- Audio CD (August 2, 1989)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B000002635
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This recording, for me, is right up there with those. The playing is no less imspired, the world influences are legitimate and abundant. A very inventive and creative use of vocals. In truth I wish Pat Metheny, one of my favorite musicians had employed such interesting vocal effects in some of his group recordings.
This is as strong a line-up as any in the group history. You have Victor Bailey, Omar Hakim, Mino Cinelu, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter and guest vocalists in ensemble passages with interesting harmonies.
"Hot Cargo" is an interesting, inventive, high energy piece, with those interesting, quirky vocal passages punctuated by driving percussion, interesting time signatures, Joe Zawinul's very interesting keyboards and Wayne Shorter in unison passages. This a very African feel to it. A unique time of feel. We're not talking in the typical percussive "Tin Tin Deo" kind of way. The vocals are much like tribal chants. At the same time this piece is very futuristic/progressive. Frankly as good as anything on
"Corner Pocket" - Has some strong Tenor Sax work by Wayne Shorter and driving beat propelled by Hakim and Cinelu. There are some very nice textures and embellishments laid down by Joe Zawinul on this. It cooks and it's funky. It makes you want to dance as well. All done in a unique way.
"Face on the Bathroom Floor" - is a melancholy ballad featuring atmospheric synths from Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter playing the melody in that unique slightly bitter way on soprano. It flows along and is a beautiful piece.Read more ›
The song that stands out to me is "What's Going On"-Marvin Gaye's deserved classic that's oft covered by now.But Weather Report's music actually addresses the issues that Marvin's lyircs spoke about,only in the context of this instrumental cover expressing the bands musical virtues of an all world electronic fusion sound.Wayne Shorter's expressive solo backed by the ominous synth work of Zawinul conveys the need for beauty in the tortured,urban nightmare the original song depicts-it's perhapes the best version of the song.So if it can be found I highly recommend 'Sportin' Life' to any Weather Report fan-the songs are full of life and excitment and the pace quickens too often to mention.
No group of musicians ever sounded like this. It is a shame they decided to disband. Joe Zawinul was a great creative force.
Unfortunately he now passed away as well.
Jaco's son, Felix, can be heard on his debut with the Yellowjackets: "A rise in the road".
He is clearly very talented and doesn't try and sound like his dad. Well done, I'd say.
The last recording of Weather Report is "This is this". underscoring what I said above. They shouldn't have disbanded.
There still was a lot of oompff there !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was to be Weather Report's final studio album until contractual obligations led to "This is This". Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Jonathan
As I listen to this album now, many years after the first time I heard it, I realize that it's really mostly about Joe Zawinul taking the band further in a direction he would... Read morePublished on November 21, 2010 by collinsnet
The 1985 album was slated to be the last from the band, though a contractual agreement with Columbia Records yielded This is This! one year later. Read morePublished on February 15, 2009 by Best Of All
If you come to this album wanting the same, wonderfully eccentric, invention of early WR (and the great Jaco in particular) you will probably be disappointed. Read morePublished on October 4, 2006 by Richard Messenger
There are some good funky tunes here, with excellent rhythmic underpinnings, but overall everything is fairly forgettable. Read morePublished on March 20, 2002 by Feller who likes Old Yeller
This album is quite a departure for Weather Report. It is a foray into "World Music" (mostly African influenced) and vocals. Read morePublished on February 27, 2002 by kireviewer
This album starts out promisingly via Zawinul's CORNER POCKET, with its trademark third-world theme and a quartet of vocalists including Bobby McFerrin. Read morePublished on December 30, 2001 by J. Lund
Anything after this sounds like it was just fulfillment of contract. Hey, I heard it said Miles thought it was a "masterpiece": 'nuff said?Published on December 12, 2000 by Daveming