The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978–1981

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The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981
The Legendary Live Tapes 1978–1981 cover.jpg
Live album by
Released20 November 2015 (20 November 2015)
RecordedJune 23, 1978 – June, 1981
GenreJazz fusion
LengthTotal: 247:35
Disc One: 61:16
Disc Two: 60:45
Disc Three: 63:02
Disc Four: 62:32
LabelColumbia, Sony Legacy
ProducerPeter Erskine, Tony Zawinul (executive)
Weather Report chronology
Forecast: Tomorrow
(2006)
The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978-1981
(2015)

The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978–1981 is a four CD live recording of Weather Report on Columbia, Sony, released on 20 November 2015. Disc One and Three are quintet recordings from 1980–81, while Disc Two and Four are quartet recordings from 1978. Most of the music was recorded on analog tape by the band’s then drummer (and producer of this live album) Peter Erskine and front of house mixing engineer Brian Risner. In the liner notes, Erskine provides insight into Weather Report’s live performances and life on tour via a song by song discussion.

Track listing [1][edit]

Disc One
Track Title Composer Track Length Date Recorded Lineup Venue
"8:30" Joe Zawinul 2:19 June, 1980 Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius Osaka Festival Hall, Japan
"Sightseeing" Wayne Shorter 7:34 June, 1980 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Osaka Festival Hall, Japan
"Brown Street" Shorter, Zawinul 11:17 1 June 1980 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Osaka Festival Hall, Japan
"The Orphan" Zawinul 1:51 unknown Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. unknown
"Forlorn" Zawinul 4:11 June, 1980 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Osaka Festival Hall, Japan
"Three Views Of A Secret" Jaco Pastorius 7:33 24 June 1980 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan
"Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz" Zawinul 10:58 14 November 1980 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
"Wayne Solo" Shorter 7:34 June, 1981[1] (1 July[2][3]) Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul Eastman Theater, Rochester, NY, USA
"Jaco Solo (Osaka 1980)" Pastorius 7:59 1 June 1980 Jaco Pastorius Osaka Festival Hall, Japan
Disc Two
Track Title Composer Track Length Date Recorded Lineup Venue
"Joe And Wayne Duet" Duke Ellington 8:40 28 June 1978 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter Tokyo, Japan
"Birdland" Zawinul 6:18 28 June 1978 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Tokyo, Japan
"Peter's Solo ("Drum Solo")" Peter Erskine 4:43 November, 1978 Peter Erskine either Long Beach, Santa Monica, Berkeley or Phoenix (24, 25, 26, 28 November[3])
"A Remark You Made" Zawinul 7:34 28 June 1978 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Tokyo, Japan
"Continuum/River People" Pastorius 12:22 1978 (10 November[2][3]) Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Tower Theater, Philadelphia, PA, USA
"Gibraltar" Zawinul 21:08 23 June 1978 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Osaka Festival Hall, Japan
Disc Three
Track Title Composer Track Length Date Recorded Lineup Venue
"Fast City" Zawinul 8:38 June/July 1980[3] Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Japan[4][a]
"Madagascar" Zawinul 17:44 14 November 1980 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
"Night Passage" Zawinul 10:07 14 November 1980 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
"Dream Clock" Zawinul 9:37 14 November 1980 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
"Rockin' In Rhythm" Ellington, Harry Carney, Irving Mills 4:21 14 November 1980[4] Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine, Robert Thomas Jr. Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK[4]
"Port Of Entry" Shorter 12:35 January 1980[4] (17, 18, 19 or 20th)[3] Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine[4] [b]
Disc Four
Track Title Composer Track Length Date Recorded Lineup Venue
"Elegant People" Shorter 9:18 23 June 1978 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
"Scarlet Woman" Zawinul, Shorter, Alphonso Johnson 11:53 23 June 1978 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
"Black Market" Zawinul 13:14 28 June 1978 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Koseinenkin Hall, Tokyo, Japan
"Jaco Solo" Pastorius 8:19 23 June 1978 Jaco Pastorius Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
"Teen Town" Pastorius 8:59 1978 (29 October[2][3]) Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Reading, PA, USA (Astor Theater[2][3])
"Peter's Drum Solo" Erskine 3:59 23 June 1978 Peter Erskine Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
"Directions" Zawinul 6:50 23 June 1978 Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Peter Erskine Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
  1. ^ on Disc Three the information in the liner notes are different from the cover’s Date/Location/Lineup credits, but the recordings make it clear that the liner notes are correct
  2. ^ the possible venues by date: January 17: Premier Theater, Norfolk, VA. January 18: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ. January 19: Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh January 20: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, Pa.[3]

Personnel [1][edit]

Technical:

  • Peter Erskine: Producer
  • Tony Zawinul: Executive Producer
  • Brian Risner: Live Engineer / Editing
  • Rich Breen: Mastering
  • Henry Towns: Project A&R
  • Jim Lane: Product Direction
  • Tara Master: Project Direction
  • Jeff Gilligan: Art Direction, Design
  • Shigeru Uchiyama: Cover Photo

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Jazz Albums 7
US R&B Albums 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c as on album cover
  2. ^ a b c d "Weather Report Tourography". Archived from the original on 11 February 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "COME ON COME OVER! With your help I will... - The Jaco Pastorius Gig List". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e as in the liner notes