Weather Report Procession (1983)

Weather Report - Procession (1983) {Columbia} [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by tiburon at May 17, 2014
Weather Report - Procession (1983) {Columbia} [Re-Up]

Weather Report - Procession (1983) {Columbia}
EAC 0.95b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 257MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 96MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion

A new Weather Report lineup makes its debut here, with Victor Bailey filling Jaco Pastorius' shoes, Omar Hakim on drums, Jose Rossy on percussion, and Joe Zawinul now thoroughly in charge. But contrary to the conventional wisdom which claims that WR went downhill after the departure of Pastorius/Erskine, the new lineup actually recharged WR's creative batteries; the material here is superior to that of the previous two albums at least. Bailey, while not Jaco's technical equal, is mobile enough to project through the texture, and Hakim has the versatility and swinging Third World rhythmic influences that must have appealed to Zawinul. "Procession" itself is a masterly Zawinul tone poem, with moody electronics and voices building to an emotional crescendo and ebbing away, a high point in WR's output.

Weather Report - Procession (1983) {COL 489775 2}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Sept. 25, 2010
Weather Report - Procession (1983) {COL 489775 2}

Weather Report - Procession (1983) {COL 489775 2}
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3u+MD5 | Full Scans 300dpi | 257 MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion

A new Weather Report lineup makes its debut here, with Victor Bailey filling Jaco Pastorius' shoes, Omar Hakim on drums, Jose Rossy on percussion, and Joe Zawinul now thoroughly in charge. But contrary to the conventional wisdom which claims that WR went downhill after the departure of Pastorius/Erskine, the new lineup actually recharged WR's creative batteries; the material here is superior to that of the previous two albums at least. Bailey, while not Jaco's technical equal, is mobile enough to project through the texture, and Hakim has the versatility and swinging Third World rhythmic influences that must have appealed to Zawinul. "Procession" itself is a masterly Zawinul tone poem, with moody electronics and voices building to an emotional crescendo and ebbing away, a high point in WR's output. Even Wayne Shorter's sole composition "Plaza Real" is the most interesting tune he had come up with in a long time. The Manhattan Transfer, the champions of "Birdland," make a fascinating electronically distorted appearance on Zawinul's marvelous "Where the Moon Goes." This is an unjustly overlooked Weather Report treasure, hopefully due for CD reissue soon.
VA - Mysterious Voyages: A Tribute To Weather Report (2005) 2CDs

VA - Mysterious Voyages: A Tribute To Weather Report (2005) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 913 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 356 Mb | Scans included | 02:32:35
Fusion, Post-Bop, Jazz-Rock, Contemporary Jazz | Label: ESC | # ESC 03692-2

This double-CD has 24 different groups of fusion musicians (including some from Europe) paying tribute to Weather Report. Despite the personnel and often the instrumentation changing from track to track, there is a unity to the project and many of the bands sound quite a bit like Weather Report, either purposely as part of the tribute or naturally. The programming is somewhat random and the bands bring back the sound, grooves, and spirits of Weather Report rather than necessarily always sticking to their compositions. All in all, this is a heartfelt and very well-played tribute that can also serve as an introduction to a cross-section of some of today's top fusion musicians, many of whom are not household names yet.
Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977) [Audio Fidelity 2017] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977) [Audio Fidelity 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:52 minutes | Scans included | 1,03 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 821 MB
Mastered by Kevin Gray | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-258

Weather Report were a jazz supergroup formed in 1970, best known outside the jazz world for their hit "Birdland". Heavy Weather is Weather Report’s 7th album, released in 1977 through Columbia Records. It is the band’s 2nd album with bassist Jaco Pastorius. On Black Market, Pastorius played on 2 of the 7 tracks, but here he is a full member of the band. It is on the short list of LP's considered to be the greatest of all Jazz-Fusion recordings.

Weather Report - 8:30 (1979) [Remastered 1994]  Music

Posted by Designol at Oct. 5, 2017
Weather Report - 8:30 (1979) [Remastered 1994]

Weather Report - 8:30 (1979) [Remastered 1994]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 467 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Columbia, Legacy | # CK 57665 | Time: 01:11:35

Weather Report is generally regarded as the greatest jazz fusion band of all time, with the biggest jazz hit ("Birdland") from the best jazz fusion album (1977's Heavy Weather). But the group's studio mastery sometimes overshadows the fact that it was also a live juggernaut – so don't overlook the outstanding live and studio album from 1979, 8:30. This was a rare quartet version of Weather Report, with co-leaders in keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. The bassist was the inimitable Jaco Pastorius, the drummer a young Peter Erskine. Pastorius is otherworldly on early gems like "Black Market," the breakneck "Teen Town," and his solo showcase, "Slang" (in which he quotes Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun"). Shorter is most involved on the CD's slower pieces like "A Remark You Made," "In a Silent Way," and his own solo piece, "Thanks for the Memory"; Zawinul and Erskine shine on the swinging version of "Birdland" and roller coaster ride of the "Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz" medley. Four studio tracks (composing what was side four of the original album version) close 8:30 with a flourish – and some surprises.
Miroslav Vitous Group W/ Michel Portal - Remembering Weather Report (2009) (Repost)

Miroslav Vitous Group W/ Michel Portal - Remembering Weather Report (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 279.08 Mb | 48:02 | Cover
Post-Bop | Label: ECM Records ‎– ECM 2073

On the surface, Remembering Weather Report possesses little in common with the fusion supergroup that Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous co-founded in the early '70s with keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, before being summarily removed on the cusp of greater commercial success. Weather Report was a decidedly electric group; Vitous' is unapologetically acoustic, and doesn't really resemble, musically, early albums including WR's remarkable self-titled, 1971 debut and '72 follow-up, I Sing the Body Electric, both on Columbia. But scratch beneath the surface and there's an intrepid spirit there that pays greater homage than more direct tributes.
Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017] Audio CD Layer

Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977)
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, 2017
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 258 | Time: 00:37:52

Weather Report's biggest-selling album is that ideal thing, a popular and artistic success – and for the same reasons. For one thing, Joe Zawinul revealed an unexpectedly potent commercial streak for the first time since his Cannonball Adderley days, contributing what has become a perennial hit, "Birdland." Indeed, "Birdland" is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band. The other factor is the full emergence of Jaco Pastorius as a co-leader; his dancing, staccato bass lifting itself out of the bass range as a third melodic voice, completely dominating his own ingenious "Teen Town" (where he also plays drums!). By now, Zawinul has become WR's de facto commander in the studio; his colorful synthesizers dictate the textures, his conceptions are carefully planned, with little of the freewheeling improvisation of only five years before. Wayne Shorter's saxophones are now reticent, if always eloquent, beams of light in Zawinul's general scheme while Alex Acuña shifts ably over to the drums and Manolo Badrena handles the percussion.

Xolotl with Daniel Kobialka - Procession (1983) [Reissue 1993]  Music

Posted by gribovar at Dec. 27, 2016
Xolotl with Daniel Kobialka - Procession (1983) [Reissue 1993]

Xolotl with Daniel Kobialka - Procession (1983) [Reissue 1993]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 307 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers - 16 MB
Genre: New Age | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Erdenklang (30652)

Bernard Xolotl is a French synthesist who has worked with Clearlight's Cyrille Verdeaux, which could give some indication of his stylistic direction. Daniel Kobialka is a well known violinist from the bay area, and the author of music that you see in new age bookstores - fluffy, meditation music. "Procession" celebrates the harmonious fusion of violin and viola (played by Kobialka) and the serene, heavenly and uplifting electronic textures of Xolotl. The outcome is of an overall tranquil, spacious and sometimes even romantic nature as the tapestries of melodic cosmic music delicately unfold.
Weather Report - Live & Unreleased (2002) [2CDs] {Columbia} [Re-Up]

Weather Report - Live & Unreleased (2002) [2CDs] {Columbia}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 935MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 304MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion

Live and Unreleased is a compilation of live recordings of Weather Report. The tracks are taken from live performances that took place from November 25, 1975 to June 3, 1983. Since its skill at live improvisation made up a large part of the band's appeal, its perhaps surprising that this is only their third official live recording (the previous two were 1972's Live in Tokyo and 1979's 8:30).

Weather Report - Live & Unreleased (2002) [2CDs]  Music

Posted by tiburon at April 1, 2013
Weather Report - Live & Unreleased (2002) [2CDs]

Weather Report - Live & Unreleased (2002) [2CDs]
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 935MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion

Live and Unreleased is a compilation of live recordings of Weather Report. The tracks are taken from live performances that took place from November 25, 1975 to June 3, 1983. Since its skill at live improvisation made up a large part of the band's appeal, its perhaps surprising that this is only their third official live recording (the previous two were 1972's Live in Tokyo and 1979's 8:30).