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Live album by Weather Report
Released August 1979
Recorded January–February 1979[1]
Genre Jazz fusion
Label Columbia
Producer Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report chronology
Mr. Gone
Night Passage
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+ [3]

8:30 is the tenth and first live album by the jazz fusion group Weather Report. It was recorded live except for tracks 10-13, which were studio recorded. Among other titles, it features a live version of the group's signature piece "Birdland". The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.


The album takes its name from the band's habit of starting their performance at 8:30 pm. At the time of the tour, the band were a four piece who would take the stage continuously for around two and a half hours, each of the members taking a solo spot to give not just a virtuoso performance, but to give the others a break. Wayne Shorter sometimes plays percussion instead of saxophone on stage, and on one of the studio tracks, the calypso inspired "Brown Street", Joe Zawinul's son Erich plays percussion along with Erskine and Pastorius.

The 8:30 tour saw Weather Report at the height of their commercial success, and the playlist leant heavily on the recent successes, "Black Market", "Birdland" and "Teen Town".

Jaco Pastorius played a notable solo, "Slang", which melded a multi-part bass solo using tape loops, leading into references to "Third Stone from the Sun" by Jimi Hendrix, "Portrait of Tracy" from his own solo work, then onto "(The Hills are Alive with) The Sound of Music". He finished off playing his bass with its own strap.

The album was originally a double gatefold LP but the reissue on CD dropped a track, "Scarlet Woman", and was released as a single CD. In Japan, the album has been released as a 2-CD set with all the tracks of the original.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joe Zawinul, except where noted. 

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Black Market"   9:47
2. "Scarlet Woman" (Alphonso Johnson/Shorter/Zawinul) 8:42
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Teen Town" (Jaco Pastorius) 6:03
2. "A Remark You Made"   8:01
3. "Slang" (Jaco Pastorius) 4:45
4. "In a Silent Way"   2:47
Side Three
No. Title Length
1. "Birdland"   7:13
2. "Thanks for the Memory" (Leo Robin/Ralph Rainger) 3:33
3. "Medley: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz"   9:32
Side Four
No. Title Length
1. "8:30"   2:36
2. "Brown Street" (Zawinul/Wayne Shorter) 8:34
3. "The Orphan"   3:17
4. "Sightseeing" (Wayne Shorter) 5:34



  1. ^ discogs.com: Weather Report - 8:30
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r821862
  3. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: weather report". robertchristgau.com. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 

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