Mr. Gone (album)

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Mr. Gone
Studio album by Weather Report
Released September 1978
Recorded May 1978
Studio Devonshire Sound Studios, North Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 37:15
Label ARC/Columbia
Producer Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius
Weather Report chronology
Heavy Weather
(1977)Heavy Weather1977
Mr. Gone
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Mr. Gone is the ninth album by Weather Report, recorded and released in 1978. As the group was still looking for a drummer following the departure of Alex Acuña, outside drummers Tony Williams and Steve Gadd appear along with Peter Erskine, who would become Acuña's replacement. Singers Deniece Williams and Maurice White appear on the final track, "And Then." Jaco Pastorius's song title "Punk Jazz" would later become the title for a posthumous compilation of his music.[4]

The record became a center of controversy when Down Beat gave it a one-star review. According to the magazine, "Zawinul, Shorter, et al. have made the controversial music a commercial product; unfortunately [...] Weather Report has over-orchestrated its sound." However, the album was quickly certified Gold and topped out at #52 on the Billboard music charts.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat" (Zawinul) 5:03
  2. "River People" (Pastorius) 4:50
  3. "Young and Fine" (Zawinul) 6:55
  4. "The Elders" (Shorter, arranged by Zawinul) 4:21
  5. "Mr. Gone" (Zawinul) 5:26
  6. "Punk Jazz" (Pastorius) 5:09
  7. "Pinocchio" (Shorter) 2:26
  8. "And Then" (musiс - Zawinul, lyrics - Sam Guest) 3:22


Weather Report
Additional musicians
  • Alex Kazanegras - engineer
  • Dave Mancini - second engineer
  • Nancy Donald - cover design
  • Lou Beach - cover illustration


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Mr. Gone - Weather Report | AllMusic". Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: weather report". Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ "Jaco-Pastorius-Punk-Jazz". Retrieved 21 May 2016. 

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