Tale Spinnin'

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Tale Spinnin'
Studio album by Weather Report
Released May 1975
Recorded February 1975 - April 4, 1975
Studio Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 43:01
Label Columbia
Producer Wayne Shorter, Josef Zawinul
Weather Report chronology
Mysterious Traveller
(1974)Mysterious Traveller1974
Tale Spinnin'
Black Market
(1976)Black Market1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Tale Spinnin' is the sixth album by Weather Report, recorded and released in 1975, featuring the addition of Leon "Ndugu" Chancler on the drums. Ndugu was recruited after Josef Zawinul heard him play with Carlos Santana. Weather Report was recording next door to Ndugu in the studio, and Chancler was asked to join them for a recording session. That session ended up lasting a week and produced Tale Spinnin'. After the record, Ndugu was asked to join the band as a permanent member, but declined in favor of continuing to work with Carlos Santana.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Joe Zawinul unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Man in the Green Shirt" – 6:29
  2. "Lusitanos" (Wayne Shorter) – 7:25
  3. "Between the Thighs" – 9:33
  4. "Badia" – 5:21
  5. "Freezing Fire" (Wayne Shorter) – 7:29
  6. "Five Short Stories" – 6:56


  • Canadian copies of the album list the tracks in a different order on the inner sleeve, with a seventh track titled "Krampus" added. However, the music heard on the album is the same as on other pressings.[4]


  • Bruce Botnick - recording engineer, mixing
  • Wayne Shorter - mixing
  • Teresa Alfieri, John Berg - cover design


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Tale Spinnin' - Weather Report | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: weather report". robertchristgau.com. 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. ^ Discogs

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