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Editors’ Notes

Pat Metheny’s most enduring project was well underway by the time this 1982 album came out. With charter member/collaborator/keyboardist Lyle Mays as well as drummer Dan Gottlieb, bassist Steve Rodby, and guest percussionist Naná Vasconcelos at his side, the guitarist moves in a more pop-jazz vein of fusion with Mays and Metheny both embracing the (then) modern sounds of synthesizer and guitar synthesizer. Some may bemoan the fact that he was closer to pop or soundtrack music than jazz, but Pat Metheny has always had an exceptional ear for beautiful melodies and well-crafted arrangements—this is even apparent on the atmospheric “Are You Going with Me?” and “The Bat Part 2.” More immediate are the playful “James” (a true standout here) and the intimate “Au Lait.” Tunes like “Eighteen” and the title track will work for those seeking something more upbeat, with the latter being the more demanding of the two. A classic of its kind, Offramp is PMG at their most accessible without them ever having to “dumb it down.”

Customer Reviews

"Are You Going With Me!"

Through an uncanny method Pat Metheny understands how to transform his guitar into your inner thoughts and feelings. "Are you going with me" is but one. If you listen carefully you can hear him ask her, "Are you going with me?" Her reply can be taken either way but without question you can clearly hear both conversations in the song. An absolutely fantastic album. This album (and many more by Pat) moves mountains!

VERY sensual

Without a single lyric, Are You Going With Me is one of the sexiest songs I have ever heard. Classy, sensual, contagious, very original. It takes you to another place fast and keeps you there until the last note.

Hidden Treasure

This is the second album I got into during my introduction to Pat Metheny (First Circle was the first). This album is a real gem. It is full of moody, full and rich themes. Each song is a little different in it’s own way: soft, building, intense, pretty, improvisational, and noisy. Some may be familiar with “Are You Going With Me?” from Pat’s live “Travels” album so here is where the original tune came from. The album cover tells it all. While your eyes are closed listening to this journey on headphones, occasionally take a peek at the album cover and it kinda sums it up. A must have for Metheny fans.


Born: August 12, 1954 in Lee's Summit, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most original guitarists from the '80s onward (he is instantly recognizable), Pat Metheny is a chance-taking player who has gained great popularity but also taken some wild left turns. His records with the Pat Metheny Group are difficult to describe (folk-jazz? mood music?) but manage to be both accessible and original, stretching the boundaries of jazz and making Metheny famous enough that he could perform whatever type of music he wanted without losing his audience. Metheny (whose...
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