I Sing the Body Electric Import
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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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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.
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.