Weather Report (1971 album)

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Weather Report
Weather Report album-cover.jpg
Studio album by Weather Report
ReleasedMay 12, 1971
RecordedFebruary 16–18, 22 & March 17, 1971
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerShoviza Productions
Weather Report chronology
Weather Report
I Sing the Body Electric
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(B)[2]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[4]

Weather Report is the debut studio album by American jazz-fusion band Weather Report, released in 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."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
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 two
5."Morning Lake"Vitouš4:26
Total length:40:05


Other musicians
  • Barbara Burton – Percussion (uncredited)
  • Don Alias – Percussion (uncredited)
  • Wayne Tarnowski - Engineer
  • Ed Lee - Cover design
  • Ed Freeman - Cover photography
  • Shoviza Productions, Inc.[5] - Producer


  • "Jazz Album of the Year", Down Beat 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. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: weather report". Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Campbell, Hernan M. (July 5, 2012). "Review: Weather Report - Weather Report | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 204. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  5. ^ a b Davis, Clive (1971). Weather Report (liner notes; LP). New York City, New York: Columbia Records. C 30661.

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