Weather Report

Weather Report Discography


64521, S 64521 Weather Report Weather Report (Album) Columbia 64521, S 64521 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SOPL 37, SOPL-37 Weather Report I Sing The Body Electric (Album) Columbia SOPL 37, SOPL-37 Japan 1972 Sell This Version
SOPJ 12~13-XR Weather Report Weather Report Live In Tokyo (Album) CBS/Sony SOPJ 12~13-XR Japan 1972 Sell This Version
KC 32210 Weather Report Sweetnighter (Album) Columbia KC 32210 Canada 1973 Sell This Version
WKC 32494, KC 32494 Weather Report Mysterious Traveller (Album) Columbia WKC 32494, KC 32494 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
PC 33417 Weather Report Tale Spinnin' (Album) Columbia PC 33417 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CBS 81325 Weather Report Black Market (Album) Columbia CBS 81325 Greece 1976 Sell This Version
PC 34418, 34418 Weather Report Heavy Weather (Album) Columbia, Columbia PC 34418, 34418 US 1977 Sell This Version
CBS 82775, 82775 Weather Report Mr. Gone (Album) ARC (3), Columbia CBS 82775, 82775 Europe 1978 Sell This Version
88455 Weather Report 8:30 (Album) ARC (3), Columbia 88455 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
JCT 36793 Weather Report Night Passage (Album) ARC (3), Columbia JCT 36793 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
40 85326 Weather Report Weather Report (Album) ARC (3), Columbia 40 85326 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
FC 38427 Weather Report Procession (Album) Columbia FC 38427 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
CK 39147 Weather Report Domino Theory (Album) Columbia CK 39147 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CBS 26367 Weather Report Sportin' Life (Album) Columbia CBS 26367 UK 1985 Sell This Version
32DP 470 Weather Report This Is This (Album) Columbia 32DP 470 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
2-508058 Weather Report Live & Unreleased Columbia 2-508058 Argentina 2002 Sell This Version
MIG 80020 CD Promo Weather Report Live In Berlin 1975 (Album) MIG MIG 80020 CD Promo Germany 2011 Sell This Version
88875141272 Weather Report The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981 (Album) Legacy, Columbia 88875141272 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CBS S 1698 Weather Report Boogie Woogie Waltz (Edited Version) (Single) Columbia CBS S 1698 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
4-45964 Weather Report 125th Street Congress / Will(7", Promo) Columbia 4-45964 US 1973 Sell This Version
3-10004 Weather Report Cucumber Slumber(7") CBS 3-10004 US 1974 Sell This Version
S CBS 5205 Weather Report Birdland (Single) CBS S CBS 5205 UK 1977 Sell This Version
CBS 5205 Weather Report Birdland Columbia CBS 5205 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
CBS 5588 Weather Report Birdland Columbia CBS 5588 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version

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May 21, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
Certainly they made some great music over the years. But ultimately, Weather Report is a lesson in how supergroups simply do not work; it's just that this one happened to (sort-of) hang together much longer than most. I think their best album is Black Market, and there is great stuff on Sweetnighter and Mysterious Traveler. But everything after 1976 or so is dominated by the ego-maniacal Joe Zawinul. Wayne Shorter gets pushed to the side. However, Shorter's marginalization is nothing compared with the criminal squandering of Jaco's talents. The man was by far the greatest musical force in the band; you can see why he became fed up with Zawinul and left.

The early albums are more collaborative, building on what Miles Davis did with albums like Bitches Brew. The inclusion of Miroslav Vitous forces the band into a less commercial, more exploratory mode. But the band hit its creative high point when Jaco was hired for Black Market. This was Weather Report at the crossroads of wanting to make a little money, but still being tempered by a good solid fusion sound. The result is their best album.

But much of their output after that point is uninteresting, directionless waffling, Zawinul reaching only for commercial success. He probably attained that, but little else.

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