“Song For Bilbao”

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Travels is the Pat Metheny Group's first live album, released in 1983. It won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. The album consists of live material recorded in July, October, and November 1982, in Philadelphia, Dallas, Sacramento (California), Hartford (Connecticut), and Nacogdoches (Texas). The Group for this album consisted of Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Dan Gottlieb, and guest Nana Vasconcelos. Travels was recorded as part of the tour for the Group's studio album, Offramp, but also featured previously unrecorded and unreleased songs. In the liner notes for his ECM Rarum compilation album, Metheny expressed great love for the live rendition of "Are You Going With Me?" and appreciated the audience for whom it was played in Philadelphia. The track "Song for Bilbao," dedicated to audiences in Bilbao, Spain, was often played as an encore.