Letter from Home (album)

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Letter from Home
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 29, 1989 (June 29, 1989)
RecordedSpring 1989
Studio The Power Station, New York City
Genre Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, crossover jazz
Label Geffen
Producer Pat Metheny
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Letter from Home is an album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 1989 by Geffen Records. In 1990, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. It was certified gold by the RIAA on July 23, 1998. [2]


The album marked the return of Pedro Aznar, who became a member of the Group on the album First Circle . It also featured a reemphasis on increased instrumental diversity and was a huge commercial success, comfortably making the Top 200 album chart at Billboard magazine. "Slip Away" was, as Metheny put it, "extraordinarily successful, one of the most successful individual tunes that we've ever made." He said that it contains an ideal melodic durability.

Track listing

All tracks written by Pat Metheny except where noted.

Side one:
1."Have You Heard"6:25
2."Every Summer Night"7:13
3."Better Days Ahead"3:02
4."Spring Ain't Here"6:55
5."45/8" (Metheny/Mays)0:56
6."5-5-7" (Metheny/Mays)7:54
Total length:31:05
Side two:
1."Beat 70" (Metheny/Mays)4:53
2."Dream of the Return" (Spanish lyrics by Pedro Aznar)5:25
3."Are We There Yet" (Mays)7:55
4."Vidala" (Pedro Aznar)3:04
5."Slip Away"5:24
6."Letter from Home"2:33
Total length:27:94



USA (RIAA)Gold500,000+


Grammy Awards

1989Pat Metheny GroupLetter From Home Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance


  1. Henderson, Alex (2011). "Letter from Home - Pat Metheny Group | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 19 May 2017.