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Heavy Weather
Weather Report-Heavy Weather.jpg
Studio album by Weather Report
Released March 1977
Recorded Late 1976 – Early 1977 at the Devonshire Sound Studios in North Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 37:39
Label Columbia
Producer Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter
Weather Report chronology
Black Market
(1976)
Heavy Weather
(1977)
Mr. Gone
(1978)

Heavy Weather is the eighth album by Weather Report, released in 1977 through Columbia Records. The release originally sold about 500,000 copies; it would prove to be the band's most commercially successful album. Heavy Weather received a 5-star review from Down Beat magazine and went on to be voted jazz album of the year by the readers of that publication. It is the band's second album with bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Featuring the jazz standard "Birdland", the album is one of the best-sellers in the Columbia jazz catalog. This opening track was a significant commercial success, something not typical of instrumental music. The melody had been performed live by the band as part of "Dr Honoris Causa", which was from Joe Zawinul's eponymous solo album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Contemporary
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone (Not Rated)[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

Dan Oppenheimer in a June 1977 review for Rolling Stone felt the band had moved from their earlier music, losing a lot of the space, melodies and airy feel that marked them out from other jazz rock bands, but gaining a new bassist who "has been instrumental in developing their busier, talkative style", and that while their music previously "went up and up only; becoming more ethereal as it went; the new bottom makes all the difference in the world".[1]

Legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Legacy
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
Artistdirect 5/5 stars[4]

Richard Ginell commented in a retrospective review for Allmusic that it was released "just as the jazz-rock movement began to run out of steam", however he felt that "this landmark album proved that there was plenty of creative life left in the idiom."[3]

In February 2011, Heavy Weather was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.[5]

The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Birdland"   Zawinul 5:57
2. "A Remark You Made"   Zawinul 6:51
3. "Teen Town"   Pastorius 2:51
4. "Harlequin"   Shorter 3:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rumba Mamá"   Badrena, Acuña 2:11
2. "Palladíum"   Shorter 4:46
3. "The Juggler"   Zawinul 5:03
4. "Havona"   Pastorius 6:01

Personnel[edit]

Weather Report
Production

Chart positions[edit]

Year Country Chart Peak
position
1977 Sweden Album[6] 40
1977 U.S. Billboard 200[7] 30
1977 U.S. Jazz Albums[7] 1
1977 U.S. R&B Albums[7] 33

Release history[edit]

The album was first released in LP format worldwide throughout Columbia Records, CBS Records, Sony Records, and other minor record labels. In 1984, it was first released in CD format in the U.S. on Columbia Records. In 1992, the album was remastered, and, in 2002, published in Super Audio CD format.[8]

See the table below for a more comprehensive list of the album releases.[8]
Year Format Label Country Note
1977 LP Columbia (PC 34418) Canada, U.S.
CBS, Sony (25AP 357) Japan
CBS ([CBS ][S ]81775) Italy, Netherlands, UK, U.S.
Suzy (CBS 81775/P 1977) Yugoslavia Published as Heavy Rain
CBS (SBP 234974) Australia
1979 Supraphon, CBS (1115 2490) Czechoslovakia Published as Weather Report
1981 Columbia (HC 44418) U.S.
1983 CBS (CBS 32358) Europe
1984 CD Columbia (CK 34418) U.S.
1991 Columbia (468209 2)
1992 Columbia (CK 47481) Remastered
1994 CD, Gold CD Columbia, Legacy, Master Sound (CK 64427)
1997 CD, MD M] 65108), (01-065108-10) Europe, U.S.
2002 SACD Columbia, Legacy (CS 65108) U.S.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oppenheimer, Dan (1977). "Heavy Weather : Weather Report : Review : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ a b Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Heavy Weather - Weather Report". AllMusic. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Heavy Weather by Weather Report". ARTISTdirect.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sterdan, Darryl [QMI Agency] (February 13, 2011). "Ramones get lifetime achievement". Conoe.ca. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Weather Report - Heavy Weather". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Heavy Weather > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Weather Report – Heavy Weather". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 

External links[edit]


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Audio Media International
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 02:33:06 -0800

Examples of this would be the 'forward' sound on the 1977 Heavy Weather album by Weather Report, also the (for me) slightly overcooked top end of The Mavericks' track Dance The Night Away, combined with its well-balanced sub thump. Ahead of delivery ...

BLABBERMOUTH.NET

BLABBERMOUTH.NET
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:41:22 -0800

Through his critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut album, his work with break-through fusion/jazz group WEATHER REPORT, whose "Heavy Weather" album is one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and his collaborations with singer/songwriter ...

BLABBERMOUTH.NET

BLABBERMOUTH.NET
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:50:55 -0800

Through his critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut album, his work with break-through fusion/jazz group WEATHER REPORT, whose "Heavy Weather" album is one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and his collaborations with singer/songwriter ...

BLABBERMOUTH.NET

BLABBERMOUTH.NET
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 08:33:39 -0800

Through his critically acclaimed self-titled solo debut album, his work with break-through fusion/jazz group WEATHER REPORT, whose "Heavy Weather" album is one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and his collaborations with singer/songwriter ...

PanOnTheNet.com

PanOnTheNet.com
Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:09:59 -0700

In the meantime, school is first and foremost on her mind - it was a Berklee assignment to study Weather Report's Heavy Weather album which occupied her immediate attention. In spite of her tender years she is an experienced veteran panist with a host ...

Huffington Post (blog)

Huffington Post (blog)
Thu, 08 Mar 2012 09:24:14 -0800

The set concluded with the Jaco Pastorius burner from the Heavy Weather album, "Teen Town," which is also on the latest album. Bassist Martin Wind had to play the formidable bass line on his contra bass, which he did flawlessly. Versace's organ started ...

Grateful Web

Grateful Web
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:29:05 -0800

Now considered a jazz standard, the song was first performed on the fusion band's Heavy Weather album from 1976. It has been with String Cheese Incident since their early days. After some heavy hitting changes and jamlets, the band concluded the ...

All About Jazz

All About Jazz
Thu, 12 Oct 2006 23:06:54 -0700

"Havona" is from the Heavy Weather album (Columbia, 1976) and is more of an elastic groove-oriented piece, more along the lines of the early music of guitarist Pat Metheny. The piece also features Shorter on soprano saxophone and Jaco Pastorius on ...
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