BACK TO BLACK - WEATHER REPORT

January 23, 2009 – 3:39 am

Black music goes hand-in-hand with civil rights for African-Americans. And you can dance to it. So here’s the weather report from 1971. A stormy night for all.

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WEATHER REPORT
Vienna 1971 [no label, 1CD]

Live in Vienna, November 1971. Very good soundboard or radio broadcast?

Other than “Vienna, November 1971″, there are no other details on our copy of the CD but db etree provided the setlist and the lineup. The group had only released their self-titled debut album in May 1971 and this Vienna gig looked like an impressive showcase for the avant-jazz group.

Unlike many new groups, saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Joe Zawinul were not unknowns nor were they novices. And the “new” group offered them the chance to stretch their musical wings, especially when it came to improvisations.
However, they would be saddled with the “jazz-fusion” moniker later but avant-jazz would probably be an apt description for the music they played.

This Vienna gig would eventually lead to a successful Japan tour in 1972 and the recording and release of the Live In Tokyo album. As with Weather Report’s music, the details are in the intricate interplay between the instruments and readers can get a glimpse of the group’s music through Rolling Stone magazine’s Robert Palmer’s review of the group’s second album, I Sing The Body Electric (1972), the second side featuring live tracks from their Japan tour.

Palmer called it a “beautiful, near perfect LP,” and went on to describe the band’s live side as “a group that has reorganized the role of the traditional rhythm section in an unusual way. Joe Zawinul uses his electronic keyboard like a hornplayer… to engage in a dialogue of equals with saxophonist Shorter. Vitous uses his bass as a third voice in this ongoing conversation, which often leaves drummer Gravatt to handle the rhythmic chores, a job he performs with style and grace.” DownBeat’s Gary Giddins declared, “there is no question that Weather Report is into something new and stimulating.”

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Tears / Umbrellas (11.1MB)
Untitled Original 1 (9.5MB)
Eurydice (13.0MB)
Orange Lady (16.4MB)

Lineup:
Wayne Shorter - saxophone
Joe Zawinul - keyboards
Miroslav Vitous - bass
Alphonse Mouzon - drums
Dom Um Romao - percussion

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  1. 10 Responses to “BACK TO BLACK - WEATHER REPORT”

  2. Excellent concert by this great band!
    Thanks ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Jan 24, 2009

  3. Hi:
    Love the ROIOs. Was wondering you could/would post the following sometime:

    Badfinger - Would The Real Please Stand Up? [Westwood 3CD] This is the Tom Evans’ Badfinger that toured US in 1982 and ‘83. The 55 tracks here cover the following shows - Bloomington, Indiana, Nov 1982; Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov 1982 and Cowboys Club, Newark, Delaware, Dec 16 1982. There are also 4 studio tracks recorded in 1983 and 3 interviews including one with Joey Molland in 2000. For those to young to know Pete Ham and Tom Evans wrote Without You. Both later committed suicide. Excellent liner notes. Gd - VG AUD mono?

    Thanks, and keep up the great posts!

    By MisterManiac on Jan 24, 2009

  4. Hi!
    Cover Pictures are taken from the the Concert in Offenbach, Germany 1978 this was a German TV “Rockpalast” Broadcast.

    By Wolfgang on Jan 24, 2009

  5. These recordings were not made in Vienna, but at ORF Studio in Klagenfurt (Austria) on June 26th, 1971 and were broadcast on December 1st, 1971.

    By dhk1603 on Jan 24, 2009

  6. Great show. Gotta love Weather Report.

    By O.B. Dan on Feb 7, 2009

  7. My uncle was actually at that show in Vienna! I tell him at least once a year he’s a lucky punk! :-)

    Great article!

    By Vienna Massage on Feb 19, 2010

  8. Zawinul + Shorter in an early WR setting = tasty! Thanks for your efforts.

    By Markos on Jul 9, 2010

  9. Track 3 seems to have vanisged, any chance of a fix?
    ta

    By Vamp on Mar 26, 2013

  10. Thanks for sharing this, it’s a fiery show, especially the medley of Tears > Umbrella! But track 4’s vanished, any chance of a re-up?

    By Mark on Dec 15, 2014

  11. Track 3 - Suite: I would like to tell / Eurydice / Early Minor /Firefish / Tears 9:31

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 15, 2015

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