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Live album by
ReleasedAugust 1979
RecordedNovember 1978 and early 1979[1]
VenueSanta Monica Civic Auditorium
GenreJazz fusion
LabelARC, Columbia
ProducerJoe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report chronology
Mr. Gone
Night Passage
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]

8:30 is the tenth album of the jazz fusion group Weather Report issued in 1979 by ARC/Columbia Records.[5] The album rose to Nos. 3 & 47 on the Billboard Jazz Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively.[6][7] 8:30 also won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.[8]


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 was a quartet and would take the stage continuously for around two and a half hours, each of the members taking a solo. 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 with Erskine and Pastorius.

Jaco Pastorius played a notable solo on "Slang"[2] which started with an out-of-time rendition of "Dolores" by Wayne Shorter, then melded a multi-part bass solo using a rack-mounted MXR digital delay, leading into references to "Third Stone from the Sun" by Jimi Hendrix,[2] "Portrait of Tracy" from his solo work, then "The Sound of Music". He finished playing his bass with its own strap.

According to Peter Erskine, the band had planned for the entire album to be live, but an engineer accidentally erased some of the material, prompting the band to go into the studio to record the fourth side.[9]


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

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "The live double their more bemused admirers have waited for years is indeed Weather Report's most (if not first) useful album. But it also defines their limits. This is a band that runs the gamut from the catchy to the mysterioso. Joe Zawinul is the best sound effects man since Shadow Morton. And when he gives himself room, Wayne Shorter can blow."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Joe Zawinul, except where noted.

Side One
1."Black Market"9:47
2."Scarlet Woman" (Alphonso Johnson, Wayne Shorter, Zawinul)8:42
Side Two
1."Teen Town" (Jaco Pastorius)6:03
2."A Remark You Made"8:01
3."Slang" (Pastorius)4:45
4."In a Silent Way"2:47
Side Three
2."Thanks for the Memory" (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger)3:33
3."Medley: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz"9:32
Side Four
2."Brown Street" (Zawinul, Shorter)8:34
3."The Orphan"3:17
4."Sightseeing" (Shorter)5:34


  • Joe Zawinul – keyboards, bass synthesizer, vocoder, percussion
  • Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Jaco Pastorius – fretless bass guitar, percussion, drums on "8:30" & "Brown Street"
  • Peter Erskine – drums
  • Erich Zawinul – percussion on "Brown Street"
  • The West Los Angeles Christian Academy Children's Choir – vocals on "The Orphan"


  1. ^ Bianchi, Curt. "8:30". www.weatherreportdiscography.org. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Meredith, Bill. "8:30". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: W". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 22, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. US: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ "Weather Report: 8:30". discogs.com.
  6. ^ Billboard Best Selling Jazz LPs. 91. Billboard Magazine. November 17, 1979. p. 56.
  7. ^ "Weather Report: 8:30 (Billboard 200)". billboard.com.
  8. ^ "Weather Report". grammy.com.
  9. ^ Glaser, Brian (2001). In a Silent Way: A Portrait of Joe Zawinul. Sanctuary Publishing. pp. 213–214. ISBN 1860743269.