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Pat Metheny

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 older brother is the trumpeter Mike Metheny) started on guitar when he was 13. His talent developed quickly; he taught at both the University of Miami and Berklee while he was a teenager, and made his recording debut with Paul Bley and Jaco Pastorius in 1974. He spent an important period (1974-1977) with Gary Burton's group, met keyboardist Lyle Mays, and in 1978 formed his own group, which originally featured Mays, bassist Mark Egan, and drummer Dan Gottlieb. Within a short period he was ECM's top artist and one of the most popular of all jazzmen, selling out stadiums. Metheny mostly avoided playing predictable music, and his freelance projects were always quite interesting. His 1980 album 80/81 featured Dewey Redman and Mike Brecker in a post-bop quintet; he teamed up with Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins on a trio date in 1983; and two years later recorded the very outside Song X with Ornette Coleman. Metheny's other projects away from the group have included a sideman recording with Sonny Rollins, a 1990 tour with Herbie Hancock in a quartet, a trio album with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes, and a collaboration (and tour) with Joshua Redman.

Although his 1994 recording Zero Tolerance for Silence baffled his audience, Metheny retained his popularity as a consistently creative performer. In addition to recording for ECM, he has appeared as a leader on the Geffen, Warner Bros., and Nonesuch labels. Metheny has remained active in the 21st century, releasing Speaking of Now in 2002, the acoustic solo album One Quiet Night in 2003, Way Up in 2005, and Metheny Mehldau in 2006. Metheny and pianist Brad Mehldau returned to the studio the following year for Quartet. Metheny released the trio album Day Trip in 2008. Orchestrion, which featured a solo Metheny playing several acoustic instruments designed and built for him by Eric Singer, appeared from Nonesuch early in 2010. Metheny released What's It All About in June of 2011, his second solo acoustic guitar recording. Unlike any other entry in his large catalog, the set entirely comprised covers of pop songs by contemporary songwriters (from Paul Simon and Lennon and McCartney to Antonio Carlos Jobim, Burt Bacharach, and Hal David) who have continued to hold meaning for him throughout his career.

Metheny released Unity Band with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Ben Williams in June of 2012. In August the promised live The Orchestrion Project was released; it was a CD and DVD document of the one-man tour with the symphonic machine in 2010-2011. The guitarist made a compelling and independent left turn in the spring of 2013 in performing the work of composer John Zorn on Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20 on the Tzadik (owned by the composer) and Nonesuch labels simultaneously. Metheny's Unity Group continued to tour, and in 2013 reentered the studio. Kin, their second offering, was released in February of 2014.

In January of 2015, Metheny was part of a tribute to bassist Eberhard Weber, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2007 and has not performed since. The evening featured works written and inspired by the bassist, played by various groupings of musicians and the SWR Big Band. Co-billed to the guitarist, saxophonist Jan Garbarek, and vibraphonist Gary Burton, it was released on ECM as Hommage a Eberhard Weber in September. Metheny then delivered the live album Unity Sessions and paired with trumpeter Cuong Vu for 2016's Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny. ~ Scott Yanow & Thom Jurek
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Unity Sessions

1. Adagia

2. Sign Of The Season

3. This Belongs To You

4. Roof Dogs

5. Cherokee

6. Genealogy

7. On Day One

8. Medley: Phase Dance/Minuano/Midwestern Nights/The Sun In Montreal/Omaha Celebration/Antonia/Last Train Home

9. Come And See

10. Police People

11. Two Folk Songs

12. Born

13. Kin (<-->)

14. Rise Up

15. (Go) Get It

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Track List: Born (Single)

1. Born

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Track List: This Belongs To You (Single)

1. This Belongs To You

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Track List: Kin (<-->)

1. On Day One

2. Rise Up

3. Adagia

4. Sign Of The Season

5. Kin (<-->)

6. Born

7. Genealogy

8. We Go On

9. Kqu

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Track List: Tap: The Book Of Angels, Vol. 20

1. Mastema

2. Albim

3. Tharsis

4. Sariel

5. Phanuel

6. Hurmiz

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Track List: Tap: John Zorn's Book Of Angels, Vol. 20

1. Mastema

2. Albim

3. Tharsis

4. Sariel

5. Phanuel

6. Hurmiz

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Track List: The Orchestrion Project

Disc 1

1. Improvisation 1

2. Antonia

3. Entry Point

4. Expansion

5. Improvisation 2

6. 80/81-Broadway Blues

7. Orchestration

Disc 2

1. Soul Search

2. Spirit Of The Air

3. Stranger In Town

4. Sueno Con Mexico

5. Tell Her You Saw Me

6. Unity Village

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Track List: Unity Band

1. New Year

2. Roofdogs

3. Come And See

4. This Belongs To You

5. Leaving Town

6. Interval Waltz

7. Signals (Orchestrion Sketch)

8. Then And Now

9. Breakdealer

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Track List: Pat Metheny Group

1. San Lorenzo

2. Phase Dance

3. Jaco

4. April Wind

5. April Joy

6. Lone Jack

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Track List: What's It All About

1. The Sound Of Silence

2. Cherish

3. Alfie

4. Pipeline

5. Garota De Ipanema

6. Rainy Days And Mondays

7. Thats The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be

8. Slow Hot Wind

9. Betcha By Golly, Wow

10. And I Love Her

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Track List: A Map Of The World-Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture

1. A Map Of The World

2. Family

3. North

4. Home

5. Sisters

6. Childhood

7. Fall From Grace

8. Memory

9. Gone

10. Flight

11. Alone

12. Outcasts

13. Sunday

14. Discovery

15. Acceptance

16. Realization

17. Soliloquy

18. Night

19. Sunrise

20. Resolution

21. Pictures

22. Patience

23. Transition

24. Reunion

25. Renewal

26. Homecoming

27. Forgiving

28. Holding Us

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Track List: Orchestrion

1. Orchestrion

2. Entry Point

3. Expansion

4. Soul Search

5. Spirit Of The Air

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Track List: Tokyo Day Trip Live Ep

1. Tromsb (Live)

2. Traveling Fast (Live)

3. Inora (Live)

4. Back Arm & Blackcharge (Live)

5. The Night Becomes You (Live)

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Track List: :rarum IX - Selected Recordings

1. Bright Size Life

2. Phase Dance

3. New Chautauqua

4. Airstream

5. Every Day (I Thank You)

6. It's For You

7. Are You Going With Me?

8. The First Circle

9. Lonely Woman

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Track List: In All We See (Radio Single)

1. In All We See

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Track List: One Quiet Night

1. One Quiet Night

2. Song For The Boys

3. Don't Know Why

4. Another Chance

5. Time Goes On

6. My Song

7. Peace Memory

8. Ferry Cross The Mersey

9. Over On 4th Street

10. I Will Find The Way

11. North To South, East To West

12. Last Train Home

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Track List: Imaginary Day

1. Imaginary Day

2. Follow Me

3. Into The Dream

4. A Story Within The Story

5. The Heat Of The Day

6. Across The Sky

7. The Roots Of Coincidence

8. Too Soon Tomorrow

9. The Awakening

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Track List: We Live Here

1. Here To Stay

2. And Then I Knew

3. The Girls Next Door

4. To The End Of The World

5. We Live Here

6. Episode D'azur

7. Something To Remind You

8. Red Sky

9. Stranger In Town

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Track List: The Road To You

1. Have You Heard (Live)

2. First Circle (Live)

3. The Road To You (Live)

4. Half Life Of Absolution (Live)

5. Last Train Home (LIve)

6. Better Days Ahead (Live)

7. Naked Moon (LIve)

8. Beat 70 (LIve)

9. Letter From Home (Live)

10. Third Wind (Live)

11. Solo From "More Travels" (LIve)

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Track List: Secret Story

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Track List: Letter From Home

1. Have You Heard

2. Every Summer Night

3. Better Days Ahead

4. Spring Ain't Here

5. 45-8

6. 5-5-7

7. Beat 70

8. Dream Of The Return

9. Are We There Yet

10. Vidala

11. Slip Away

12. Letter From Home

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Track List: Still Life (Talking)

1. Minuano (Six Eight)

2. So May It Secretly Begin

3. Last Train Home

4. (It's Just) Talk

5. Third Wind

6. Distance

7. In Her Family

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Track List: Rejoicing

1. Lonely Woman

2. Tears Inside

3. Humpty Dumpty

4. Blues For Pat

5. Rejoicing

6. Story From A Stranger

7. The Calling

8. Waiting For An Answer

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Track List: First Circle

1. Forward March

2. Yolanda, You Learn

3. The First Circle

4. If I Could

5. Tell It All

6. End Of The Game

7. Mas Alla (Beyond)

8. Praise

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Track List: Travels (Live)

Disc 1

1. Are You Going With Me? (Live)

2. The Fields, The Sky (Live)

3. Goodbye (Live)

4. Phase Dance (Live)

5. Straight On Red (Live)

6. Farmer's Trust (Live)

Disc 2

1. Extradition (Live)

2. Goin' Ahead / As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Live)

3. Travels (Live)

4. Song For Bilbao (Live)

5. San Lorenzo (Live)

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Track List: Offramp

1. Barcarole

2. Are You Going With Me?

3. Au Lait

4. Eighteen

5. Offramp

6. James

7. The Bat Part II

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Track List: 80/81

Disc 1

1. Two Folk Songs (live)

2. 80/81 (live)

3. The Bat

4. Turnaround (live)

Disc 2

1. Open

2. Pretty Scattered

3. Every Day (I Thank You)

4. Goin' Ahead

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Track List: American Garage

1. (Cross The) Heartland

2. Airstream

3. The Search

4. American Garage

5. The Epic

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Track List: American Garage

1. (Cross The) Heartland

2. Airstream

3. The Search

4. American Garage

5. The Epic

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Track List: New Chautauqua

1. New Chautauqua

2. Country Poem

3. Long Ago Child / Fallen Star

4. Hermitage

5. Sueno Con Mexico

6. Daybreak

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Track List: Watercolors

1. Watercolors

2. Icefire

3. Oasis

4. Lakes

5. River Quay

6. Florida Greeting Song

7. Legend Of The Fountain

8. Sea Song

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Track List: Bright Size Life

1. Bright Size Life

2. Sirabhorn

3. Unity Village

4. Missouri Uncompromised

5. Midwestern Nights Dream

6. Unquity Road

7. Omaha Celebration

8. Round Trip / Broadway Blues

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philippepelu s o
Every time I hear the track it's for you I think of Hope and of the Human Rights Activists around the World that defend the oppressed and the exploited... .
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Pat Metheny has definitely earned his spot among the Big Three guitarists.
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philippepelu s o
total nirvana and masterful execution... . what a dream.....!! it's hard to find a guitarist of that caliber....
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Just saw Pat Metheny at The Egg in Albany; he put on a few pounds but was as fast as ever. Still can never tell with his improvisatio n s where he'll go next. I guess you don't win 20 Grammys for nothing. Props to Gwilym Simcock, who was simply brilliant on the piano. Having said that, he can drift into elevator music--I'm talking to you, 'Last Train Home.'
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dan8263
By far one the best Jazz artists out there! His style and music are classic. I first heard him when I was 12 years old back in the mid to late 70's on a program called ZooM' out of Boston Mass. Fat forward 10 years later i was turned onto Bright Sized Life and haven't stopped listening to him. My favorite is Pat Metheny Group white cover / 2nd album made. I listen to it everyday and that is no exaggeration .
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I got hip to Pat, Back in the 80s when I was in high school.
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Always enjoyed his music.
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page.crow
We grew up with Pat & Mike, Lee's Summit, MO & Unity Village. Local church kid made good. Way to go, Pat! :-)
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Pat & Lyle have a compositiona l chemistry that is unique: First Circle is my favorite
Many yeas ago, inspired by Pat, I bought a Gibson ES-175 -- but somehow I could not make it sound like him ;o)
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Can't imagine life without his music.
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Helped me out of a jam years ago... still magnificent!
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Love Pat. This is one of this best. Could listen to his music all day.
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Although the bio is quite extensive, I am slightly surprised that it doesn't mention two of his greatest live recordings: the 1983 Grammy award-winnin g Travels release under the Pat Metheny Group banner and as a sideman on Joni Mitchell's classic Shadows and Light teaming him back up with Jaco Pastorius, along with Lyle Mays, Michael Brecker and Don Alias.
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Pat Metheny is just plain awesome.
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toridickerso n
Yeeesssss!
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tmorg40
No doubt one of the innovators of any genre of modern music! Pat's music is unmistakingl y identifiable ! No one comes even close to the genius of Pat Metheny's sound ! I'm going to see him in Atlanta,,Jan u a r y 2017.!!!!
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kdpflugrad
One of the best artists of all time. I love all his stuff
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Soaring is the best way to describe his music! Like taking flight. Exciting and breathless!
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Pat is so inspiring, Beauty, relevance to the individual spirit, uplifting!! Yes!
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As good as it gets!!!
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Lol...All the similar artists have his name in them. You can't get much more original than that.
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kdpflugrad
First learned of Pat Metheny from the movie. The Falcon and the Snowman
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When I hear Here to Stay I think April 19, 1995 at 9:02am. I was grooving going to work in OKC. Accerlating onto the freeway jammin to his solo when the car shook, the tape became garbled (yes I'm dating myself) and took a few seconds to play normally. Of course that was the exact moment of the OKC Bombing. That blast permanently ruined the tape. I still played it with the garble everyday for years. Pat Metheny is an of artists that can play whatever style he wants; I will always be a fan.
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Saw him and Ron Carter this spring in my home town of Newton. Had the audience in the palms of their hands. Pure pleasure.
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Wasn't he also part of Joni Mitchel's Miles of Isles for several of his earlier years??
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John hess from l.a. is hooked on p.m. surfs up all the way.
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bethanybona TMI
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Already got my ticket for Atlanta '17!
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My husband and I love Pat Metheny. It's our baby making Music♥️
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I just love this group. Have seen them twice in Santa Fe. I just love the piano of Lyle Mays. The guitar of Pat. Such a great combo. I wish they still played together.
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Listening to Letter From Home. Something about this arrangement that takes me back to a peaceful place in my mind. I find it very soothing. Metheny is so versatile in bringing art to his music.
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scott_ries
I saw him with his original group in 1980 while at FSU- great show, and it made me realize that my own guitar would be more useful as firewood. His band (particularl y Mays and he) seemed like there was nothing they would rather be doing than playing for us.
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hurtelectric
The Pat Matheny Group is one the best concerts that I've seen! Hands down.
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Of all the acolauds, it was not mentioned that Metheny, Mays, And David Bowie scored the soundtrack to the movie Falcon and The Snowman. Still one of my favorite movies.
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1st Saw Pat&Lyle @" The Mayor's House" in Dallas(1976) for an incredible 5$ ! Their
Love radiated thru us;Every time We heard he was gonna be there,we got down there as quick as we could to experience them
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felmachris
My favorite all time jazz/fusion guitarist of all time. Love his work as Pat Metheny group and Lyle Mays.
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Why does Pandora overuse these - One of the most- In many ways - at the beginning of nearly each artist description?
Such as in the case of Pat Metheny’s introduction where he is claimed to be - One of the most original
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Why does Pandora overuse these - One of the mostor In many ways - at the beginning of nearly each artist description?
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There's no mistaking Pat's sound. You know him when you hear him and you love him. He's a keeper.
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ebouler3
Luv dis song, really sets da tone 4 a relaxed evening. O yeah...... Get ur sicciors ready cuz 2nite da Tarheels gonna cut down da nets!! Go heels!!
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I like what I am hearing!
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First circle a masterpiece
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afti7
Yeah what Bob said lol.
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The band plays with so much love and joy that inspires me to be...the beauty of the sounds transcend all negative energy my Brain and body gets nurtured energized wants to be in nature all my senses are ehanced and my emotional intelligence transforms thanks Pat and Lyle for your keys to my bliss of freedom
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Talent!!!
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melnstev1997 3
I own about 500 classic rock cd's and about 500 jazz cd's and about 200 classical cd's. Pat Metheny is my most favorite artist. His best song ever, by far, is San Lorenzo which also has Lyle Mays playing piano. The song is extented lenghth. I've played this tune more than 1,000 times in the past 35 years--every time it is played it is uterly peaceful and refreshing. It is the greatest tune ever composed. This tune literally could be enjoyed forevery
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A wonderfully talented musician & absolutely one of my personal favorite guitarists, the one & only Pat Metheny & his marvelous landscapes of sound!
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"Still can't get over how well his music puts my mind,right on track." "Absolutely brilliant!"
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Compared to whom..A #1...Incredi b l e every song!!!!!
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