Weather Report

Weather Report Discography

Albums

Weather Report Weather Report (Album) Columbia UK 1971 Sell This Version
Weather Report I Sing The Body Electric (Album) Columbia Japan 1972 Sell This Version
Weather Report Weather Report Live In Tokyo (Album) CBS/Sony Japan 1972 Sell This Version
Weather Report Sweetnighter (Album) Columbia Canada 1973 Sell This Version
Weather Report Mysterious Traveller (Album) Columbia Canada 1974 Sell This Version
Weather Report Tale Spinnin' (Album) Columbia Canada 1975 Sell This Version
Weather Report Black Market (Album) Columbia Greece 1976 Sell This Version
Weather Report Heavy Weather (Album) Columbia, Columbia US 1977 Sell This Version
Weather Report Mr. Gone (Album) ARC (3), Columbia Europe 1978 Sell This Version
Weather Report 8:30 (Album) ARC (3), Columbia Italy 1979 Sell This Version
Weather Report Night Passage (Album) ARC (3), Columbia Canada 1980 Sell This Version
Weather Report Weather Report (Album) ARC (3), Columbia Europe 1982 Sell This Version
Weather Report Procession (Album) Columbia Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Weather Report Domino Theory (Album) Columbia USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version
Weather Report Sportin' Life (Album) Columbia UK 1985 Sell This Version
Weather Report This Is This (Album) Columbia Japan 1986 Sell This Version
Weather Report Live & Unreleased Columbia Argentina 2002 Sell This Version
Weather Report Live In Berlin 1975 (Album) MIG Germany 2011 Sell This Version
Weather Report The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981 (Album) Legacy, Columbia US 2015 Sell This Version
SICJ 122 Weather Report Mr. Gone(CD, Album, RE) Sony Music Labels Inc. SICJ 122 Japan 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Weather Report Boogie Woogie Waltz (Edited Version) (Single) Columbia 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
Weather Report Birdland (Single) CBS UK 1977 Sell This Version
Weather Report Birdland Columbia Spain 1977 Sell This Version

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RezRocks

RezRocks

December 6, 2016
edited 2 days ago
If you want some very well researched background on Weather Report, including a blow-by-blow account of each album, I recommend checking out the site www.weatherreportdiscography.org. (It's not my site, by the way; just a very excellent resource and eye-opening account of the band and each recording session.) It culls from interviews, articles and liner notes to provide one of the most comprehensive histories of any band that I've ever found on the web.

I would have to disagree with the original writer who said that nothing good came after 1976, and that Jaco being hired for Black Market resulted in the band's "creative high point." Recall that Jaco only played on two songs on that album ("Cannon Ball" and "Gibraltar"), and contributed only one original composition ("Gibraltar"). Yes, his influence was felt in those two songs, but one doesn't get the full force of Jaco's influence until Heavy Weather and the three subsequent albums. A re-listen to both the second Weather Report and Night Passage reveals some extremely creative stuff, even better than some of Heavy Weather.

Also, I agree with one commenter's statement that Weather Report was not a "supergroup," as the original writer suggested. Ever-changing styles and direction forced the natural turnover of band members. But Weather Report appears to be a supergroup solely on the fact that nearly all of its former members went on to achieve greatness in their own right - Vitous, Johnson, Mouzon, Acuna, Erskine, Hakim, Bailey, Alias, Walden - are all household names in the jazz world, but most did not attain their star status until after their stint with Weather Report.

In contrast, Weather Report is more of a lesson in how to be successful by changing with the times and adapting one's artistry to appeal to a broader audience without compromising the art, thereby lengthening the life of the group. For example, nearly all of Weather Report's "fusion" contemporaries at the time fizzled out after just a few years because they didn't change direction either quickly enough or drastically enough, or perhaps too drastically, to remain relevant. Groups like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Eleventh House and Return To Forever, although on-par with WR in technical prowess and creativity, stayed stuck in a particular style and watched the fusion world pass them by, with WP at the forefront. Zawinul may have been an egomaniac, but he was astute enough to not let his vision completely dominate the creative process - otherwise, Weather Report would have fizzled and been relegated to a lightning flash in the history of fusion like the rest.
Globe199

Globe199

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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