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Editors’ Notes

The various members of Weather Report loved the challenge of the live setting, because it forced them to live up to (and at times even exceed) the technical demands of their studio recordings. Therefore, Live and Unreleased is as essential as any of the group’s popular studio albums. Recorded at various dates with different lineups in the mid- to late '70s and early '80s, these familiar songs are made more exhilarating by the fact that they were played in real time, with no room for error. In concert, “Black Market” (recorded in London, 1977) and “Freezing Fire” (London, 1975) come off like organisms feeding on their own momentum. Because the music at times seems to simply materialize out of ethereal forces, it can be easy to forget that human beings are making the sounds. That’s what was so important about the role of Jaco Pastorius. For all his preternatural talent, the concerts encouraged him to emphasize his humanity. A gaunt and boyish figure, he would run and dance across the stage, while his solo performance of “Portrait of Tracy” (Michigan, 1977) gave everyone the chance to witness his instrumental magic without the veil of studio trickery.

Customer Reviews

LIVE AND MORE!!!

I always thought if your gonna play serious fusion Jazz, this is how it should be played. What can one say? This double CD is simply outstanding. They jam straight up hard. Having seen them live back in the day, I can tell you they cover all of the bases here. You simply cannot go wrong with WR. Still plays as well if not better, than it did when created years ago. LONG LIVE THE SPIRIT OF WEATHER REPORT!!!

RE-PROGRAMMING! WHAT A CONCEPT!!

I agree w/ the review above that the programming of this album somewhat impedes, rather than enhances, the full enjoyment of it, at least as far as providing an overview of the band's history thru live performances(over an 8-year span which saw quite a few changes)goes. That's why I RE-PROGRAMMED it onto a CD(this can be done for a iTunes playlist, as well)which flows in chronological order, w/ the trax from each line-up grouped together, & more linear opportunities for comparison & contrast allowed for thereby. This takes a bit of time & doing, but then anyone w/ some knowledge of the band's history(or who has read the liner notes)can better know who they're listening to, even w/o the notes at hand, & this has proven to be(for me, anyway)a listening experience which is enjoyable, interesting & occasionally, even relevatory.

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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