I Sing the Body Electric (album)

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I Sing the Body Electric
Studio album by Weather Report
Released May 26, 1972
Recorded November 1971 (A1-A2)
January 1972 (A3-A4)
January 13, 1972 (B1-B3)
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 46:28
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Devere
Weather Report chronology
Weather Report
(1971)Weather Report1971
I Sing the Body Electric
Live in Tokyo
(1972)Live in Tokyo1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(B)[2]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[3]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[5]

I Sing the Body Electric is the second album released by Weather Report from 1972. The album includes two new members of the band: percussionist Dom Um Romão and drummer Eric Gravatt. The last three tracks were recorded live in concert in Tokyo, Japan on January 13, 1972. These tracks have been edited for this album and can be heard in their entirety on Weather Report's 1972 import album Live in Tokyo.

The album takes its title from an 1855 poem by Walt Whitman and a 1969 short story by Ray Bradbury.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Unknown Soldier"Josef Zawinul8:00
2."The Moors"Wayne Shorter4:45
3."Crystal"Miroslav Vitouš7:25
4."Second Sunday in August"Zawinul4:13
Side two
5."Medley: Vertical Invader / T.H. / Dr. Honoris Causa"Zawinul, Vitouš10:40
Total length:46:28


Weather Report
Special Guests
  • Andrew White - English horn ("Unknown Soldier" only)
  • Hubert Laws, Jr. - Flute ("Unknown Soldier" only)
  • Wilmer Wise - D and piccolo trumpets ("Unknown Soldier" only)
  • Yolande Bavan - Voice ("Unknown Soldier" only)
  • Joshie Armstrong - Voice ("Unknown Soldier" only)
  • Chapman Roberts - Voice ("Unknown Soldier" only)
  • Roger Powell - Consultant (synthesizer programming) ("Unknown Soldier" only)
  • Ralph Towner - 12-string guitar ("The Moors" only)
  • Wayne Tarnowski, Susumu Satoh - engineer
  • Ed Lee - cover design
  • Fred Swanson, Jack Trompetter - cover artwork


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "I Sing the Body Electric - Weather Report | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: weather report". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Palmer, Bob. "Weather Report: I Sing The Body Electric : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on June 19, 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (10 July 2012). "Review: Weather Report - I Sing The Body Electric | Sputnikmusic". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 

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