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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!
Rolling Stone magazine's original review (1972) stated that "the Sgt Pepper age of jazz is now upon us". True. This is Weather Report's first bona fide masterpiece and one of my desert island discs. It was also the first time the wider world heard Ralph Towner, whose introduction to Shorter's "The Moors" is still jaw-dropping today. How did he know? The album also...
Published on 8 Dec. 2006 by J. MILLER

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3.0 out of 5 stars Icy but respectable.
While this album is great in the sense that it is a progression from Weather Report's first album, 'I Sing The Body Electric' just doesn't excite me in the same way. In fact, not even close!

But it's still very respectable jazz fusion, particularly the studio tracks that would have been side one on the original vinyl. They have an iciness and large scope that...
Published on 19 Feb. 2013 by Alexander J. Dunn


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!, 8 Dec. 2006
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J. MILLER "JohnM" (Farnham, Surrey) - See all my reviews
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Rolling Stone magazine's original review (1972) stated that "the Sgt Pepper age of jazz is now upon us". True. This is Weather Report's first bona fide masterpiece and one of my desert island discs. It was also the first time the wider world heard Ralph Towner, whose introduction to Shorter's "The Moors" is still jaw-dropping today. How did he know? The album also features Eric Gravatt, possibly the most original drummer Weather Report ever had and certainly the most aggressive. The album is divided into a studio side with four brilliantly arranged and realized compositions, and a riveting live side edited from the first disc of the "Live in Japan" double. Cutting edge in 1972 and still sounds good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Weather Report..., 15 May 2013
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'I Sing The Body Electric' builds upon the jazz-rock experiments of the Miles Davis albums like 'Jack Johnson', 'In A Silent Way' and 'Bitches Brew'. But where some of Miles albums like 'Live at the Fillmore' and perhaps 'Pangaea' ramble on a tad,this set packs a powerful, compact punch.Combing exotic densely textured musical themes with the adrenalin of rock and the pulse of funk, the music has an inventiveness and momentum that is not to be denied.And whilst the music is 'accessible' it is a far way away from the groups later work on outings such as 'Heavy Weather'. So if you are looking for the poppier jazz of Weather Report, this is a disc to avoid.

Buy this album if you enjoy the sound of a band that is exploring all of its potential. Zawinul's groundbreaking use of multiple synth textures, the heavy use of exotic percussion and vocal overdubbing mixed up with Shorters' quixotic sax perambulations make for a sound that is at once exciting and very driven,especially on the live tracks. 'I Sing The Body Electric' is also real attempt at using the studio as an additional musical tool, hence it sounds very focused but full of interesting sonic incident,mood and colour.For amongst the groove and complex tune structures there are also more delicate matters to attend to.For instance,the brilliant guitar intro by Ralph Towner on 'The Moors' and the limpid sound-scape that is 'Crystal' both of which make for a fascinating listen.

Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I SING THE ELECTRIC PIANO., 20 Feb. 2014
This is were it starts for me after Miles Davis.
The first mature and developed true jazzrock album with the Waynes way out sax ,Joes way out electric piano works and Miroslavs bass and Erics drumming par excellent and the great album cover to go with the music which captures the Jazzrock atmosphere perfect.

shame the live stuff on side two was not recorded in the studio, but the live side does add the charm to the rest of the album.

BUY THE BODY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never........, 18 Aug. 2013
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I distinctly recall meaning to buy this when it first came out (to very good reviews) but never quite got round to it - lots of seminal albums to collect at that time. What a mistake!! and what a tremendous piece of work I have been missing out on - all pretty damn far out and timeless - could have been made yesterday (or next year) - don't hesitate, buy this now!

Adrian P
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3.0 out of 5 stars Icy but respectable., 19 Feb. 2013
While this album is great in the sense that it is a progression from Weather Report's first album, 'I Sing The Body Electric' just doesn't excite me in the same way. In fact, not even close!

But it's still very respectable jazz fusion, particularly the studio tracks that would have been side one on the original vinyl. They have an iciness and large scope that is intriguing even if they are a little forbidding. I just don't think the album benefits from the inclusion of live tracks as a second half. I'm all for experimentation with different juxtapositions but this one just doesn't work too well.

I think I am still too biased by my love of Weather Report's first album to give a truly objective view of this album but I can safely say that I don't think it has the same sense of excitement or originality.
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