My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Heavy Weather is the eighth studio album by the band Weather Report. It was recorded at the end of 1976 and beginning of 1977. The album was released in March of 1977.
What I think: Jazz Fusion has always been a genre I only hear about when it’s being made fun of. That mentality makes be bristle a little and makes me 0hope I’ll love what I hear when I do listen. This album starts with a six minute track titled “Birdland” that made me think just that… It’s a great upbeat song with some really cool use of vocals and hand claps towards the end. I thought, this Fusion thing sounds a lot like a Jazzy version of Booker T and the MG’s.
So I thought, this is great, all those people were wrong… Until you get to the second number, “A Remark You Made”, which is the template for every song Kenny G ever made. It’s absolutely awful. The rest of the tracks aren’t quite as bad, in fact everyone has a little part that was enjoyable, the they still aren’t very good.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Let’s forget we ever heard this one and just move on.
Rating (Out of 5) 1
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (300/385)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%