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Weather Report: Collections

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Album Review

Assembled for the European market by Song BMG, this 11-cut compilation focuses on the recorded catalog of Weather Report after their first three albums — in other words, their most commercially successful period. Featuring a number of different lineups, well-known cuts such as "Birdland," "Teen Town," "Mysterious Traveler," and "Black Market" are included as well as stellar tunes such as "A Remark You Made," "Man in the Green Shirt," and "D-Flat Waltz." There isn't anything unreleased here, but that's fine, because what is here is solid. There are some great tracks missing, but then again, virtually anyone compiling such a set would have come up with a somewhat different selection. For the money, this one can't be beat.

Biography

Formed: 1970

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Weather Report started out as a jazz equivalent of what the rock world in 1970 was calling a "supergroup." But unlike most of the rock supergroups, this one not only kept going for a good 15 years, it more than lived up to its billing, practically defining the state of the jazz-rock art throughout almost all of its run. Weather Report also anticipated and contributed to the North American interest in world music rhythms and structures, prodded by keyboardist/co-founder Joe Zawinul. And WR, like many...
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