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VINE VOICEon July 4, 2013
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I'm a WR freak, was lucky enough to see them at the very beginning and in several incarnations, including twice with Jaco and Peter Erskine. I have the 2007 Japanese boxed set (which only goes thru Night Passage.) But up until now I had thought Weather Report's run pretty much ended with Night Passage. I stand corrected! And what's not to like? Strong compositions, great playing and decent sound. (2008 remaster.) This album seems like a logical extension of the worlds they were exploring in Night Passage. Perhaps not quite as distinctive compositionally, it still more than holds its own. And as other reviewers noted, when compared to a lot of today's poor rehashing of fusion, it really does hold up remarkably well. Great grooves, interesting twists and turns and harmonica surprises-I would say it has aged very well. I would recommend this album to anyone who loves the band. Inspired me to pick up Procession, which I think may hold similar delights, even of it's post Jaco/Erskine.
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on February 9, 2014
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Review based on Japanese pressing LP

I always had 5 Weather Report LPs from the mid to late 1970s but found the European Jazz Rock of that same time period to be more experimental & expressive. Now that I am writing in the 21st century Weather Report is becoming very refreshing that I am now collecting the LPs that are not in my collection. This 11th recording of 1982 for some strange reason is named after Weather Report's first LP which of coarse is also called "Weather Report". Little did they know back then what miracles the computer would do now: Tap the Vinyl button in this web section & the first recording comes up. Sure Genius! Normally I write about what LPs I collect in the vinyl section but here I have no choice. I found this Japanese pressing in one of those Record exchange places. This recording is very different from the 3 pervious Weather Report LPs. Black Market was the most Jazziest, Heavy Weather playing with making it big, while Mr Gone almost went main stream due to the Disco era. This Weather Report of 1982 is very robotic & stark. The free flowing days of Black Market are gone & almost everything becomes simplistic, yet still listenable. Maybe it's because I am also into Classical Minimalism & therefore the starkness doesn't upset me. I was very lucky finding this Japanese pressing & the age of the LP can't be heard: clean & true. Good luck in trying to get the LP version of this recording in the web. I don't know how to get around Amazon's mis-set-up.
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on March 6, 2009
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The seven selections (clocking in at 41:04) have Joe Zawinful and Peter Erskine playing major roles, while Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter - who only has one composition - as more of a supporting cast in this February 1982 release.

The intriguing cuts are Dara Factor One and Dara Factor Two, with the group kicking out the jams; the selections were culled from the tape rolling for about an hour as a means to wrap up the recording sessions. Hey, no matter how legendary the band, the studio time costs money, so it only makes sense to use every minute.

Jaco kicks into high gear on Volcano for Hire, while the Shorter piece, When It Was Now, is marvelously textured. The central theme is Zawinul's N.Y.C. "trilogy" - 41st Parallel, The Deuce, Crazy About Jazz - where his artistic control over the proceedings has arguably never been greater.

This lineup - with Robert Thomas, Jr. - is the most famous and defined the cross-over of fusion to a rock audience. But the finish line was fast approaching to the creative fire that made for legendary live shows and incredible teamwork in the studio.
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on April 16, 2015
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You can tell the musicians are very comfortable with each other at this point in the bands life. The playing is exquisite. The only problem is the compositions aren't the best of their career. The songs are good, but not great(although quite listenable). If your a Weather Report fan, this CD is a must have. If you are a new listener, I would recommend Night Passage, Heavy Weather, or Sporting Life.
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on February 17, 2014
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I began listening to Weather Report back in 72 with the 'I Sing the Body Electric' LP; I then purchased the first Weather Report LP, 'Weather Report', second; and finally, 'Sweetnighter', their third LP, third;all other LP's (except their first) was bought at the moment of their first release all the way through 'Mr. Gone'. As with Mr. Garberg at the time of his writing his review, I just recently finished purchasing all the albums I mentioned previously, through 'Mr.Gone' on CD's. I've been blessed to have seen Weather Report twice in my lifetime at the height of Zawinul's career, 1977 and 1978, after Jaco joined the band. That being said, I'd like to discuss Weather Report's output of recordings...the blessed discography, if you will!
Joe Zawinul was, since he recently passed away on September 10, 2007, always ahead of the curve where the electronic keyboards were concerned! If you notice on his early Weather Report efforts, the Fender Rhodes 88 keyboard had been revamped in some way, shape and form from its original configuration by Joe Zawinul himself, and other technicians whom Zawinul credits in the liner notes. On one of the albums, Zawinul has a keyboard he names "Tonto", which was constructed by another wonderful technician whose name escapes me. I imagine that Zawinul was both a blessing and a curse to the creators of the Moog synthesizer and Fender Rhodes keyboards in that everybody was racing to accomodate his creativity and intimate knowledge of the instruments he utilized, and frustrated that they always fell short. An article I recently read said correctly that Zawinul's main work was performed before the MIDI and sampling were even thought of. As I understand it, MIDI is a new-generation tool that can mimic what Zawinul was doing and more, but here I am writing my thoughts 30 years after the fact!
As for the Weather Report albums, I can only speak with authority on their first 8 LP's, through 'Mr.Gone', the timespan from 1971 through 1978, that every LP that was released was completely different from the previous LP; and that each LP stands on its own merits. Even if the latter LP's were not up to the "caliber" of the combined talents of Zawinul, Shorter, and Pastorius in the eyes of some, any musician would have given up anything, I'm sure, to have put out any one of the LP's mentioned! Remember, Jaco was preceeded on bass, first by Miroslav Vituous, and then Alphonso Johnson, before joining the group. I mention this because having just recently acquired the 'Tale Spinnin'' CD, I was appalled at the reviewer's notes. Apparently, the reviewer of the Tale Spinnin' CD was not a Weather Report fan. I came away after reading the review three or four times trying to figure out whether he knew what he was talking about or not. It seems to me that the reviewer pans the CD, calling the first three tunes party songs or some such drivel. This is why I decided to write my thoughts on Weather Report's music, even if I haven't heard any of Weather Report's later albums. I hope this helps anyone just learning about this wonderful band.
Addendum: Weather report as a band was always on the cutting edge of the technology of the day always pushng the envelope and at times breaking the envelope. I understand that Mr. Moog worked very closely with Joe Zawinul and many of the industry's changes were due to Zawinul's input.
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on January 17, 2013
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Last album featuring Jaco Pastorius & Peter Erskine.

The only thing is the CD I received had a Count Basie cover...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2013
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The last Weather Report lineup to feature Jaco Pastorius and he's still good. Don't expect any of his bass flash, though, he's quite conservative here. The album is a true group effort where everyone's working together well and nobody oversteps anybody. Unlike the mix of solid group dynamics and cool solos that "Heavy Weather" provided, this album shows a group coming together for one true democratic sound. The last track, though, is really the only time you feel all the members going nutzo - a good thing. Nice album, not their greatest.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2010
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This album from weather report is one of there best ones besides heavy weather.

Anyway I always liked jazz music ever sense late 1990s an now its almost 2011 an I'm about 31 years old.
Anyway I will pretty much listen too any jazz and techno music too.

An some rock n roll like FRANK ZAPPA, MICHAEL JACKSON, ROLLING STONES, PINK FLOYD, etc.

anyway thats off da subject.

Part of the reason why I like jazz music not just cuz their music is really good but also because they have no singing in it. Other reasons too but you dont have too know details.

but for those who only like one music genre(jazz), then you'll probably like this album, speechless, dara factor, volcano for hire, etc. their all good songs.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2008
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Weather Report released two self-titled albums in their career -- their classic 1971 debut, and this 1982 album. The latter is the last recording of the most popular Weather Report lineup -- Zawinul, Shorter, Pastorius and Erskine. Much like its predecessor, Night Passage, this one sounds like a very competent, professional band that's out of fresh ideas and rehashes old ones. There are the same tight, third-world grooves with layered synthesizers and floating saxophone, but you've heard it all before and the tunes aren't especially memorable. ("Volcano for Hire" is pretty cool nonetheless.) It's safe to skip this one unless you're a completist or raging Night Passage fan; and even if you are, you should probably jump ahead to 1983's superior Procession.

[This review is based on the 1990 release, not the recent reissue. I do not know whether the new version has superior sound quality, but it does have an identical tracklist.]
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