Original Recordings Group Columbia
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the January 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
One of TONEAudio Magazine's 2012 Best Audiophile Pressings!
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
Numbered Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jackets! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!
Weather Report’s biggest-selling album is that ideal thing, a popular and artistic success – and for the same reasons. Released just as the jazz-rock movement began to run out of steam, this landmark album proved that there was plenty of creative life left in the idiom. This powerhouse super group, comprised of Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Alex Acuna and Manolo Badrena, delivered their only certified-Platinum release with this killer cut. The album features the jazz standard "Birdland" and was Columbia's best-selling jazz albums.
"When a 45rpm reissue of Weather Report's Heavy Weather arrived, it went right on the [Rega Turntable] RP3. I haven't played the original in way too many years, but I thought I knew Joe Zawinul's "Birdland" pretty well from hearing it often when it was first issued, in 1977. But I really did not know "Birdland"! This reissue produces an exceptionally wide stage with ear-popping three-dimensionality. It sounds as if the recording engineer and mixer were purposely manipulating certain elements in order to produce such vivid dimensionality. Instrumental separation was also pronounced." - Michael Fremer, Stereophile December 2011, Vol. 34, No. 12
"ORG has meticulously re-mastered the tapes to 45 rpm analog vinyl with dazzling results. Despite the electric nature of the instruments, the tones are rich and warm. The variety of synthesizer runs is rendered with pristine clarity. Whether an individual note or a textured overdub, the sound quality is distinctive and eminent. Shorter’s saxophone, and in particular the soprano, is subtle and without any shrillness. Pastorious’ bass has separation from the rhythm section, and is rendered with maximum detail. The overall mix is impressive as each instrument establishes an individual resonance with virtually no distortion." - Robbie Gerson, www.audaud.com, October 2011
"The soaring, joyous music, peppered with the then new sound of the synthesizer (particularly in jazz) was just what music lovers needed around then after a decade of political misery and economic and cultural decline. It was a fresh, new sound and by the time of this album the group had grown beyond frivolity and into a meaningful exploration." - analogplanet, Music 8/11, Sound 9/11
• Numbered Deluxe Laminated Double Gatefold Jackets
• Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!
• Audiophile 180g, 45rpm Vinyl
• Double LP
• Pressed at RTI
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes!
• One of TONEAudio Magazine's 2012 Best Audiophile Pressings!