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Live album · 1972

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By WEATHER REPORT

Tracklist

A Medley: Vertical Invader - Seventh Arrow - T. H. - Doctor Honoris Causa 26:12
B Medley: Surucucu - Lost - Early Minor - Direction 19:08
C Orange Lady 18:10
D1 Medley: Eurydice - The Moors 13:42
D2 Medley: Tears - Umbrellas 10:26

Line-up/Musicians

Josef Zawinul - Electric and acoustic piano
Wayne Shorter - Saxophones
Miroslav Vitous - Bass
Eric Gravatt - Drums
Dom Um Romão - Percussion

About this release

CBS/Sony – SOPJ 12-13-XR(Japan)

Recorded on January 13, 1972 at Shibuya Philharmonic Hall, Tokyo

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Sean Trane
The only live release from the first era of WR, the Vitous-era, the one I consider the most essential and certainly the most adventuresome. Not exactly graced with a fantastic artwork, Live In Tokyo was recorded January 13, 1972, and part of this concert was used to make I Sing The Body Electric (WR’s second effort) and unfortunately we have these tracks reproduced here again. Although the latest Cd reissue counts this as a ’72 release, the vinyl release was from 77, and the first era was long-gone history, so this double use was not scandalous to many as there was a whole new generation of fans that started in the Pastorius era with Black Market and Heavy Weather.

Starting on a drum solo is not the easiest thing, even for confirmed fans, but that’s how it starts, this first sidelong medley (as opposed MD’s sidelong improvs) that can be called Seventh Arrow, featuring excerpts of the tracks on their debut album. So while MD’s cohorts are engaging a completely improvised adventure, WR is indeed taking liberties but wanted the public to recognise where they are, something Miles couldn’t have cared less, especially since the crowds seemed to follow. With this in mind, Zawinul and Vitous made sure that the most recognisable elements of their studio recordings were heard by the public, which of curse is always appreciable for the audience. The second disc starts on the sidelong Orange Lady, which I must say is the least interesting track of this selection. Eurydice /Moors stays relatively close to the original, while Tears/Umbrellas don’t.

However, in spite of the double usage of one vinyl side, the album is much worth RW’ first hour fans’ time and investment. The Seventh Arrow medley is superb, presenting a slightly different facet of the quintet, and the two medleys on the second disc (side 4, if you wish)

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