Heavy Weather (album)

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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
Heavy Weather
Mr. Gone

Heavy Weather is the eighth album by Weather Report, released in 1977 through Columbia Records. The release originally sold about a half-million copies which would prove to be the band's most commercially successful album. Heavy Weather received an initial 5-star review from Down Beat magazine and went on to win 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. Its opening track, "Birdland", was a significant commercial success, something not typical of instrumental music. The Birdland melody had been performed live by the band as part of Dr Honoris Causa, which was from Joe Zawinul's eponymous solo album.


Professional ratings
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]


Professional ratings
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]

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


Weather Report

Chart positions[edit]

Year Country Chart Peak
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.


  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. 

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