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Mysterious Traveller [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Weather ReportAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000066T3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A quarter-century on, Weather Report's music has dated in a way that Miles Davis's best fusion efforts (including last year's newly unearthed Live at the Fillmore East) haven't. That's especially true of the albums the band made beginning with Mysterious Traveller (1974), at which point the group began looking more to technological advances to further their sound, rather drawing from than the creative brain trust of keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Shorter largely fades into the background here, as Zawinul tests out his battery of Arps and Moogs and Echoplex-equipped electric piano against a busy battery of percussionists. Still, there's a lot of good music on the album, which has been reissued as was--without any added material. "Blackthorn Rose" is a piano (and melodica) and soprano sax duet of lovesome beauty, while the phase-shifting "Nubian Sundance" generates excitement through its orchestrated effects, complex rhythmic scheme, and simulated crowd explosions. New to the ever-evolving Weather Report is bassist Alphonso Johnson, who lends a funkier and more musical touch than his sacked (and highly overrated) predecessor, Miroslav Vitous. --Lloyd Sachs

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weather Report�s greatest album May 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Following their previous breakthrough album ( "SWEETNIGHTER"), which established the "Weather Report sound", "MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER" (1974) contains a number of interesting compositions that give the recording the feeling (if not the formal unity) of a "suite", an extended journey through varying musical landscapes. Even more than in prior albums, individual improvisation is eschewed in favor of an "orchestral" and textural approach, an aspect of style distinguishing Weather Report from the Mahavishnu Orchestra ( the other great fusion band of the era ).
The adoption and elaboration of funky rhythm & blues "grooves" (a la Curtis Mayfield, et al ) was a vitally important ingredient that lent the music a propulsion and flow analogous to the bop swing feel that had for decades characterized jazz rhythm. To be sure, Weather Report was not the first band to do this; what set them apart was the absolutely seamless manner in which they integrated R&B grooves, achieving an authentic fluency that allowed them to break free from the reigning "rhythmic paradigm" while simultaneously retaining a connection to the older swing feel by virtue of shared (African) roots. Joe Zawinul used this dynamic rhythmic feel as an ideal foundation on which to construct elaborate electronic textures: in his hands, synthesizers were more than the self-indulgent and often hideous sounding toys that have given "fusion" music a bad name.
The opener ( "Nubian Sundance" ) is an extended ( 10 min ) piece reflecting the increasing importance of "world music". Multiple layers of synthesizers add density, with the female vocal backgrounds lending a deft touch to this particularly exuberant tune.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jazz classic, and first World Beat recording? January 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Most people would place Weather Report in the jazz category, rather than World Beat. But let me be different and argue that the international pedigree of this incarnation of Weather Report (Josef Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Alphonso Johnson, Dom Um Romao, Ishmael Wilburn and Miroslav Vitous) places it as World Beat years before its time, based on the rhythms, percussions and harmonies of this masterwork.
Mysterious Traveller displays a world flavor on the tracks "Nubian Sundance" and "Jungle Book," but the strongest track has to be the title one -- indeed, its echoing electric piano and impatient percussion and surging patterns are as mysterious as a streaking otherwordly comet, as shown on the lovely cover art.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews, 21 now for the 21st century? July 9, 2004
By Peppino
Format:Audio CD
When this many words written, I suppose a different type of "information" should be dispensed, no?
First thought, as I am getting "up in the years", I owned this recording when first issues, and decided to purchase the CD as the nice "discount price" enticed me to put out the $$ and I grabbed it !
Possibly, the most interesting(?)perspective I can give upon revisiting a recording, one that I somehow neglected for years, this is the "trunk of the tree" (one species specific) the "Weather Report Sound" seemed to fianlly congeal.
Weather Report soon became "W.R .featuring the legend Jaco Pastorius", I do not think I need elaborate. this recording introduced the new fase, "before jaco" it might be said.
Jaco's legend no doubt will inspire into "eternity" (I hope his sounds are heard on those angelic clouds promised by that great "sky-god" religion),
and a nice listen to this recording will surely display that Jaco's own compositional growth later on in his career was surely "officially stamped" by one Josef Zawinul, whose harmonic and ritmic concept Jaco certainly devoured voraciosly.
I enjoy this recording even more than I remember , as it is still steeped in the Wayne Shorter "post-Miles" tradition,(there is still Shorter on tenor, where I LOVE Wayne's playing the best. Soprano sax STILL does not stick with me the way WS's muscular tenor does), along with the inventiveness of Mr Zawinul previously described,
and for my taste, the addition of the (still alive and kicking)legend from Brasil, Dom Um Romão on percussions.
Alfonso Johnson's bassistic approach remains relative "underappreciated" since he , like Miroslav Vitous , PRECEEDED a legend in Jaco. AJ keeps the groove percolating, his solo style sofisticated, but very understated and tasteful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant music October 25, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This record is appropriately titled, because the music suggests far-off, indistinct lands. "Soundscapes" is a good term to use for the songs. This record contains some of Shorter's best playing, along with his "Native Dancer" release. Mysterious Traveller is less commercial than "Heavy Weather" and impossible to categorize, which is precisely what keeps it so fresh. This is definitely one of the staples in my music collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative musical direction ahead of its time November 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
20+ years later the surging dynamics and mellow thunder still haunts me when I listen to this album. I was first turned on to Fusion Jazz three years after my first set of drums, since then I have graduated into piano and now assist my three children master thier various instruments. And one of the Key groups I have them listen to is Weather Report. I get the "aw dad" all the time. But my eldest kinda likes it. Thanks Weather Report. Your music has been a long-time freind. A reunion would be a blessing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Music
Great magical music from the 70's!! Great recording and mix! Love Jazz and New Age combined, you will love this!!
Published 17 days ago by Tom Lucas
4.0 out of 5 stars Fusion masterpiece
Saxophonist Wayne Shorter played for Miles Davis for a decade, composing some of the best pieces the Davis bands played between 1965 and 1971. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Walter H. Combs
4.0 out of 5 stars Nubian Sundance, Where have you been?
I've been a Weather Report fan since the 70's. Had the album, yes I'm old, and lost it, never replaced it. Bought it again and remembered how great it was.
Published 10 months ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Weather Report, best Zawinul, and best album of all time
I am a life-long musician of 54 years. I have been listening to great classical, jazz, world, rock, and other musics all my life, and have a huge collection of records, tapes, CDs... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gonga
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I almost forgot how wonderful this alblum is.
I decided to update my old wax collection with today's technology. I remembered this alblum, but I didn't remember how awsome it was until I listened to it yesterday when it... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sunceria Lovelace
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
any thing weather report does is great to me and this album did not let me down. I am a weather report follower from the 1970's.
Published 14 months ago by Jeffrey Sykes
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Combination of Styles
Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter's interest in composition and musical cross-pollination meet Alphonso Johnson's solid as a rock bass here ... and some magic happens. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Scott McFarland
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Weather Report
I owned this on LP and 8 Track back in the day. This came out while I was working in a record store and my boss who was a jazz fan opened a copy and put it on and I snapped it up... Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Lloyd Sachs "editorial" review is laughable (I did).
Who the frack is Lloyd Sachs? Did he have the same record in it's sleeve that the rest of us have?
This is a monumental piece of creativity.. Read more
Published on September 30, 2011 by Ricky
5.0 out of 5 stars travelling far and beyond
I feel really angry. You see, I went through a heavy jazz/fusion phase three years ago when I discovered the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever, yet somehow, I completely... Read more
Published on December 17, 2010 by B. E Jackson
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