Weather Report (1971 album)

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Weather Report
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 12, 1971
RecordedFebruary 16–18, 22 & March 17, 1971
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerShoviza Productions
Weather Report chronology
Weather Report
Live in Tokyo
Joe Zawinul chronology
Weather Report
Live in Tokyo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

Weather Report is the debut studio album by American jazz fusion band Weather Report, released on May 12, 1971 by Columbia Records. The album was reissued by Sony and digitally remastered by Vic Anesini in November 1991 at Sony Music Studios in New York City.

Liner notes[edit]

Writing on the back sleeve of the album, Clive Davis, the then president of Columbia Records, opines: "There have always been two kinds of musicians-those who create and those who imitate. Weather Report creates. It is that rare thing in music, an original […] Together these gifted young musicians have created Weather Report, a soundtrack for the mind, the imagination, for opening up heads and hearts."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau called the album "In a Silent Way played mostly for atmosphere", and went on to write: "The Milesian demi-jazz of side two sounds pretty finky (no misprint intended), but the tone-poem impressionism of side one does its mysterious work. Highlight: the opening mood piece, 'Milky Way,' in which two Silent Way vets, soprano saxophonist Wayne Shorter and pianist Joe Zawinul, make sounds that suggest a carillon approaching a time warp."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Milky Way"Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul2:33
2."Umbrellas"Shorter, Zawinul, Miroslav Vitouš3:27
3."Seventh Arrow"Vitouš5:23
4."Orange Lady"Zawinul8:44
Side B
5."Morning Lake"Vitouš4:26
Total length:40:05


Credits for Weather Report adapted from liner notes.[6]

Weather Report

Other musicians

  • Barbara Burton – percussion (uncredited)
  • Don Alias – percussion (uncredited)


  • Wayne Tarnowski – engineering
  • Ed Lee – cover design
  • Ed Freeman – cover photography
  • Shoviza Productions, Inc. – production


  • "Jazz Album of the Year", DownBeat Readers Poll.
  • Swing Journal magazine Grand Prix Award (a gold record given for winning the Journal's Readers' and Critics' polls).


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Weather Report [1971] - Weather Report | AllMusic". Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: W". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 22, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (July 5, 2012). "Review: Weather Report - Weather Report | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1474. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ a b Davis, Clive (1971). Weather Report (liner notes; LP). New York City, New York: Columbia Records. C 30661.

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