Columbia Records publish ‘Weather Report,’ their eponymous debut album (1971)

‘Weather Report (1971) ‘ is their debut album released on May 12, 1971 by Columbia Records.

Track Listing : 1.Milky Way (Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul) – 02:33 . 2.Umbrellas (Wayne Shorter, Miroslav Vitous, Joe Zawinul) – 03:27 . 3.Seventh Arrow (Miroslav Vitous) – 05:23 . 4.Orange Lady (Joe Zawinul) – 08:44 . 5.Morning Lake (Miroslav Vitous) – 04:26 . 6.Waterfall (Joe Zawinul) – 06:20 . 7.Tears (Wayne Shorter) – 03:25 . 8.Eurydice (Wayne Shorter) – 05:45

Musicians : Weather Report – Band . Joe Zawinul – Electric And Acoustic Piano . Wayne Shorter – Soprano Saxophone . Miroslav Vitouš – Electric And Acoustic Bass . Alphonse Mouzon – Drums, Voice . Airto Moreira – Percussion . Barbara Burton – Percussion . Don Alias – Percussion

Production : Produced By John Snyder . Wayne Tarnowski – Engineer

Package : Don Demichael – Liner Notes . John Ephland – Liner Notes . Paul M. Martin – Art Coordinator

Recorded February 16 To 22, 1971 & March 17, 1971.

Released May 12, 1971 By Columbia Records.

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JazzTimes
1971’s Weather Report is long on texture and atmosphere, short on conventional forms and orchestrations. But where Miroslav Vitous’ fuzz bass (“Umbrellas”) and Shorter’s studio-processed soprano (“Orange Lady”) were once ugly anathema, today they feel warm, sexy, even inviting […]

All That Music!
Joe Zawinul ruminates in a delicate, liquid manner on Rhodes electric piano; at this early stage, he used a ring modulator to create weird synthesizer-like effects. Wayne Shorter’s soprano sax shines like a beacon amidst the swirling ensemble work of co-founding bassist Miroslav Vitous, percussionist Airto Moreiraand drummer Alphonse Mouzon. […]

RateYourMusic
While I confidently can call myself a WP fan now, I still don’t get what the supergroup are trying to do on this debut. It starts out like an ambient album, with “Milky Way” blurting out what seem like random keyboard bursts. A few unpredictable breakaways and funk breakdowns follow, but the end result is wildly unfocused. […]

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