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Reviews: Weather Report: Heavy Weather

Reviews: 4

Review by junior kelly April 22, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I don't know why this hasn't generated more excitement. This is a fairly great SACD. Among the top 10 in my collection. The music has always been a touch 'bright'--mostly because of the style of the music, the instrumentation and the wide dynamic range of the recording, which even would make my finest moving coil cartridges jump out of the grooves. Huge dynamic swings, bright, midrange/trebly playing at time always made this an electrifying experience in the mode of the best post-Miles, post-Mahavishnu fusion. (The VU meters must have been pinned to distortion during most of the recording...even noticable on LP.) But the more noxius aspects of the brightness have been admirably handled and tamed on this SACD. Still, it is intense and challenging music from Weather Report, but at the same time this is among the most accessible of that group's albums. A little less avant garde than some of their material, it has aged (in my estimation) extremely well, even better than most of the fusion albums of Miles. The cleanness and precision of the recording is exemplary, especially the extraordinarily quiet 'black' backgrounds that allow the music to pop out of a silent background in an often heartstopping way. The remix is quite excellent; not simply a copy of the LP's mix, but to my mind superior. This is far more exciting and vital experience than my original (and subsequent re-master) LPs...and a huge quantum leap over any of the versions available on redbook. Highly recommended.

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Review by DeSelby May 9, 2005 (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
Sonics:
stereo sonics: like on many records of the 70s the sound is a bit thin and sharp, lacks warmth

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Review by StyleAndEntertainmen May 14, 2005 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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What a great CD! This album sounds awesome (given it's age) and even though it's stero "only" it has an incredible sound stage with the sound extending way way out beyond the edges of the speakers. Imaging is picture perfect to, with the performers well placed and solid. The performance is a classic: it's the one to get if you only get one. Lot's synth, sax, and Jaco, too. If you like fusion, or you think you might like fusion, this is the one to get... it's timeless.

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Review by Hitters May 1, 2012
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I owned this recording in LP format in the seventies and used to love it. The music is wonderful, full of excitement and groove. The problem is the sound. I cannot blame the SACD, really, for what I believe is a problem of a very poor master. But I have heard many old masters that do happen to sound miraculously rich and present today, thanks to the gift and craftsmanship of mastering engineers who know how to improve the sound quality and at the same time do justice to the original tapes. Well, this doesn't seem to be the case here. They have probably issued this SACD with no remaster at all!

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