AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head
ORG Original Recordings Group - ORG113
180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 45RPM - Two Disc - Pressed at RTI
Analogue Mastered By Bernie Grundman - 2,500 Numbered Ltd Edition
PC 34418 Columbia / ORG113-45 - ORG Orginal Recordings Group
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the January 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
One of TONEAudio Magazine's 2012 Best Audiophile Pressings!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI on HQ-180 Vinyl
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ORG’s pressing is silky smooth, the percussion is more listenable and handclaps natural, no longer sounding like someone beating a stick against a wall. Shorter returns to playing with the band, and overall balance is restored. The added dynamics gleaned from spreading the recording out onto a pair of 45RPM discs brings out new feelings of excitement. Pastorius’ bass riffs snarl with authority, Shorter’s sax flows through the soundstage, and the rest of the players’ contributions disclose the presence of a spaciousness this recording never had before. Another triumph from ORG. -Jeff Dorgay Toneaudio
Weather Report’s biggest-selling album is that ideal thing, a popular and artistic success – and for the same reasons. Released just as the jazz-rock movement began to run out of steam, this landmark album proved that there was plenty of creative life left in the idiom. This powerhouse super group, comprised of Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Alex Acuna and Manolo Badrena, delivered their only certified-Platinum release with this killer cut.
The album features the jazz standard "Birdland" and was Columbia's best-selling jazz albums. "When a 45rpm reissue of Weather Report's Heavy Weather arrived, it went right on . I haven't played the original in way too many years, but I thought I knew Joe Zawinul's "Birdland" pretty well from hearing it often when it was first issued, in 1977. But I really did not know "Birdland"!
This reissue produces an exceptionally wide stage with ear-popping three-dimensionality. It sounds as if the recording engineer and mixer were purposely manipulating certain elements in order to produce such vivid dimensionality. Instrumental separation was also pronounced." - Michael Fremer, Stereophile December 2011,
ORG has meticulously re-mastered the tapes to 45 rpm analog vinyl with dazzling results. Despite the electric nature of the instruments, the tones are rich and warm. The variety of synthesizer runs is rendered with pristine clarity. Whether an individual note or a textured overdub, the sound quality is distinctive and eminent. Shorter’s saxophone, and in particular the soprano, is subtle and without any shrillness.
Pastorious’ bass has separation from the rhythm section, and is rendered with maximum detail. The overall mix is impressive as each instrument establishes an individual resonance with virtually no distortion." - Robbie Gerson, .audaud.com,
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Joe Zawinul – piano, synthesizers, Rhodes piano, melodic; guitar, tabla, vocals;
Wayne Shorter – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone;
Jaco Pastorius – bass, mandocello, drums, steel drums;
Alex Acuna – drums, congas tom tom, hand clap;
Manolo Badrena – tambourine, congas, vocals, congas, percussion)
Heavy Weather was the seventh release for Weather Report. It would prove to be their greatest commercial success, rising to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and earning the Downbeat Magazine Album Of The Year. The core of the prior ensembles was comprised of keyboardist Joe Zawinul (Cannonball Adderly) and saxophonist Wayne Shorter (Art Blakey). Both contributed to the electric reincarnation of the Miles Davis Quintet as a fusion jazz artist, and established themselves as superior jazz composers. For this landmark album, bassist extraordinaire Jaco Pastorius joined the group, creating a third “voice” in instrumental playing and composition.
Shorter contributes two originals that pursue a different approach. “Palladium” lays down a Latin groove as the band executes an integrated cohesion. The soprano and synthesizer/electric piano riffs are infectious. The second composition (“Harlequin”) injects a romantic, ethereal theme, but maintains a solid underlying percussion. With synth and soprano, Zawinul and Shorter build a crescendo-filled repeat that is hypnotic and reminiscent of big band dynamics. Pastorius excels on “Teen Town (an original as well), doubling on bass and drums.
This track has a pulsating beat that is launched by a fiery bass solo. Percussionist Manolo Badrena provides a deft touch on congas. A pulsating rhythm envelops the other Pastorius cut, “Havona”. The combination of fusion drum beat (courtesy of Alex Acuna) and up tempo funk with key shifts embraces the aesthetics of modern electric jazz. Acuna and Badrena are showcased on the self-penned Rumba Mama.
Side A: Birdland; A Remark You Made
Side B: Teen Town; Harlequin
Side C: Rumba Mama; Palladium
Side D: The Juggler; Havona