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Weather Report reached their critical and commercial peak with 1977’s Heavy Weather, which hit No. 30 on Billboard's pop chart and was designated “jazz album of the year” by almost every publication, including the esteemed Down Beat. “Birdland” was a huge crossover hit, and the song remains one of Weather Report’s best: though propulsive and complex, it's also as catchy as a theme to a TV show. By this point, Jaco Pastorius’ restless bass playing had become an integral part of the group’s sound, and with this album he proved he could be lyrical (“A Remark You Made”) as easily as he could be explosive (“Havona”). One of the album’s touchstones is Jaco’s original “Teen Town,” which is driven by a thunderous bassline, as heavy and doom-laden as anything on a Black Sabbath album. Of course, this being Weather Report, the ricocheting percussion and frisky rhythms keep each song from getting too weighed down. Even as their melodies became more memorable, the group’s highest principle was movement. Whether the setting was soft or loud, fast or slow, they were always pushing forward.

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WR's Best Album

This album so full of Jazz/ Rock Fusion and at its very best. The music contain within is masterfull and colorful. I use to sit in my room and listen to Birdland, Teen Town and listen to the Masters of the Bass, Jaco Pastorious. The album is superb, but when CD's came out, you can hear every nuiance and flavors of every note played in the music. My advice to you you all who read this is to listen to this with your Headphones and buy the CD. With itunes, the high end sound is reduced and the Bass is muffled somewhat thanks to the internet capacity. Also, if you like Jaco, get all his albums that he is on and enjoy. Especially if you can find the CD's. From itunes? Only as a last resort!

Good song to listen or play on base!

I like this songs base part a lot and you should learn it on base!(if you have one)😬

Jaco Steals the Show

This is by far Weather Report's most approachable album. It has a sense of humor filled with bass funk led by super sideman the late Jaco Pastorius. Teen Town is simply the best air guitar bass lick ever invented. The hauntingly hypnotic A Remark You Made with Jaco's stunningly somber bass line is hopelessly addictive. Of course, Birdland is a blast and the rest of the album, while not much to write home about from Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul has a field day with his electronically induced funky keyboards. This is my all time favorite with no 19 minute endless repetitive choruses like in Sweetnighter or Black Market. Get this one and love it forever!


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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Heavy Weather (Bonus Track Version), Weather Report
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Fusion, Music, Jazz
  • Released: 1977

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