Weather Report: Live in Germany 1971

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5.0 out of 5 star rating 5.0

COMPOSERS: Weather Report
LABELS: Gonzo Media Group
PERFORMER: Joe Zawinul (keyboards), Wayne Shorter (sax), Miroslav Vitous (bass), Alphonze Mouzon (drums), Dom Um Romao (percussion)


Offering an excellent and major find from the archives of the German TV show Beat Club dating from a year when the band was barely a year old and had only their first, eponymous album in the catalogue, this DVD offers a remarkable insight into the loose, intuitive sets that marked the pre-Jaco Pastorius unit’s style.

Owing as much (but not too much, for those who find the prospect alarming) to free jazz as to the lurking spectre of funked-up prog rock which was to define later pieces such as ‘Black Market’ and ‘Birdland’, this performance is a rare and delightful opportunity to enjoy the band’s early days.


Content-wise there are no extra features (no great loss) and while sound and vision quality inevitably loose a star purely because of the age of the recording, this is in no way a significant issue and certainly shouldn’t dissuade you from grabbing this release right now. Roger Thomas