans to purchase the next re-issue of this album, at a minimum, the music label should offer it on an clean sounding, uncompressed CD and a 192KHz 24-bit DVD combo that really do justice to the very detailed and dynamic sound of this album's original ECM master tape.
THIS IS NOT A REMASTERED VERSION!!
António Emiliano | Lisboa, Portugal, EU | 07/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
This is NOT a remastered version of the Pat Metheny Group's 1984 masterpiece. I have been eagerly waiting for a digitally remastered reissue of First Circle, one of the greatest jazz records of all time, and I thought this was it. But this is just a Japanese reissue (or reprint) of the AAD 1984 disc. There is nothing in the liner notes that mentions a new master; also the copyright notice has the date 1984 and the disc has the tag AAD. It was not printed from a new master. The description that Amazon gives for this item is **misleading** and should be revised. I bought the CD for a steep USD 28.29 (+S&H to Europe) and I will keep it though, as a collectible item. See http://speakeasy.jazzcorner.com/speakeasy/showthread.php?t=20661 for a discussion of Japanese ECM reissues. If you're looking for a true remastered edition of First Circle do NOT buy this item. Be patient..."