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The Columbia Albums 1976-1982 Box set, Limited Edition


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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B006NYDV7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rarely has an individual player so radically transformed an already established band as Jaco Pastorius (1951-1987) did upon joining Weather Report in 1976. Not only did the electric bassist set a new direction for the band, leading it to unprecedented commercial success, he also rewrote the rules for his instrument. Long after his tragic death, Pastorius remains the single most influential electric bassist, his virtuosic, daring, and eminently funky playing still a model for countless instrumentalists. His work with Weather Report is among the very finest of his truncated career.

With co-founders Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter at the helm, Weather Report had already positioned itself as one of the leading fusion ensembles of the era. Yet when the brash young -- and practically unknown -- bassist elbowed his way into the band, he very quickly injected an energy and infectious rhythmic feel that solidified the various musical directions the band had been investigating. The bassist's amalgamation of jazz, R&B, and world music influences lent an irresistible spice to the Weather Report brew.

Pastorius's startling playing, both wildly frenetic and deeply lyrical, enlivened such Weather Report gems as "Birdland" and "A Remark You Made," two signature masterpieces from the 1977 hit album, Heavy Weather. A distinctive composer as well as a master player, Pastorius also penned such Weather Report favorites as "Teen Town", "Punk Jazz," and the lauded "Three Views of a Secret."

8:30, the Grammy-winning 1979 live album, may best capture both the brute force and the instrumental reach of this ambitious band. Zawinul's keyboard outings, Shorter's evocative saxophone swirls, Peter Erskine's striking drumming, and the bassist s dazzling explorations (exemplified by the momentous solo feature, "Slang," which interpolates his "Portrait of Tracy," a highlight of Pastorius's first solo album) were mighty examples of a peak-era fusion outfit. It may be a long while before we encounter the likes of a musical unit such as Weather Report, or an audaciously brilliant player akin to Pastorius, again.

The Columbia Albums Collection (6 CDs):
1. Black Market (1976)
2. Heavy Weather (1977)
3. Mr. Gone (1978)
4. 8:30 (1979)
5. Night Passage (1980)
6. Weather Report (1982)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LaFoot on July 26, 2012
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Well o.k., if you're a Weather Report fan and have all or most of these albums, maybe you don't need this.
If however, you're a fan like me, who had all of the albums on vinyl, and was lazy about picking up the cd's
or, if you are new to Weather Report (and if you are, BOY are you in for a treat!) you should have this set. Here's why.
First of all, an answer to the big question. 8:30 is complete. It's on one disc, but all 13 tracks are there, including
SCARLET WOMAN, and packaged in the original double sleeve.
Also, there are 12 bonus live tracks spread over four of the six albums. No extra tracks on 8:30, but having SCARLET WOMAN back
is bonus enough, and no extra tracks on the last album, WEATHER REPORT. Nine of the extra tracks are from the set LIVE AND UNRELEASED (all of the tracks with Jaco on that set are here) and three are from the Havana Jam concerts, two of which have never been released before. The tracks on each disc compliment the album they are on.
Sound quality is excellent as far as I am concerned. If you want to hunt down import copies that may sound better, or hold out for something
that may never come, be my guest. This is a great set, and well worth the money. Great tunes, great Jaco, and a last taste of Alphonso Johnson.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shakti on June 16, 2012
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When I first heard that "Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1976-1982" and it's companion box set, "Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1971-1975", had been recently remastered I expected the sound to be nothing less than breath-taking as they were mastered by Mark Wilder, who had done the DSD Mastering for the 2007 Japan HQD mini-LP editions of the Weather Report catalog.

From the PolkAudio Forum, [...], "HQCD (HiQualityCD) format achieves high quality audio through the use of a polycarbonate plastic with improved transparency derived from LCD display manufacturing technologies enabling more accurate reading of the CD data. In addition, a special alloy is used as the material of the reflective layer instead of the standard aluminum. HQCD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players."

I have copies of the DSD-HQD versions of Black Market and Mysterious Traveller and they sound fantastic and expected the new Columbia Albums box set to be the equal or better of the these discs especially as the Columbia/Legacy editions of Black Market and Heavy Weather were great.

Well, sonically, the "Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1976-1982" set is good and a bargain at the price, but the dynamic range and clarity of the DSD-HQD versions would have enhaced this set even at a higher price.

A major problem I have with this set is the packaging which is decidedly low end. The clam-shell box is dull and uninspired and Legacy's attempt at the individulal CD's mini-LP covers are poorly constructed with poor color reproduction. The booklet is black and white except for a dull color front and contains only a page and a half of notes and track and recording notes that could have been incorporated into gate-fold (higher production value) mini-LP covers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charl E Boy on November 17, 2013
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Having owned and wore out my vinyl version of Heavy Weather I know Palladium is cut off abruptly on the Box set version.
The Heavy Weather CD portion of this box set is a clone of the 1997 remaster which has the same problem.
Unforgivable in both instances.
If you want to hear the correct ending, you will need to purchase the 1990 Import CD (Best of Vol. 1)
The original 1997 remaster of Heavy Weather is not up to the quality of the later 2002 remasters of Mysterious Traveler, Tale Spinnin or Black Market. Tracks from the 1990 Import complilation CD (Best of Vol. 1) have better sound.
The box set Black Market CD is a clone of the 2002 remaster. 8:30 has improved sound over the 1994 version.
Although selected tracks on the other 3 CDs included in this box set use previous remastered version done for subsequent compilations, all tracks are now assembled here remastered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger R. Stoffel on November 25, 2014
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Re-mastered, excellent sounding, inexpensive Sony European Union box set of Weather Report's albums 6-12; albums 1, 2, 3, & 5 each have bonus tracks. Each disc is in a cardboard sleeve replica of the original album, all housed in a side-flip-open 5" W x 5 ¼ H x 1-1/8" thick box. Comes w/a 19 page highly informative booklet chock full of band & individual song info (such as personnel on each song, recording date), album chart info, etc. As a bonus for me, the volume playback level between discs is quite even, so I was able to make a consistent sounding playlist w/only the songs I like... and even better, the prior box set, "The Columbia Albums 1971-1975", are also of the same volume level, so buy that one too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By greg on October 2, 2013
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this box set has all the weather report music i was looking to replace my old cds with. the sound quality is great.!! highly reccomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2013
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Money well spent. All those albums for the price paid for, and the sound quality. Hard to pass this up.
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Weather Report is simply one of the most important groups from the 1970s. They had an impact on everyone and they got better as they went along hence my slightly higher rating for this set than the earlier compilation.
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