- Released: June 4, 2002
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Q - 8/02, p.1484 stars out of 5
- "...BEST OF does a very decent job of assembling their key elements: atmospheric themes, deeply textured ensemble playing and jaw-droppingly propulsive rhythms..."
Uncut - 8/02, p.1224 out of 5
- "...These reissues are indispensable to the history of jazz-rock fusion..."
- 2.MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER
- 3.BOOGIE WOOGIE WALTZ
- 4.THE ELDERS
- 5.NIGHT PASSAGE
- 6.FREEZING FIRE
- 7.A REMARK YOU MADE
- 8.ELEGANT PEOPLE
- 9.MAN IN THE GREEN SHIRT
- 10.BLACKTHORN ROSE
- 11.BLACK MARKET
Weather Report includes: Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Josef Zawinul (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, guitar); Miroslav Vitous (upright bass); Alphonso Johnson, Jaco Pastorius (electric bass); Ishmael Wilburn (drums); Dom Um Romao (percussion).
Recorded between 1973 & 1980. Includes liner notes by Hal Miller.
Digitally remastered by Mark Wilder and Seth Foster (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
This Bob Belden-produced compilation includes nothing earlier than Sweetnighter and nothing later than Night Passage. A previous Weather Report compilation, This Is Jazz, Vol. 10, reaches back farther, giving listeners "The Moors" and "Orange Lady." While this one is a bit narrower historically, it still serves as a good introduction to an incredible band. (That said, a volume of post-1980 material may not be a bad idea.) Alongside obligatory classics like "Birdland," "Black Market," and "A Remark You Made" are more obscure goodies like "The Elders" from the unfairly maligned Mr. Gone album and "Blackthorn Rose," the marvelous piano/soprano sax duet from Mysterious Traveller. Another thing that recommends this and Columbia's Weather Report reissues in general: meticulous, track-by-track personnel listings, which weren't always made available on the original releases. ~ David R. Adler