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Weather Report [Original recording remastered]

Weather ReportAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 27, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002868
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Weather Report's 1971 debut album defined the spirit of fusion--restlessly creative, eager to explore new sonic landscapes, and aware that there was a new audience out there eager to share in the discoveries. It's no accident that four of the five original band members--keyboardist Joe Zawinul, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Miroslav Vitous, and percussionist Airto Moriera--had played with the godfather of fusion, Miles Davis. Drummer Alphonse Mouzon brought a tireless propulsive force into the mix. The short, densely-written pieces on this record were like blueprints for a band that would expand on them in live performance. --John Swenson

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their debut, a classic of early fusion April 3, 2001
By G B
Format:Audio CD
In the beginning, Weather Report was a cooperative. Composition duties were split between the three leaders (Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Miroslav Vitous) and in performance, each of the 5 musicians was an equal participant. This album, from 1971, is exemplary of this approach. Though informed by Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, the rhythms are much looser and the music is more playful. (There's also quite a bit of 60s post-bop in "Eurydice" and a few of the other tunes.) Most of the compositions are simple, relying on the sophisticated interplay of the group to generate excitement. There's also one genuine classic, Zawinul's gorgeous "Orange Lady" (another less successful version is available on Miles Davis's album Big Fun). Zawinul's keyboard set-up is limited to just electric and acoustic piano, but he produces an incredible range of sounds -- just listen to the spaced out "Milky Way", which could have been an outtake from the first two or three Tangerine Dream albums. Unlike later efforts, Wayne Shorter plays a lot of (soprano) saxophone here. Fans of Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way should definitely pick up this classic fusion recording.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their debut, a classic of early fusion October 24, 2009
By G B
Format:Audio CD
In the beginning, Weather Report was a cooperative. Composition duties were split between the three leaders (Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Miroslav Vitous) and in performance, each of the 5 musicians was an equal participant. This album, from 1971, is exemplary of this approach. Though informed by Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, the rhythms are much looser and the music is more playful. (There's also quite a bit of 60s post-bop in "Eurydice" and a few of the other tunes.) Most of the compositions are simple, relying on the sophisticated interplay of the group to generate excitement. There's also one genuine classic, Zawinul's gorgeous "Orange Lady" (another less successful version is available on Miles Davis's album Big Fun). Zawinul's keyboard set-up is limited to just electric and acoustic piano, but he produces an incredible range of sounds -- just listen to the spaced out "Milky Way", which could have been an outtake from the first two or three Tangerine Dream albums. Unlike later efforts, Wayne Shorter plays a lot of (soprano) saxophone here. Fans of Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way should definitely pick up this classic fusion recording.

(This review is based on the 1992 CD reissue; I do not know what the 2009 version sounds like.)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album, beautiful and thoughtful. It does not have the rocking or funky elements of later Weather Report. It is a brilliant achievement and rewards intense and repeated listening.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but not quite emotionally gripping March 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul left the Miles Davis fold to start their own group, soon to be known as Weather Report. This is their debut album with bassist Miroslav Vitous, drummer Alphonse Mouzon, and percussionist Airto Moreira. With so many of the musicians coming out of Miles's early electric period, one would expect more of the same funk and fire coming out of the trumpeter's recordings and performances at the time, especially since Shorter and Zawinul were probably the two most prominent in terms of shaping Miles's music compositionally. But instead of the spontaneous energy and rawness of Davis's electric music (which is definitely an acquired taste), this album delivers more of a studio production, although not to the level that their subsequent recordings would. The different tunes are more like sketches than long funky jams, though they do continue the tradition of electronic sounds. They explore new sonic territories in a relatively laid-back fashion, and thus the result is like "In A Silent Way" or even more like "Filles de Kilimanjaro" than "Bitches Brew" or anything Miles was doing at this point. But this album takes it a step farther, like on "Milky Way," the product of recording echos from an acoustic piano that form a remarkably coherent yet far-out piece of music.

When this album was first released, it was critically acclaimed to be brilliant (Shorter and Zawinul are two of jazz's greatest geniuses) but somewhat cold in comparison to Miles's recordings on which the present leaders had played. That criticism stands up today; I listen to this album once in a while when I'm in a strange mood and find myself very interested in the experiments but not particularly emotionally affected.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Inspiring, Utterly Unique October 26, 2000
By kamus
Format:Audio CD
One of the best fruits of the post electric Miles band. The level of group interaction and improvisation combined with unique electric/acoustic textures makes this a must-have for any serious jazz collection. This album opened areas of exploration that have remained practically unexploited to this day. Standout among the entire brilliant collection of compositions is Joe Zawinul's "Orange Lady" a soulful journey through sounds and emotions that are deeply familiar and strange at the same time. Music at its highest level!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut May 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with some of the other reviewers in stating that the best Weather Report recordings were during the Miroslav Vitous years. The debut album along with 'I Sing The Body Electric' are, for me, the best of the Weather Report recording efforts. After the passage of all these years (better than 30) I still find its sound to be bold and original. This is fusion where the emphasis leans towards the jazz side of the marriage. Perhaps because the fusion genre was so new and its core memebrs were fresh out of the master's (Miles Davis) house. What ever the reason its a great album and a 'must have'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Jazz Group
love weather report.. i listened to them while a high school freshman and was hooked ever since. Wayne Shorter is classic
Published 8 months ago by Gregory L. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Weather Report as I Remember!
I bought the Weather Report album on vinyl when it was first released. When my old turntable died several years ago, I got rid of all of my old albums. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lee Online
4.0 out of 5 stars great
always love WR no matter what they do so this is just another great representation from one of the milestone bands of our time
Published 13 months ago by B. Priest
5.0 out of 5 stars the best "fusion" group ever!
of course I have this on vinyl, but I had to get the cd at a great price to load to my ipod.
Published 15 months ago by Boss Hog
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This was a gift and was and it was very very much appreciated by the person who received the CD
Published 16 months ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
THere is nothing more enjoyable than Weather Report.
Original group that improvises-- absolutely polyphonic heaven
The first fusion supergroup-- Just wonderful listening... Read more
Published 16 months ago by joseph feliciano
3.0 out of 5 stars Aspires to what Bitches Brew is
I think that other reviewers here who use words like "thoughtful" are on the mark. This isn't jazz or fusion music that most of us could conceivably play in our car, or use as... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Scott McFarland
3.0 out of 5 stars hmmm, puzzling debut
The Weather Report is a fantastic jazz band. If you've heard their entire discography (or at least, the classic mid to late 70's stuff when they reached the height of their... Read more
Published on July 26, 2012 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Still crazy after all these years
I am enjoying this CD now as much as when I got the LP when it was new way back when. Pretty close to timeless.
Published on June 15, 2012 by Roy Kallman
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of the Supergroup
With as much anticipation as rock fans had several years before for Blind Faith, the jazz scene was highly anticipating the debut of the supergroup Weather Report. Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by Best Of All
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