Evocative and musically mercurial, Pat Metheny is one of they most notable Jazz guitarists on the scene today. Filmed and recorded live at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California in 1998, this extraordinary performanc... more »e is undeniable proof that Metheny keeps a close and watchful eye on the past, present, and imminent futurity of Jazz. This quintessential concert also features Lyle Mays (acoustic piano, keyboards, guitar), and Jeff Haynes (percussion). Includes the Songs: "Into the Dream", "Follow Me", "A Story", "Imaginary Day", "Heat of the Day", "Across the Sky", "The Roots of Coincidence", "Message to a Friend", "September Fifteenth", "Minuano" (Six Eight).« less
"I have owned the cd of Imaginary Day since it was released but never had the chance to see PMG live. This seemed like my chance to put images with the music Ive been listening to. First of all, the music is amazing. I am always blown away listening to Pat Metheny because his musical ideas are always so emotional and complete. The sound quality on the DVD is also very good, you can barely tell its live and not in the studio. I thought I was paying to see a Pat Metheny concert in my living room, instead I shelled out twenty bucks to watch Steve Rodby play with amateur video effects. It looked to me like he just got bored editing the footage so he starting playing with colors and transitions to the point I almost had to turn it off. I would have if it hadnt been that the music is so damn good. For example, it was pretty common that in the middle of someone's solo, the picture would turn into a little box in the middle of the screen and then turn blue. Then maybe it would get really fuzzy. I guess it was supposed to be visually pleasing but I just found it funny. So in conclusion, music and concert: excellent
Production: not even close."
Awesome Audio, Awful Video
Kevin W. Howlett | Silverdale, WA, USA | 08/16/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've had this DVD of Imaginary Day for some time now, and since I've had it and watched it a few times I really don't like to look at the visuals anymore...The whole thing visually plays like an early-80's rock video. It kills me to think that Steve Rodby, PMG's bassist/producer, who has been in the band for 16 years at the time the film was shot would make decisions like that. It seems to me like he took the raw film and ran it through his computer and said, "Hey, I just picked up this cool video editing program and it lets you do all these neat special effects! Let's see what I can do with it..." All that's missing in the video is a cheesy star wipe. To some this might not be such a bad thing, but a lot of people (like myself) are just totally in awe of Pat's guitar technique. When we're watching him blaze through a solo like it was the easiest thing in the world, and for some reason the video switches to a camera shot behind Pat's back shown at 12 fps it's extremely frustrating. Thank goodness the effects (mostly) take a break for the ballads, otherwise I don't know what I'd do. Those effects might be plausible for an in-studio session, but I like my live DVD's to give me the "you are there watching it all happen" illusion.Now, the sound, however, is nothing short of astonishing. I would go so far as to say that the reproduction of sound was as faithful as it could possibly be, which is a vast improvment from the "We Live Here" DVD (which was by no means bad, but the sound was a little thin at times).If you were looking for a great concert VIDEO you may be disappointed, but the sound may be enough to justify purchansing this DVD if the Group is your cup of tea."
Brilliant Guitarist on a DVD with Brilliant Live Sound
James121W39N | Sacramento, CA USA | 03/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not a new release , but having bought it last week I just have to share what I find to be an excellent, outstanding DVD (video and audio) of a concert given by the Pat Metheny Group at a small ampitheater in the Calfornia wine country. If you aren't familiar with Pat Metheny, he is a most accomplished jazz/rock fusion guitarist, having won 14 Grammy awards in his career. "Imaginary Day" won a Grammy, a song on this CD won another Grammy, and a second song was nominated for yet another. Pat Metheny has won an unprecedented 7 Grammys for 7 consecutive album releases. The most stunning thing about this DVD is the *sound.* It takes advantage of the Dolby/DTS 5.1 soundstage to deliver this incredibly clean, rich sound that is full of life and energy. If you want to demo your home theater system to show its music capabilities, pop in "Imaginary Day" and play "Follow Me," an optimistic toe-tapping pop-jazz number that soars and glides and builds to a great finish. The range of styles and the range of types of guitars that Pat plays is amazing. The first cut, "Into The Dream," is an acoustic solo with Pat playing a 3-headed 40-string 'guitar.' "Minuano (Six Eight)" blends pop-jazz with Brazilian vocal stylings that build and build into a controlled fury. Despite PM's fast guitar playing each note is played cleanly and with astonishing purity; the band does get loud but never overextended. "The Roots of Coincidence" really rocks, in which PM plays over an edgy bass/rhythm guitar line that is reminiscent of Nirvana and The Cure. The drumming of Paul Wertico and the keyboards of Lyle Mays really shine along with PM. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of the parts. The one drawback to this DVD is the video. While it filled my 16:9 widescreen monitor without a hitch, the film transfer can be somewhat grainy at times, particularly on night shots. It looks like they pushed the film. The video production is so-so -- there are a couple of moments when you wish the producer would stop fiddling with the video effects. Despite the mediocre video, the stunningly rich 5.1 audio and absolutely top-notch playing of the Pat Metheny Group makes the DVD a very enjoyable experience if you like jazz-rock fusion. If you have a 5-speaker plus subwoofer DTS-capable system, this DVD really is a must listen."
A Great Live Concert of a Fantastic Album
TonyD | 10/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An excellent live concert of one of the Pat Metheny Group's best albums, Imaginary Day Live is all over the map, musically speaking and a great primer for the music fan who might not be familiar with the group. Whether you're looking for beautiful ballads (Across the Sky), straight up jazz (A Story Within The Story), pop-inspired songs (Follow Me) or thrash metal (Roots of Coincidence) the group has something for every musical category. It's also pretty amazing to see Pat switch effortlessly between different guitars (electric, classical, guitar synths, etc), often within the same song. About the only gripe I have is that it's all over too soon; it would have been nice to have even more songs on the DVD. Give this one a try, I think you'll be amazed with the quality of the playing and the range of the music."
Not so bad...
Sacha Fassaert | Vancouver Canada | 11/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really wish I had bought this earlier. I was put off by the bad reviews of the visuals, and as a pro cameraman, that was enough to dissuade me ...but I had to see it for myself, as Imaginary Day is one of my 2 fave PMG albums. I'm sure Steve Rodby learned a lot from this. Now, the camerawork is perfectly adequate- despite being fairly unprofessional. There are many late adjustments, obvious zooms, and some soft shots... as though two guys were running around trying to keep ten cameras following the action. The editing- mostly the transitional effects- are also quite indulgent & amateurish... but I felt that even if this DVD offered a less polished view of the PMG, It makes up for it with the feeling that this was the band's own home movie of a day or so at work, with all the immediacy that that implies, and also gives rackspotters a bigger eyeful than usual. Interestingly, they hired Tak Watanabe to direct their next DVD (Speaking of Now), a man I got to work with in 1988...In contrast to Imaginary Day, the Speaking of Now DVD is almost flawless...That said, I'm glad they let Steve Rodby man the controls. I think this is a more intimate viewing experience, despite the flaws, and I feel we all got an interesting and different look at the band for it- after all, the director is a member of the band.... I also thought the sound, esp. the DTS surround, was fabulous. Recommended."