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Live In Tokyo by Weather Report
Released: Sep 1972
Label: Columbia
Weather Report is one of the groups blamed for turning fusion into vapid pop jazz. This is true. However, their early output, particularly this stunning live set recorded in January 1972, is anything but pop. The group really, truly smokes, and for extended stretches. Not a single piece falls short of 10 minutes. The longest, the 26-minute "Medley: Vertical Invader / Seventh Arrow / T.H. / Doctor Honoris Causa," is a juggernaut in harsh textures, fractured grooves and fearless exploration. Folks who are familiar only with the band's later albums will surely be blown away by this one.
Justin Farrar
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