WEATHER REPORT - PROVIDENCE 1978

August 26, 2010 – 10:58 am

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WEATHER REPORT
Providence 1978 [Dan Lampinski Recording, 2CD]

Live at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI; November 12, 1978. Very good audience recording.

When Weather Report released Mr Gone in 1978, the album got only a one-star review in Down Beat, possibly the most controversial review in the magazine’s history.

David Less wrote: “Where earlier Weather Report records possessed a sense of adventures, Mr. Gone is coated with the sterility of a too completely preconceived project. While Weather Report was innovative and pivotal in its first experiments, the members now seem out of touch with their basic responsibility as musicians: to communicate. By not taking chances they have nothing to lose, but conversely they have nothing to gain. Weather Report’s status has shifted over the years from a combo of premier jazz-rock innovators to a super-hip rock band with jazz overtones. This LP should prove disappointing to those Weather Report fans who still remember the genuine excitement of its earlier efforts.”

Following the successful Heavy Weather, and despite the poor Down Beat review, Mr Gone still went gold.

But review or no review, live in Providence, Weather Report stuck to their guns, played only two four tracks from their then new album, and electrified the audience with a solid performance that was a mix of the classic and the new. While drummer Peter Erskine might be relatively “new,” they still came across as a tightly-knitted group. It’s also obvious the group needed the space of a live show to really stretch themselves.

While Black Market offered a rousing and confident opening number - like a group possessed, with Shorter firing on all cylinders and Peter Erskine making his mark, listeners can feel a high on A Remark You Made; surf another peak with In A Silent Way and finally enjoy the home stretch beginning with Birdland. If Zawinul’s keyboards provide an onerous drone more akin to prog rock, then it is left to Shorter who can always be relied upon to give it that swing. There are some Weather Report fans who feel that the Wayne Shorter-Josef Zawinul-Jaco Pastorius-Peter Erskine lineup is the best ever and, listening to this show, it is hard to disagree.

Thanks to djscomics for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site. Above all, thanks to Dan Lampinski, Carl Morstadt (who mastered the tracks), Kev, ethiessen1 and the rest of the Lampinski crew.

A note on Dan Lampinski: Dan recorded over 100 concerts in the Providence/Boston area, mostly between 1974 and 1978. Since Dan never traded copies of his recordings, they are all essentially uncirculated. Some copies were made for friends, but these releases are the first time most of these recordings have ever seen the light of day, and are direct from his master cassettes. No EQ’ing has been done to any of the transfers.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Black Market (20.8MB)
Track 102. Scarlet Woman (18.5MB)
Track 103. Young and Fine (12.2MB)
Track 104. A Remark you Made (11.7MB)
Track 105. The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat (13.6MB)
Track 106. Continuum (3.1MB)
Track 107. River People (14.4MB)
Track 108. Thanks For The Memories > Dolores (Shorter solo) (7.6MB)
Track 109. Slang (Pastorious solo) (15.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Mr. Gone (18.0MB)
Track 202. In a Silent Way (7.0MB)
Track 203. Waterfall (6.3MB)
Track 204. Teen Town (spliced) (15.9MB)
Track 205. E1: Alfie (Zawinul solo) (6.5MB)
Track 206. Birdland (12.8MB)
Track 207. E2: Erskine solo (10.2MB)
Track 208. Badia (3.9MB)
Track 209. Boogie Woogie Waltz (spliced) (20.1MB)

Lineup:
Wayne Shorter - saxophone
Josef Zawinul - keyboards
Jaco Pastorius - bass
Peter Erskine - drums

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  1. 13 Responses to “WEATHER REPORT - PROVIDENCE 1978”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! it’s been awhile on weather report. the last show was hammersmith odeon, before that was vienna, astria, then before that was jaco and rashied ali. i got all of them.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Aug 26, 2010

  3. Wow! Thanks BigO!

    By Walter on Aug 26, 2010

  4. The critical response to the Mr Gone album was a no-win situation. Heavy Weather was so good and took the general populous by such a surprise that expectations were sure to be unfulfilled. Personally, I love that one, particularly “Pursuit of the Woman . . ” Great to hear a cookin’ live version. Pretty good audience recording, too! Anxiously awaiting disk 2! Thanks!

    By Slidewell on Aug 27, 2010

  5. hey bigo, i got disc 2. i need to fix the tags now and play it.

    well i had mr. gone on tape, and i really didn’t like it as much as the shows i’ve gotten here. i remember trading it with a bunch of other tapes i just don’t play much last summer. perhaps i didn’t give it a good enough listen. as i recall, it was a bit on the lighter side. i like this show, though.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Aug 27, 2010

  6. >>>”But review or no review, live in Providence, Weather Report stuck to their guns, played only two tracks from their then new album, and electrified the audience with a solid performance that was a mix of the classic and the new. “<<<

    Actually, it appears as though four tracks from Mr Gone were performed at this concert in Providence…’Young And Fine’, ‘Pursuit Of The Woman With The Feathered Hat’, ‘River People’ and of course the title track, ‘Mr Gone’. That was half of the album.

    By Erskine Bowles on Aug 27, 2010

  7. Hello Erskine
    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Aug 27, 2010

  8. It’s unfortunate that so much attention was wasted on the Mr. Gone review. My feeling is that published negative criticism of art is irresponsible. There are several reasons as to why a critic might not “get” a piece of music. They may be in a bad mood the one time they listen to it. It might not conform to their personal tastes. They might not be equipped to understand it at all. They may feel threatened by it (some music critics are frustrated musicians, though I know nothing of Mr. Less). It’s important that these critics remember that someone’s acceptance of a negative review could deny them a life-changing experience.

    Anyway, Mr. Gone is a great work, despite Mr. Less. And thank you so much for making these recordings available!

    By Randy Roos on Aug 27, 2010

  9. …and just who in the hell is Mr. Less anyway?Possibly a failed and bitter wannabe musician hisself which would explain why few have heard ,if ever of him….

    By Matt_the_Cat on Aug 28, 2010

  10. Thanks for this, just listening to it now.

    As for Mr Gone, it wasn’t just DB that gave it a bad review: NME did as well. Not one of my favourite WR albums* unlike the studio album that followed it (Night Passage) which I though was superb.

    *in fact I can’t even remember when I last played it…

    By Colin on Aug 29, 2010

  11. @Randy Roos: If I follow your logic, then no critic should write negative reviews. The “problem” is: A review is always (and has to be) subjective. The reader can accept it or not.
    It is not the critic’s problem if a reader “misses a life-changing experience”. It’s also not the critic’s problem if he protects the reader from a bad experience. It’s always up to the reader if he believes what he’s reading or not. If he believes everything he reads, he’s just plain stupid.
    The critic only has to make clear (at best with good and comprehensible arguments) why he likes or hates an album, and how he rates it compared to the other output of the artists and compared to other artists. Nothing more.
    I would never accept a review unconditionally (positive or negative), if I don’t know anything about the writer or the paper/blog.. he’s writing for. If I know what and how he writes, I can even suppose that I like a certain album even when he tears it to pieces.

    By Walter on Sep 3, 2010

  12. HI BigO. I am having trouble downloading two of the tracks. They are Track 105 and Track 207. Both links seem to be broken. If you would take a look at these two links, I would really appreciate it.

    The rest of the concert sounds AWESOME and thanks for making it available here! - S.

    By Slot Sleet on Jul 12, 2011

  13. 103 + 202 dead..

    By Eddie_1412 on Jul 3, 2015

  14. Having heard almost all iterations of WR, I still feel the original Gravat-Vitous-Um Romao was the cleanest, most soaring lineup.

    By Crow Boy on Dec 13, 2016

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