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I Sing the Body Electric Import

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  • Audio CD (14 April 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000024DYJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,572,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Weather Report, formed in 1970, grew out of the electric rock experiments of the Miles Davis Band typified by the In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew albums. The two leaders, Joe Zawinul on keyboards and tenorist Wayne Shorter and their percussionist Airto Moreira had all been in Davis's bands. Weather Report lasted for 15 years of spectacular music, but it is in their earlier albums such as this one from 1971 that the fundamental impact they had on jazz is best displayed. The band used sophisticated electronic trickery in the studios and, deprived of some of this on the road, it substituted fiery and far out playing in concert. Both aspects are shown here, since the spanking "Vertical Invader" medley and Zawinul's composition "Directions" were recorded in concert in Tokyo, whilst the other tracks were done in the studio. Zawinul always wrote powerful themes and the four included here are good examples. Shorter has another three, and Miroslav Vitous, the band's virtuoso bassist wrote "Crystal", a delicate piece that makes fine use of Shorter's soprano and of the apparently endless effects that Zawinul was able to create. Stimulating and imaginative music that looks as though it will survive the passing of the years. --Steve Voce

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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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'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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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!

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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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Weather Report. Nuff said.
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