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Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981

It’s no great insight to suggest that Weather Report was primarily a studio band. The legendary fusion ensemble was too reliant on electronic instruments and innovative production techniques to quite come off on the stage, even as they attained arena-rock status during the Jaco Pastorius-Peter Erskine years. In fact, their 1979 live album, 8:30, was … Read More “Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981”

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Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1971-1975

Weather Report’s first six albums, as Bill Milkowski reflects in the notes for Columbia’s collection thereof, saw the fusion legends move from “an electric avant-garde band that appealed strictly to the cognoscenti” to “a ferocious groove-oriented juggernaut that packed large theaters.” Thus The Columbia Albums 1971-1975 is pristine-attractively packaged and never sounding better, no mean … Read More “Weather Report: The Columbia Albums 1971-1975”

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