Weather Report’s ‘8:30’ is a double album recorded live (except for 2 tracks) in January–February 1979, produced by Joe Zawinul & Jaco Pastorius and released the same year by Columbia.
Track Listing : 1.Black Market (Joe Zawinul) – 09:47 . 2.Scarlet Woman (Alphonso Johnson, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul) – 08:42 . 3.Teen Town (Jaco Pastorius) – 06:03 . 4.A Remark You Made (Joe Zawinul) – 08:01 . 5.Slang (Jaco Pastorius) – 04:45 . 6.In A Silent Way (Joe Zawinul) – 02:47 . 7.Birdland (Joe Zawinul) – 07:13 . 8.Thanks For The Memory (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger) – 03:33 . 9.Medley: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz (Joe Zawinul) – 09:32 . 10.8:30 (Joe Zawinul) – 02:36 . 11.Brown Street (Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter) – 08:34 . 12.The Orphan (Joe Zawinul) – 03:17 . 13.Sightseeing (Wayne Shorter) – 05:34
Musicians : Jaco Pastorius – Bass, Percussion, Drums On (10 -11) . Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone . Erich Zawinul – Percussion On (11) . Joe Zawinul – Keyboards, Arp Quadra Bass Synthesizer, Percussion, Vocoder . The West Los Angeles Christian Academy Children’S Choir – Vocals On (12)
Production : Produced By Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius . Paul Black – Engineer . Warren Dewey – Mixing . John Haeny – Mixing . Steve Hirsch – Engineer . Russell Schmitt – Engineer . Ray Thompson – Live Recording
Package : Scott H. Thompson – Liner Notes . Nancy Donald – Design . Veryl Oakland – Photography
Recorded January–February 1979.
Released 1979 By Columbia.
The balance of the album comprised interesting studio experiments including Brown Street, a carnival romp that gloriously builds and builds that was brilliantly rearranged for Zawinul and the WDR Big Band on 2005’s Brown Streetand The Orphan that included ten members of the West Los Angeles Christian Academy Children’s Choir. […]
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The bad news is, the musicians just ramble: Zawinul is very quiet, emerging only to play listless melodic fragments; Erskine similarly lays low; Jaco focuses on quantity of notes rather than quality; and Shorter succeeds in keeping his phenomenal harmonic and rhythmic abilities completely under wraps. […]
The live double their more bemused admirers have waited for years is indeed Weather Report‘s most (if not first) useful album. But it also defines their limits. This is a band that runs the gamut from the catchy to the mysterioso […]