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Best of: Weather Report Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Whether you're an avid fan of this jazz fusion supergroup or more of a casual listener, this "best of" set reflects the virtuosity and group chemistry that put them at the fore of the electric-jazz idiom from their middle period up through the Jaco Pastorius years. Includes Birdland; A Remark You Made; Mysterious Traveller; Boogie Woogie Waltz; Blackthorn Rose; Black Market; Man in the Green Shirt; Freezing Fire; Elegant People; Night Passage , and more.

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There were so many versions of the band that Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter called home that this compilation probably should have been called The Best of Weather Reports. And considering its neglect of the group's first two albums, Weather Report (1971) and I Sing the Body Electric (1972), which contain some of the group's finest work, the subtitle "1973-1980" should have been added to this release. But if the collection, which contains no previously unreleased material, lacks breadth and unity, it does provide an enjoyable road map through this legendary fusion band's history, as they added newfangled instruments and ethnic influences and swapped musicians. Leading off with the infectious, hugely popular "Birdland," the album includes many of its better-known tunes, including the title tracks to Mysterious Traveller and Black Market and "Boogie Woogie Waltz" from the underrated Sweetnighter. It's a nice set to have, but hardly essential. --Lloyd Sachs
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000067ASU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Weather Report is one of the most important and significant bands in Jazz music. The band's permanent members were keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter both of whom had previously worked with Miles Davis. Between 1971 and 1986, Zawinul and Shorter employed a revolving door of bass players, drummers and percussionists thoughout their band's exsistance. Among them were Alphonso Johnson, Miroslav Vitous, Chester Thompson, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuna and the late Jaco Pastorious just to name a few.
The recent compilation "Best of Weather Report" is not a career spanning collection but does cover the band's most important and ground breaking period between 1973 and 1980.
Included in this compilation are the spaced-out experimental sounds of "Mysterious Traveller", the tough street-grooves of "Boogie Woogie Waltz", the intense polyrhythms of "Night Passage" and "Freezing Fire" as well as the melodic beauty of "A Remark You Made". Of course, no Weather Report collection is complete without the band's signature classic "Birdland". This track is Weather Report's best known compostition and has since gone on to become a Jazz-Fusion standard. Defnitely, a shining moment for the band.
"The Best Of Weather Report" displays a wealthy amount of great music from the band. The only minor complaint I have is that there is no material from the band's first two albums or their self-titled 12th album from 1982 (its last with bassist Jaco Pastorius). Apart from that, this is a great collection from Weather Report. The band has always displayed an excellent musical backdrop no matter who is playing with them. This CD is a great place to start for those unfamiliar with the band.
Definitive Jazz-Rock-Fusion from one the band's who helped pioneer the genre.
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The first thing that you need to know is that this disk sounds great. It's also a nice value as the disk is about 73 minutes long.

Also, this compilation contains nothing from the band's first two albums, nor does it contain the club crossover hit, "River People", one of my all-time favorite songs in any genre. Columbia knows that people want that song and it's only available on the following releases:

This Is Jazz, Vol. 40: The Jaco Years
Forecast: Tomorrow (included on the DVD)
Mr. Gone [Bonus Tracks]

When I was in high school, I had a couple of friends who were bonkers about Weather Report. I could never really get into them back then -- too oblique, moody and shape-shifting for me. Now, though, I get it. Why? Because I made an intentional effort to explore and understand jazz from Cole Porter to Duke Ellington to Ella, Miles, Coltrane and all the great Blue Note and Impulse stuff.

At first, Weather Report was still challenging, and I say that as someone who appreciates jazz. But give it several spins, free your mind, and understand that these compositions were often experimental and yes, moody and oblique. But life is that way, too, OK? Recognise that there's a vibe here, captured in the song "Mysterious Traveller", of exploration. Let go of your preconceived ideas of where song forms are supposed to go, and let the musicians instead chart their own course through everything from funk to show tunes to dance to smoldering spirituality.

The liner notes contain a great question. "What do they sound like? What kind of music do they play?" And the answer is, there is no other band that sounds like Weather Report except Weather Report.
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I agree this was a money grab. Not a great CD to say the least. A few "hits" and mostly not so great tunes. Weather Report, maybe the greatest jazz fusion band ever.Go to I Tunes and do research. This is not the best of WR.
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This is a must have Cd for any fan real of Weather Report. It not just a collection on album cut.The producers of this CD took the best songs from Weather Report and put the in a very listenable order, that to me make it
must have for my collection. Bill
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Delicate, beautiful, creative, unique, pulls in influences from all over the world. Nice beats and easy to listen to.
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