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Editors’ Notes

The amazing thing about Weather Report isn't that they wanted the impossible—innumerable bands want that—but that they actually achieved it. The idea that very technically demanding music could also appeal to a popular audience seemed like utter folly. Yet here we are, decades after the fact, listening to the familiar string of hits contained on The Best of Weather Report. “Black Market,” “Birdland,” and “Mysterious Traveller” are songs that could never be played by mere mortals. Still, they were hummable. The tension between accessibility and inaccessibility was at the heart of Weather Report’s success, and it drove their greatest work, much of which is contained on this collection. The other crucial aspect of the band was that their music wasn't classifiable, which made them accessible to fans of many different genres. “Freezing Fire” could fit next to The Commodores; “A Remark You Made” could fit next to Cannonball Adderley; “Boogie Woogie Waltz” could fit next to Sly Stone; “Night Passage” could fit next to Joni Mitchell. Weather Report were everywhere at once, which is exactly where they always wanted to be.

Customer Reviews

Best of Weather Report

Some great songs by a wonderfully tight band. The best kind of supergroup. "Boogie Woogie Waltz" deserves to be a classic.

Where's the teen town?

I've never been a fan of Greatest Hits album but this one packs some of the greatness of Weather Report. But, I don't get how there can be a Greatest Hits cd without Teen Town!


Excellent. A true representations of the "Best of Weather Report" (minus teen town)


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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The Best of Weather Report, Weather Report
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Fusion, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Nov 29, 1995

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