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Weather ReportAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 28, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029FR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Market
2. Teen Town
3. A Remark You Made
4. Slang
5. In A Silent Way
6. Birdland
7. Thanks For The Memory
8. Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz Medley
9. 8:30
10. Brown Street
11. The Orphan
12. Sightseeing

Editorial Reviews

These live recordings offer an honest, well-rounded perspective of the Weather Report experience, and Joe Zawinul's relative prominence as their coleader and composer, circa 1979. On an arrangement such as "Brown Street," it's clear that Zawinul's vision of electronics was based in great part on his Austrian folk roots and in the varied native musics of South America, Africa, and the greater global village. This edition of Weather Report, featuring former big band drummer Peter Erskine and fretless bass innovator Jaco Pastorius, offered Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter a stable environment in which to fashion a group sound, although by this time, as witnessed by his solo turn on "Slang" and his prominence on every chart, Pastorius had attained cult status based in equal parts on his impeccable musicianship and his sometimes over-the-top flamboyance. Yet for all their forays into funk and the Third World, Weather Report remained at its core the most jazz oriented of all fusion bands. 8:30 is notable for the dancing, syncopated lines of Shorter's composition "Sightseeing," in which the composer lets it all hang out in a virtuoso turn on tenor saxophone that proves that the rumors of his creative demise were grossly exaggerated. --Chip Stern

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Fusion Album Ever June 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Best heard loud. The only thing wrong with this recording is that it isn't substantially longer. Erskine and Jaco form a disciplined and enormously powerful rhythm section that Zawinul and Shorter ride like a thousand foot wave. Scarlet Woman is expertly treated with sci-fi sound effects, from rocket launch to space accident. Teentown is, frankly, overcooked and scattered. A Remark You Made is really beautifully performed. Slang showcases Jaco and his digital delay (incredible that this wall of sound could be performed live by one man). But the real highlight is Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz. It features Jaco's frenetic bass licks, frenzied drumming and almost wobbles entirely out of control until a huge close decays into the sound of a train. The audience is hugely enthusiastic, which makes this a very good listen. The studio tracks are interesting (exception: The Orphan), particularly 8:30, which features Jaco on drums(!). This should be reissued in a box set with bonus tracks. Twenty years after it was issued, it's still the best live fusion album ever made, and an important document of the incredible musical phenomenon that was Weather Report.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weather Report.... June 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I saw Weather Report in London at the Hammersmith Odeon on the tour from which this was made, though I have no way of knowing whether any of the recordings came from that concert. '8:30' is a pretty accurate souvenir of those concerts, with all their histrionics, sound effects and solo spots. (Somehow Jaco's bass solo, which normally exceeded 20 minutes, is kept to under five here.) Pete Erskine does a grand job on drums, but this album cannot convey the disappointment that, in order to get Erskine, we lost TWO percussionists. I know nothing about drumming, and for all I know Acuna and Badrena may have been just merely good at their craft. But they brought a wonderful spirit to Weather Report concerts -- sometimes competitive, sometimes collaborative, but always energetic and in good humour. With no percussionists from Latin America, the new four-man band was very much the first-world Weather Report; save Shorter, it was white men playing jazz.
As other reviewers have said, it was a mistake by Sony to remove one track from the CBS double album to squeeze it onto one CD, particularly as it is my favourite, if not the best track. 'Scarlet Woman' had a wonderful spacey intro, a brand new riff from Jaco replacing the Al Johnson lick, one of the biggest decibel ranges between the loud and quiet passages, and a bizarre sotto voce sound-effect ending. But there's no point in my telling you that. You get all the rest of the tracks from the original album, all of which are good, even if few are marvellous. But, if given the choice, I would prefer to listen to the studio version of every track here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just listen to this one track December 9, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
If I had to choose which WR album I most like, it would be somewhere between Heavy Weather or Mysterious Traveller. It's simply hard to pick up one favourite. BUt if I were asked which tune is the ultimate WR tune, I definitely would choose BADIA/BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ Medley from 8:30. This track epitomized everything that WR was all about. This track, a monstrous live version, shows all corners of WR's ideology: space, catchable 'tune', catchable 'hook', improvising and monstrous power between Jaco and Erskine....this song should be the ultimate introduction to Weather Report. I only wished that the drums were more mixed to the front (especially the snare drums)...but let's not forget the great other classics on this live record: Slang (Jaco's solo), Black Market and of course, Birdland.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This dynamic album (available in either one- or two-disc format, the latter with one extra song) showcases Weather Report in their prime lineup, the Big Three (Jaco Pastorius, Joe Zawinul, and Wayne Shorter) plus then-new drummer Peter Erskine. The tunes from "Heavy Weather" (1977) are the best ones presented here, only with even more authenticity and feel: from the upbeat, extended grooves of "Black Market" and "Teen Town" to the excruciatingly honest, soul-searching theme of "A Remark You Made". Jaco's bass solo, "Slang", highlights both his showmanship and the crowd's roaring approval. When Jaco turns up the distortion, he's as heavy as any metal axeman, and yet still grooved into the loop he's laid down with his delay pedal. The trimphant "Birdland" is another favorite, with Jaco's false harmonics imitating a guitar convincingly. Properly described by Zawinul as a "fearsome foursome", this lineup of Weather Report, especially in a live setting, was its best ever -- and for a band like this, that ought to tell you something.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITIVE ***COMPLETE*** AUDIO VERSION September 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
NOTE: The Amazon tracklist above is incorrect. This is the complete, TWO DISC set of the original 13-track double-LP album (as evidenced by the CD's catalog number SICP-1247/48), and properly restores "Scarlet Woman" to the album (edited off all domestic releases to allow a single CD release). The correct tracklist for this set is:

Disc: 1
1. Black Market
2. Scarlet Woman
3. Teen Town
4. Remark You Made
5. Slang (Bass Solo)
6. In a Silent Way
Disc: 2
1. Birdland
2. Thanks for the Memory [Tenor Sax Solo]
3. Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz Medley
4. 8:30
5. Brown Street
6. Orphan
7. Sightseeing

In 2007, the main 16 Weather Report Columbia titles were re-released in Japan with new DSD remastering in mini-sleeve format. From an audio quality standpoint, the DSD versions now supercede all the earlier standard-CD-audio U.S. releases (some of the WR catalog are available as SACD's).

So far, the WR DSD catalog is only available in mini-sleeve format, and all `sleeves are limited edition. If it is your desire to own the latest/greatest audio, then don't delay in picking these up, although it is always possible that Sony Japan will release them again as less expensive jewel case editions somewhere down the road. However, for the true WR fan and vinyl nut, it's great to have the wonderful mini-LP replicas of the original LP covers!

I wanted to provide links for each 2007 `sleeve edition, but unfortunately, Amazon only allows 10 per review. But, by linking to the 2007 DSD remaster of the first
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Disc
The music and recording are first rate! I picked this CD up at the Goodwill and I'm glad I did. Mine is an older issue but it sounds stellar!
Published 8 months ago by Eric Dahlbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars WR Live
A great slice of what the 1978 version of WR w/ Jaco & Erskine was like. Wayne & Zawinul are in rare form.
Published 14 months ago by Rob Scheps
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Weater Report? Buy This
I absolutely love this album. Have been listening to this album for years and finally got around to getting the CD, One song (forget which at the moment) was left off to make it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr B
5.0 out of 5 stars For Somebody To Get Merry With
A nice present is this Weather Report album, "8:30". It was recorded in 1979 live, first a double
record album. It's been so long since I heard vinyl. Read more
Published 21 months ago by souther0257
5.0 out of 5 stars My first exposure to jazz
I just wanted to say that the live performance of "A Remark You Made" in this album brings tears to my eyes...literally. Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Tomas
4.0 out of 5 stars If There's Music in Heaven Their Playing Birdland
This is a slimmed down version of the original double LP and it is worth the price. It starts with a well played version of "Black Market" with Wayne shining. Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Hornell Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars real weather report
I really enjoy this cd is a very good recording,I prefer live recordings, and the selections of tracks are very good.
Published on March 31, 2011 by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing
I have always enjoyed this cd. From the opening Black Market the energy is easily felt. Everyone is playing really well. Read more
Published on February 4, 2010 by Lumpy Gravy
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album...period!
Not everyone might agree with me but I love this album. With the exception of "The Orphan", this could easily pass for a "Greatest Hits Live" album. Read more
Published on October 29, 2009 by Michael G. Hoelen
4.0 out of 5 stars No No No ! Don't settle for this "abridged" version..get the rill dill...
Joe Zawinul, the late founder and keyboardist for WR, said this was WR at it's peak. The band went through a long series of lineup and musical alterations, but it's hard to believe... Read more
Published on April 29, 2009 by Misha Bendavid
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