November 12, 2009 – 12:31 pm

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London 1980 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, November 14, 1980. Very good soundboard? Incomplete set.

An interesting addition to Weather Report following the release of the 8:30 album in 1979 was percussionist Robert Thomas, Jr. If 8:30 played to a rock audience (”a rock band summarising its greatest hits,” music writer Jon Pareles wrote), with Thomas on board, it was full-on jazz once again. And the critical acclaim for 1980’s Night Passage showed it.

Thomas told writer Brian Glasser: “It was a perfect relationship, because I view conga-playing like blowing a trumpet or saxophone. You look at a horn player, he doesn’t play the whole night with the horn in his mouth. He takes it out and takes a breath.”

Keyboardist Joe Zawinul was clearly delighted with how well the band was playing at this point. “We are playing so great together right now it’s unbearable,” he told Melody Maker in November 1980. “We can hear each other very well, we are improvising so fast, we’re so in tune with one another.”

Reviewing the 1980 Hammersmith Odeon show, John Gill wrote: “Loath as I am to say it (their egos have grown beyond all recognition as it is), but Weather Report prove that the jazz universe is still expanding… Their second night at Hammersmith was simply awesome - no sycophantic bleat from someone who usually prefers the freer end of jazz. They played a grueling set of nigh on three hours, themes from Mr. Gone and early works looming and receding in an improvised set, and not once did they take an easy route or lazy option.”

A comprehensive write-up of Night Passage (1980), compiled by Curt Bianchi, can be found here.

While a soundboard recording of the complete Hammersmith show has yet to surface, let’s be thankful to mr_mags for sharing these soundboard tracks on the Dime site. After about nine years and with 10 albums, one would have thought Weather Report would have been a jaded outfit regurgitating themselves but listening to these tracks, there was still a lot of creativity and fire in them.

This is what mr_mags wrote: “Here’s the story behind my aquisition of this recording about 10 years ago. A very dedicated and generous Jaco trader(R.I.P. - JGerran!) threw this in on a trade. I think I was not supposed to trade it but I think it is now time. He said it was from Peter Erskine’s Monitor Mix (and I guess came from P.E. himself at some point?). Since then, I have contacted an authority on Jaco/WR online and asked him about it. He said it sounds like Hammersmith 11/13/80 but the track times line up better with 11/14 so I’m going with that date. That said, my track times are different from 11/13 & 14. So… this may come from somewhere else? Maybe somebody can shed some light or confirm the location of this one.”

Meanwhile, Professor Goody notes: “Each edition of this show (the 3rd one some of us have downloaded) brings us a little bit more music, but they all unfortunately seem to have diginoise of some kind. There’s an undertone of static through much of it, getting louder as the music gets louder. There’s some persistent clicking which you’ll hear too… At least, get through a listen of this show to hear some of the brilliant playing. It’s still a great show, played with full force from the start and still sounding quite listenable, despite the audible flaws.”

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Fast City - 8:16 (11.3MB)
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Track 102. Madagascar - 18:06 (25.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 103. Dream Clock - 10:18 (14.1MB)
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Track 104. Night Passage - 10:19 (14.1MB)
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Disc 2
Track 201. Three Views of a Secret - 8:00 (10.9MB)
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Track 202. Port of Entry - 9:22 (unfortunate audio clipping during middle jam) (12.8MB)
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Track 203. Bass Solo - 12:30 (17.1MB)
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Track 204. Brown Street (Zawinul-Shorter) - 17:15 (24.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)

Wayne Shorter - saxophone
Joe Zawinul - keyboards
Peter Erskine - drums
Jaco Pastorius - bass
Bobby Thomas Jr. - percussion

The missing tunes:
Drum Percussion Duet
Rockin’ In Rhythm
Keyboard-Sax Duet
The Orphan
Teen Town Jam
Badia-Boogie Woogie Waltz

Click here to order Weather Report’s Night Passage.

  1. 16 Responses to “WEATHER REPORT - LONDON 1980”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i got disc 1. will play shortly. first comment!


    By Ed Saad on Nov 12, 2009

  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you BigO!

    By Walter on Nov 12, 2009

  4. Jaco you left us too soon. Thank you again Big O for all your hard work!
    Best wishes,

    Anybody out there have any of the Wishbone Ash dates where John Wetton played bass?

    By James on Nov 12, 2009

  5. wetton seems to have only been with wishbone ash in the earliest part of 81 the 3rd line up of the band. i have about 20 wishbone ash shows but none from that year. sorry.
    however since u are a fan of his keep your eyes open for his work with family and uk and well take a look at his wikipedia entry—

    By darth on Nov 12, 2009

  6. Fabulous …thanks Big O!!

    By Kookie on Nov 13, 2009

  7. Thank you. Good stuff from my youth.

    By John on Nov 13, 2009

  8. hey bigo, got disc 2. thanks! will play walking this morning.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 13, 2009

  9. Thanks very much for this.

    I was actually there and came out thinking that I’d seen/heard something very special. Still one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen.

    By Colin on Nov 13, 2009

  10. Great lesson by Jaco Pastorius!
    Thanks bigo’s team ;-)

    By Rochacrimson on Nov 14, 2009

  11. Always great to hear new cuts from WR and the world’s greatest bass player! Thanks for this wonderful recording.

    By Scott Kirkpatrick on Nov 14, 2009

  12. thanks for this I was there at this show they are sadly missed

    By keith jeffries on Nov 15, 2009

  13. Hi,

    fantastic post, can anybody post a ROIO of Doldinger´s Passport live at My Father´s Place of 1979 ?

    By Sven on Nov 16, 2009

  14. Thanks much - Weather Report as I remember them. Perhaps the most brilliant live music ever. Just sayin’…

    By JB on Nov 24, 2009

  15. Great concert!
    I miss “Betty Chesnut”


    By TDC on Nov 28, 2009

  16. Track 103 is coming up as missing.

    By Vamp on Mar 26, 2013

  17. Hi, thanx for all. Is it possible to have the links for this show.Thank You. Michel

    By Maurice-Michel Verreckt on Nov 18, 2018

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