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Weather Report - Live in Offenbach 1978 : 2 x CDs + DVD

SKU 21-MIG 80090
This represents in my mind the very last great era of this great band.

"By September of 1978 Weather Report's headlining status afforded them the opportunity to play a very long set amounting to two hours in length. Given the previous year's success with the poll winning "Heavy Weather" album one might have expected them to concentrate on this more or less exclusively, but instead, fans were treated to material from right across the bands career and solo spots by everybody. "Black Market" opens this concert and straight away it's apparent that the energy level is high and the relaxed pace of the studio version has been superseded by a slightly faster tempo. An explosive tenor and drum duet by Shorter and Erskine also forms part of this and must have surely put an end to the feeling in some quarters at the time that the saxophonist was no longer at his best. Also on board were flamboyant electric bassist Jaco Pastorius, a genuine innovator, and newly arrived drummer Peter Erskine a master technician brought into the group to add more of a jazz feel. Joe Zawinul was keen to stress that Weather Reports music was their music, a product of the group's identity, and not simply jazz-rock akin to that of many bands of the time. Although he was known for his strong opinions it's clear that no other group mixed improvisation, formal structures and electronics quite like them. One night in Germany is clear proof of this."

"This is by far the most outstanding live Weather Report performance I've ever heard. This was recorded during a tour for the album "Black Market" and features several songs from that album as well as from the album "Heavy Weather." The entire band is featured with solo perfomances and everyone is in excellent form, especially Wayne Shorter. His duet with Joe Zawinul is worth the price of the CD. The expanded and rearranged "Teen Town" is a treat and half. I hope the Zawinul estate continues to release work as great as this. If you're a Weather Report fan, this album is a must."

Disc 1:
Black Market
Scarlet Woman
Young And Fine
The Pursuit Of The Woman With The Feathered Hat
A Remark You Made
River People
Thanks For The Memories
Delores/ Portrait Of Tracy/Third Stone From The Sun
Mr. Gone

Disc 2:
In A Silent Way
Teen Town
I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good/The Midnight Sun Will/Never Set On You
Fred And Jack
Elegant People
  • Format TypeNTSC
  • Region CodingAll Region
  • LabelMade in Germany
  • UPC885513800909
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