If you are familiar with the "Jaco" era of this band and want to hear what they sounded like LIVE IN THEIR PRIME....look no further...this is it....visually and audibly remastered to deliver the best quality ever...
This was recorded right after Jaco joined the band in 1976...He and the band are all fired up and full of enthusiasm....You can see and hear it...and wish you were there in person...
There are so many videos floating around from different shows they did thru 1976-82...and for the most part...the qualities are hit and miss.....but THIS ONE is the one you REALLY need to have in your collection...
Lately the price for this is fetching far less than the cost of a single CD....So what are you waiting for....GO FOR IT!!
Apparently long a bootlegged item, any contemporary music history student or Weather Report fan will need to watch/hear this DVD. I was lucky enough to see this lineup during that 1976 tour. Needless to say, this band at this moment in time was truly unprecedented. Weather Report was the most exciting avant-jazz group up to that point, with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter leading the way into new sonic territories. With Jaco Pastorius on board they turned it up to 11. Jaco had just joined the band and it's wonderful to have this critical period in his development documented. If you want more Jaco, Joni Mitchells Shadow & Light DVD (highly recommended) shows him and everyone else on stage at their peak.
I had the good fortune to see Weather Report, once with Jaco, and once after he left. While I enjoyed those performances, this concert recording is on another level. The momentum builds beginning with the drum/percussion duet, and reaches a crescendo on Gibraltar, with the percussionists pounding the hardware and Jaco playing bass lines from River People at supersonic speed. I suppose Wayne could have been miked a bit louder, but if this DVD doesn't have you smiling & moving, you might need to see a doctor, Honoris Causa or otherwise.
No need to repeat what others have said, but perhaps my personal anecdote will resonate with some WR fans.
I was always crazy for the "Rumba Mama" Acuna / Badrena track on the "Heavy Weather" album, and its genuine audience ambience. On vinyl, it was an outstanding opener for side 2. On CD and vinyl, the segue from "Rumba Mama" into "Palladium" has always been, for me, one of modern music's high points.
Fast forward 30+ years and I'm watching this DVD for the first time. I hear the identical track (unedited) and see it performed LIVE. THAT was a revelation. All the visual "blanks" were filled in and everything fit just perfectly. Just for that experience, enough reason to buy the DVD.
Featuring the line-up that went on to record Heavy Weather, this DVD really shows what a great band Weather Report were, especially live. 30 years on, it still sounds remarkably fresh. Jaco Pastorius had only joined the band 3 months before this recording and this is one of the earliest films of the man who changed the world of bass playing. Anyone familiar with the broadcast versions of this concert will be pleased to know that it includes Dr Honoris Causa/Directions but saddened to know it excludes the 1 minute spontaneous duet between Joe and Jaco as the band begin to leave the stage. The music features many tracks from their 1976 release Black Market and if the piano intro to Dr Honoris Causa sounds familiar, that's because it is an embryonic version of "Birdland". The sound is excellent but the filming is a bit claustrophobic, probably because of the small stage and you often wish they would show the person currently soloing etc. Line-Up Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Alex Acuna and Manolo Badrena. At full retail price this is a great deal, so at discounted prices it is an even better deal, making it a must have DVD for any fan of this type of music.
I am a Bass player and Jaco Pastorious has been one of my favorite Bass players since I first heard him on Heavy Weather LP back in the 70's. The music might seem a little dated for younger people by todays standards, but for that time period they were way ahead fo their time. The picture quality is fair and the performances are great!
what a great dvd. to compare with the weather update dvd (also a must buy), that dvd is a jaguar - sleek high performance power machine. this dvd is a harley full throttle on the open road. acuña and badrena (the heavy weather rhythm section) are high energy & spontaneous, jaco is tearing it up (his first tour with the band) and joe and wayne are visibly having fun. excellent sound and videography.