Header

TALE SPINNIN'

Weather Report

Jazz Rock/Fusion


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Weather Report Tale Spinnin' album cover
3.48 | 71 ratings | 7 reviews | 21% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy WEATHER REPORT Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Man in the Green Shirt (6:28)
2. Lusitanos (7:24)
3. Between the Thighs (9:33)
4. Badia (5:20)
5. Freezing Fire (7:29)
6. Five Short Stories (6:56)

Total Time: 43:10

Lyrics

Search WEATHER REPORT Tale Spinnin' lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search WEATHER REPORT Tale Spinnin' tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Leon Ndugu Chancler / drums, tympani, marching cymbals
- Alyrio Lima / percussion
- Alphonso Johnson / bass
- Wayne Shorter / soprano & tenor saxophones
- Joe Zawinul / acoustic & electric pianos, melodica, Tonto synthesizer system, ARP 2600, organ, steel drum, oud, mzuthra, vocals, West Afrik, xylophone, cymbals

Releases information

LP Columbia PC 33417
LP CBS 80734 (UK)

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
Edit this entry

WEATHER REPORT MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy WEATHER REPORT Tale Spinnin' Music


Heavy WeatherHeavy Weather
Remastered
Sony 1997
Audio CD$2.50
$0.85 (used)
Mr GoneMr Gone
Sbme Special Mkts. 2008
Audio CD$2.96
$3.98 (used)
Night PassageNight Passage
Sbme Special Mkts. 2008
Audio CD$2.96
$3.49 (used)
Weather Report: Live at Montreux 1976Weather Report: Live at Montreux 1976
Multiple Formats · DTS Surround Sound
Eagle Rock Ent 2007
DVD$9.84
$7.44 (used)
The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975The Complete Columbia Albums 1971-1975
Box set
Sony Legacy 2012
Audio CD$26.46
$41.13 (used)
Black MarketBlack Market
Sbme Special Mkts. 2002
Audio CD$2.02
$8.47 (used)
Mysterious TravellerMysterious Traveller
Import
Imports 2002
Audio CD$2.62
$5.77 (used)
Live in Offenbach 1978Live in Offenbach 1978
Remastered · Import
Ais 2011
Audio CD$10.79
$9.30 (used)
8:308:30
Sbme Special Mkts. 2008
Audio CD$2.96
$2.50 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
SELF-TITLED 1982 - Weather Report LP IN SHRINK w HYPE STICKER Jaco Pastorius US $5.99 [0 bids]
1h 58m
1st SELF-TITLED DEBUT 1971 - Weather Report LP Alphonze Mouzon Wayne Shorter US $6.99 [0 bids]
2h 3m
Heavy Weather - Weather Report LP Jaco Pastorius Joe Zawinul Wayne Shorter US $3.99 [0 bids]
2h 9m
Sportin' Life - Weather Report LP Joe Zawinul Wayne Shorter US $4.99 [0 bids]
2h 16m
WEATHER REPORT S/T JAPAN MINI LP CD 1st Edit 1997 OOP RARE!! US $59.00 Buy It Now 3h 2m
WEATHER REPORT Live in Tokyo 1972 JAPAN 1st MINI LP 2 CD 1997 W/Obi US $69.00 Buy It Now 3h 3m
WEATHER REPORT I Sing The Body Electric JAPAN MINI LP CD 1st Edit 1997 W/Obi US $59.00 Buy It Now 3h 4m
WEATHER REPORT Sweetnighter JAPAN MINI LP CD 1st Edit 1997 W/Obi US $59.00 Buy It Now 3h 6m
WEATHER REPORT Black Market JAPAN 1st MINI LP CD 1997 W/Obi US $59.00 Buy It Now 3h 8m
WEATHER REPORT Heavy Weather JAPAN MINI LP CD 1st Edit 1997 W/Obi US $49.00 Buy It Now 3h 9m
WEATHER REPORT 8:30 JAPAN MINI LP 2CD 1st Edit 1997 W/Obi RARE OOP US $69.00 Buy It Now 3h 12m
WEATHER REPORT Night Passage JAPAN MINI LP CD 1st Edit 1997 W/Obi US $59.00 Buy It Now 3h 14m
WEATHER REPORT vintage 1982 Lp SEALED! Jaco Pastorius US $37.46 Buy It Now 3h 29m
8:30 by Weather Report (CD, Jun-1994, Sony Music Distribution (USA)) US $15.00 [0 bids]
US $19.50 Buy It Now
3h 44m
WEATHER REPORT procession Lp RECORD JAZZ 1983 US $9.99 Buy It Now 4h 10m
THE WEATHER REPORT Heavy Weather LP CBS HC 44418 US 1981 VG++ AUDIOPHILE PRESS US $19.99 Buy It Now 4h 55m
Weather Report by Weather Report *New CD* US $2.92 Buy It Now 6h 46m
Mysterious Traveller by Weather Report *New CD* US $3.27 Buy It Now 6h 46m
MUSICIANS ONLY 1980 SEPTEMBER 13TH WEATHER REPORT US $12.81 Buy It Now 7h 9m
WEATHER REPORT - SWEETNIGHTER 2007 JAPAN MINI LP CD US $32.05 Buy It Now 8h 44m
WEATHER REPORT - THIS IS THIS 2007 JAPAN MINI LP CD US $32.05 Buy It Now 8h 44m
Weather Report Heavy Weather Vinyl LP Excellent Condition US $11.99 Buy It Now 9h 23m
WEATHER REPORT - BEDRICH SMETANA: CZECH DANCES, 2ND SERIES - NEW CD US $10.33 Buy It Now 9h 43m
DOMINO THEORY WEATHER REPORT LP PROMO BRAZIL 1984 JAZZ US $15.00 Buy It Now 10h 3m
WEATHER REPORT 1977 Promo 12" Inch MUSICMAGIC US $14.77 Buy It Now 10h 22m
WEATHER REPORT / THE JACO YEARS / VG-LN CONDITION US $4.99 [0 bids]
10h 24m
WEATHER REPORT / THIS IS JAZZ / VG-LN CONDITION US $4.99 [0 bids]
10h 24m
THE No 1 JAZZ ALBUM . Inc ROY AYERS,RONNY JORDAN,NINA SIMONE,WEATHER REPORT Etc US $1.59 [0 bids]
10h 56m
WEATHER REPORT - DOMINO THEORY - Japan disc 1984 - scuffing PLAYS PERFECTLY US $11.49 Buy It Now 11h 10m
WEATHER REPORT - 8:30 [WEATHER REPORT] [CD] [1 DISC] - NEW CD US $5.78 Buy It Now 11h 52m
Job Lot Weather Report (Vinyl Album) US $8.00 [0 bids]
13h
WEATHER REPORT SELF TITLED 1971 UK CBS RECORDS VINYL LP * NEAR MINT JAZZ ALBUM US $15.95 Buy It Now 13h 4m
Weather Report // I Sing The Body Electric US $11.99 [0 bids]
US $15.59 Buy It Now
13h 4m
8:30 by Weather Report (CD, Columbia Jazz) US $6.99 Buy It Now 13h 17m
Sweetnighter by Weather Report (CD, Aug-1996, Columbia (USA)) US $7.99 Buy It Now 13h 18m
WEATHER REPORT**I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC**CD US $5.55 Buy It Now 13h 51m
Mr. Gone by Weather Report US $11.22 Buy It Now 14h 27m
STRANGE JAZZ NEW CD SANTANA, WEATHER REPORT,MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA,MLIES DAVIS ETC US $8.00 Buy It Now 14h 42m
WEATHER REPORT - PLAYLIST: THE VERY BEST OF WEATHER REPORT NEW CD US $12.34 Buy It Now 14h 50m
WEATHER REPORT -BLACK MARKET-VINTAGE VINYL RECORD PC34099 US $8.95 Buy It Now 14h 58m
Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller [Remastered] 24HR POST!! US $9.60 Buy It Now 15h
Weather Report Mysterious Traveller cd [Remastered] US $4.33 [0 bids]
15h 4m
WEATHER REPORT~TALE SPINNIN'~WLP PROMO US PRESS~VERY RARE~ZAWINUL~FUSION~OOP~NM US $73.00 Buy It Now 15h 6m
Weather Report 1971 Columbia LP/ Wayne Shorter/ Joe Zawinul US $3.99 [0 bids]
15h 37m
WEATHER REPORT "HEAVY WEATHER" US $9.00 [0 bids]
16h 18m
Weather Report - Heavy Weather [CD New] US $7.28 Buy It Now 16h 23m
Weather Report - Black Market [Vinyl New] US $27.06 Buy It Now 16h 24m
Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller [Vinyl New] US $33.93 Buy It Now 16h 24m
WEATHER REPORT-MR. GONE-JAPAN BLU-SPEC CD2 D73 US $20.50 Buy It Now 16h 30m
WEATHER REPORT ; MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER (32494) - RARITIES US $6.99 [0 bids]
16h 35m
Weather Report Night Passage ARC Columbia US $8.99 Buy It Now 16h 38m
Weather Report - Night Passage [CD New] US $6.58 Buy It Now 16h 39m
WEATHER REPORT-MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER 1974 COLUMBIA RECORDS LP PC 32494 EXC. VG+ US $4.99 Buy It Now 16h 39m
WEATHER REPORT, Mr. Gone USA 1st pressing EXCELLENT- 1D matrix LP Jaco Pastorius US $2.99 [1 bids]
16h 46m
Weather Report LP Sportin' Life US $5.49 Buy It Now 17h 14m
Weather Report Heavy Weather CD US $4.00 Buy It Now 17h 19m
VINTAGE WEATHER REPORT LP DOMINO THEORY RECORD ALBUM US $1.25 Buy It Now 18h 58m
Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller - Speakers Corner 180 grams SEALED US $34.95 Buy It Now 19h 4m
Weather Report - Tale Spinnin' - Speakers Corner 180 grams SEALED US $34.95 Buy It Now 19h 7m
WEATHER REPORT "NM WAX" 8:30 40AP1640 OBI 2LP AG4281 US $9.99 [0 bids]
19h 18m
WEATHER REPORT "NM WAX" 8 : 30 40AP1640 OBI 2LP AG3334 US $9.99 [0 bids]
19h 19m
WEATHER REPORT Weather Report 25AP2211 LP Ah1028 US $9.99 [0 bids]
19h 19m
WEATHER REPORT Night Passage 25AP1970 LP Ag8228 US $9.99 [0 bids]
19h 19m
WEATHER REPORT Procession 25AP2505 OBI LP Ah6104 US $9.99 [0 bids]
19h 19m
WEATHER REPORT Black Market 25AP57 LP Ah1027 US $9.99 [0 bids]
19h 20m
WEATHER REPORT Mr. Gone JC35358 LP Ah1025 US $9.99 [0 bids]
19h 20m
WEATHER REPORT - Heavy Weather US $4.00 [0 bids]
19h 25m
WEATHER REPORT-BLACK MARKET-JAPAN BLU-SPEC CD2 D73 US $20.50 Buy It Now 19h 42m
Al Jarreuau/Spyro-Gyra/Weather Report/Bob James/Jean-Luc Ponty Lot of 34 JAZZ US $39.00 Buy It Now 19h 45m
Weather Report - Sweetnighter [CD New] US $6.14 Buy It Now 20h 31m
WEATHER REPORT - I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC (MILLENNIUM) [REMASTER] - NEW CD US $16.97 Buy It Now 20h 46m
WEATHER REPORT Heavy Weather 1977 Columbia w/color slv VG++/EX LP Record US $18.99 Buy It Now 20h 49m
Weather Report - Heavy Weather US $9.99 Buy It Now 20h 50m
WEATHER REPORT - LIVE IN HAMBURG 1971 NEW DVD US $21.68 Buy It Now 20h 57m
Weather Report...Mr Gone...LP US $10.00 Buy It Now 21h 7m
WEATHER REPORT Live In Tokyo JAPAN DOUBLE LP W/OBI MIROSLAV VITOUS DOM UM ROMAO US $9.99 [0 bids]
21h 22m
Weather Report (1971) self-titled CD zawinul shorter vitous free US shipping! US $6.00 Buy It Now 21h 29m
I Sing the Body Electric by Weather Report (CD, May-1990, Sony Music... US $3.66 Buy It Now 22h 8m
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER BY WEATHER REPORT SINGLE & MULTI-CHAN SACD. OOP EXCELLENT!! US $32.00 [2 bids]
22h 10m
WEATHER REPORT - "River People" 1978 1st US WL PROMO 7" Single - Stereo/Mono US $19.88 Buy It Now 22h 28m
WEATHER REPORT-DOMINO THEORY-JAPAN BLU-SPEC CD2 D73 US $20.50 Buy It Now 22h 36m
WEATHER REPORT-8:30-JAPAN 2 BLU-SPEC CD2 F83 zd US $29.50 Buy It Now 23h 28m
WEATHER REPORT / STUFF / RETURN TO FOREVER-BEST FUSION GROUP-JAPAN 3 DVD L08 US $48.50 Buy It Now 23h 29m
Weather Report, Heavy Weather. 180g 33rpm Sealed LP US $49.99 Buy It Now 23h 37m
Weather Report - Heavy Weather [Vinyl New] US $16.64 Buy It Now 23h 42m
MIROSLAV VITOUS - REMEMBERING WEATHER REPORT - NEW CD US $19.92 Buy It Now 1 day
Weather Report "Mr Gone" LP jazz Pastorius EX vinyl US $2.97 [1 bids]
1 day
Weather Report - X2 (Heavy Weather/Black Market) [CD New] US $14.92 Buy It Now 1 day
weather report limited edition 2x cd sealed US $42.49 Buy It Now 1 day
WEATHER REPORT i sing the body electric LP VG+ KC 31352 Vinyl 1972 Record US $8.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Lot 4 Jazz LPs George Benson Klugh Weather Report Chick Corea Records Guitar US $10.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Weather Report Tale Spinnin {PC-33417} **EXCELLENT VINYL** US $7.00 [0 bids]
1 day
WEATHER REPORT - X2: HEAVY WEATHER / BLACK MARKET NEW CD US $18.46 Buy It Now 1 day
Weather Report Heavy Weather PC 34418 Vinyl LP Record Columbia US $19.95 Buy It Now 1 day
WEATHER REPORT 8:30 Remastered Double CD (New) US $19.27 Buy It Now 1 day
WEATHER REPORT MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER LP 585 US $8.99 Buy It Now 1 day
The Weather Report - Mayflower - Vinyl LP + Inner Lyric Sleeve US $9.54 Buy It Now 1 day
Weather Report Weather Report Live In Tokyo CBS/Sony ?- SOPJ 12~13-XR NM cond US $38.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Weather Report - Sweetnighter CD COLUMBIA/L US $13.59 Buy It Now 1 day
Weather Report Domino Theory Israel LP Jazz Listen US $10.79 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy WEATHER REPORT music online Buy WEATHER REPORT & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for WEATHER REPORT DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

WEATHER REPORT Tale Spinnin' ratings distribution


3.48
(71 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
41%
Good, but non-essential (34%)
34%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

WEATHER REPORT Tale Spinnin' reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by greenback
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This record contains very good funky jazz music. It still contains some relaxing, floating and experimental moments like on the previous record "Mysterious traveller", but less intensively; it is really disciplined and well structured! The bass and drums can be really fast, like on "Man in the green shirt" and on "Freezing fire". The VERY expressive saxes are omnipresent and they are played quite loud. The songs can be quite rhythmic and very colorful. The keyboards complete well the arrangements and they fully participate to the musical output. There are some primitive percussions too: it gives an African influence to the whole. I would say this record stands between the Eberhard Weber's solo carrer of the 70's and the Frank Zappa's albums around 1970, like Hot Rats, Grand Wazoo and Waka/Jawaka; however, Weather Report has a curious & enigmatic signature that puts them into a class apart.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to greenback (BETA) | Report this review (#93648) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, October 06, 2006

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Fifth album from one of the most successful JR/F band at the time (and since), Tale Spinning is a big improvement over the weak Mysterious Traveller, even if by now the funk-jazz direction (instead of jazz-rock in their first albums) is the main ingredient in their music. While the immutable Shorter/Zawinul duo and bassist Al Johnson, but an ever-changing percussion duo (this time Latino- African), this album veers some more towards ethnic fusion, fusion well depicted in the front and back cover artwork.

The now-usual lightly-prog jazz-funk fusion of Man In The Green Shirt is a good starter, but the following proggier Lusitanos (nothing Portuguese-sounding to me) fails to enthuse me. Much more exciting is the sexy Between The Thighs, which reminisces towards their great Sweetnighter album and even a straight jazz break somewhere around the halfway-mark.

The flipside starts with the Far-Eastern sounding Badia, the one track that really stands out from the rest of the album, and is a bit of a hit and miss affair: there are some average ideas brilliant executed, but also some excellent ideas averagely translated to music. On the whole Badia is very good but fails to convince. The aptly-titled Freezing Fire is again a typical example of hot and cold, hit and miss, and a clear relapse into the poor Mysterious Traveller album's repetitive jazz-funk. Rounding off the album is the Zawinul-penned Five Short Stories, which only features him and Shorter, and is a sleeper.

I may come across as harsh on WR, by saying that TS is just another average WR album (but that also means very good to most other standards than WR's) that most casual could easily do without if they have already a couple of them. While I don't condemn the album (quite the contrary), I suggest that this album is for dedicated and confirmed WR fans, but still a worthy but non-essential album for progheads.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Sean Trane (BETA) | Report this review (#134146) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars This is a disappointment for me after the amazing (and my favourite from them) "Mysterious Traveller". It still astounds me how different this band can sound from album to album. For me the first two tracks sound light and commercial, and I really can't stand poppy Jazz. So they get off on the wrong foot in a big way for me but make up for it with the remaining 4 tracks. Interseting that Zawinul is using a "Tonto synthesizer system" on this record (first three tracks).Tom Ozric told me it's "a custom built synth from Malcolm Cecil / Robert Margouleff of TONTO'S EXPANDING HEAD BAND". TONTO stands for "The Original New Timbral Orchestra".

"Man In The Green Shirt" is light, soft Jazz with the Tontos sounds coming and going. Sax takes the lead before 2 minutes. It settles a minute later with sax still out in front. "Lustitanos" is another mellow and jazzy tune with prominant sax.The sound does get fuller but then it settles again with piano after 3 minute. "Between The Thighs" is for me the best song by far. It quickly builds to a good soundscape. Lots going on after 2 minutes. Nice. Steady drum work here with sax playing over top. I like when it settles after 4 1/2 minutes. Great bass from Johnson 6 minutes in as intricate sounds continue.

"Badia" opens with some atmosphere.The tempo picks up before 3 minutes but it's brief. "Freezing Fire" features some outstanding drum and bass work throughout. "Five Short Stories" is very laid back with acoustic piano, some organ and sax leading the way. I like this one.

Well, of their first 6 studio albums i'd rate this as the fifth best.The "RYM" site rates it sixth. Still this is WEATHER REPORT and they only know how to make good music. 3.5 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#199325) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, January 16, 2009

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Tale Spinnin'" is the 5th full-length studio album by US jazz rock/fusion act Weather Report. The album was released through Columbia/CBS in May 1975. Bassist Alphonso Johnson, keyboardist Joe Zawinul and saxophonist Wayne Shorter are left from the lineup that recorded "Mysterious Traveller (1974)" while Leon Ndugu Chancler is new behind the drums and Alyrio Lima is the new percussionist.

Ultimately "Tale Spinnin'" comes off as a very different album compared to itīs predecessors. The style is still jazz rock/fusion but the tracks are more tightly structured with memorable themes and a more funky rythmic feeling. One of the things I noticed right away, compared to previous releases, is the less adventurous rythm playing. Where earlier rythm sections in Weather Report were wild and adventurous this new rythm section generally seem content with being a backing group for Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul. I miss the sound on the early albums where all instruments duelled for a place in the spotlight. Thereīre also much more focus on latin and African ethnic influences on "Tale Spinnin'" than ever before and even though such influences can work wonders in some cases, they take away some of the bandīs otherwise furious edge. Those influences provide the music a kind of holiday easy listening atmosphere, that generally doesnīt suit Weather Report well.

The musicianship is of course on a high level even though the rythm section sounds really subdued compared to earlier rythm sections in Weather Report. They are still incredibly skilled though. Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul steals the spotlight completely on this album and their contributions are as usual also of a very high quality. Joe Zawinulīs tasteful use of various acoustic & electric pianos and keyboards/synths is stunning to say the least and Wayne Shorterīs more and more melodic and theme based playing is enjoyable too.

"Tale Spinnin'" is not what I expected after listening to albums like "I Sing The Body Electric (1972)", "Sweetnighter (1973)" and "Mysterious Traveller (1974)", which were all incredible albums. Itīs not that itīs a bad album but compared to earlier output itīs simply a bit tame. When you start your album with a theme that sounds like the main theme from "M.A.S.H", you just know that something isnīt right. With that said "Tale Spinnin'" is still an enjoyable and technically strong album (well written if you enjoy the new musical direction, well produced and very well played) by Weather Report and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to UMUR (BETA) | Report this review (#233337) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, August 21, 2009

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
2 stars Tale Spinnin' will never go down as Weather Report's most recommended album. It is too uneven for that and can't seem to make up its mind between the more accessible sound of the opening tracks and the more personal fluid world-fusion style on the album's stronger cuts.

Man in the Green Shirt is a mostly forgettable opener with some light-jazz melodies and sound effects struggling against a nervous-funky rhythm. None of it really works. Lusitanos isn't any better and seems to announce the sort of commercial streamlined jazz direction they would take on Heavy Weather.

With Between the Thighs we're set for more interesting music, the poppy melodies are discarded in favor of more intricate improvisations with great interplay between the soloists. Also Freezing Fire is an energy-fused track but rather pointless. The world music inspired Badia is more mesmerizing. Also Five Short Stories has that Weather Report trademark dreamy-mellow quality of earlier years, only slightly less memorable here.

Three weak tracks and two excellent, one good. Hardly sounds like a three stars and if it's still an ok addition for fans of the band, it's too inconsistent for higher praise.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Bonnek (BETA) | Report this review (#305564) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Review by Isa
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars |B-| A diverse, over-complicated, groovy, and occasionally beautiful work of jazz-fusion.

Tale Spinnin' seems the be considered somewhat of the red-headed stepchild of the group's early work (as in before the famed Heavy Weather, I suppose). As it has been awhile since I've done a review on here, I figured I'd do this one since I should probably give my LP copy back to my old friends (from whom I borrowed it) at some point soon. As this is my first real excursion into Weather Report's music, I don't have other albums for comparison, so this review will be very much focused on the album in it of itself (unlike most reviews on it) in the context my general understanding of jazz-fusion, which is limited but not in ignorance.

I think this bit from the liner notes can tell a lot about the unique variety of jazz-fusion that this particular album might possess: "The harmonies of Tale Spinnin' come from street celebrations, the harmonies of different peoples of different cultures gathering to participate in the most basic and essential of musical activities, song and dance." And as it also says in the liner notes, harmony, for Weather report, is synonymous with music itself, and that dance itself had a lot to do with their mentality in creating the album.

Thus, I wonder how much of the red-headed stepchild praise on this album is really due to the use of dance harmonies with may not be well understood by more heavily "western culture" oriented people, where the traditional harmonic format is sufficiently different, and thus perhaps less relate-able to most of us in America or Europe, not unlike Piazzolla's work with tango (though he had even more western art music influence, for sure). This might just be speculation on my part, but I've been exposed to enough Latin American music to have some foundation in that assertion, I hope.

Anyway, on to my musical analysis: Man in the Green Shirt was, as far as the liner notes say, inspired by an old man in a green shirt dancing off to the side to the St. Thomas Steel Band's performance in the Virgin Islands. Lots of creative, brilliant Latin-American percussion for the whole piece, with some great melodies and song-like solo work on the Soprano Sax by Wayne Shorter, one of the biggest names among jazz Saxophonists. I love the dialogue that he and Josef Zawinul have in the between the saxophone solos. This is definitely a complex and heavy piece of jazz fusion. The album quickly breaks into Lusitanos, which is a slower, more groovy, with a heavily "wah"ed out bass, and thick chords from Zawinul. I think this is a pretty cool and interesting piece, really, and Shorter really sings the sax. There's some pretty crazy, awesome work on the piano by Zawinul, which is a real treat since you don't often hear just regular acoustic piano in jazz fusion, or at least I haven't. Between the Thighs (interesting enough title if I might say so...) is probably my favorite work off the album, starting off with a fantastic, groovy riff from the guitar by itself with lots of wah, and the whole piece is just great in the way it unfolds itself into a real dance-able groove, and I especially like Al Johnson's work on bass. I see why this ended up the longest work on the album, I think the band just really locked into a great vibe about the material for this track, and thus kept jamming on it, adding new great ideas to previous great ideas. Flipping the LP over (I know, aren't I so old school...), the piece Badia has a very folk-ethnic sound, using non-western percussion in a solemn, meditative way, with piano harmonies and acoustic bass bends adding to the meditative sound, eventually with a sweet synth melody, and some instruments I've never heard of, Melodica, Mzuthra, West Afric (??). I'll probably look those instruments up after this review. What's more, the main melody is apparently based on a japanese-influenced melody sang by the drummer, Ndugu. it's a really great, beautiful work of art music, probably among the band's best, I'd expect. Freezing Fire is definitely the opposite of the last trick, starting off with more frantic sort of druming, with some heavy, thick long-tone chords from Zawinul, and to me this piece really is the weakest part of the album, the long-tones just don't compliment the fast playing by the drums and bass, it's just a really weird and overly complicated piece, and even Zawinul's solo playing just sounds really technical and, just "there", not adding much to the appeal of the piece, in my opinion, though he plays around with harmony in cools ways every so often. I don't know what the band was thinking making this piece, let alone what they might have been getting at. The next piece Five Short Stories, luckily, starts off with slow, beautiful piano playing, with some great timbre texture experiments with saxophone and organ. There are no drums in the entire work, just lush playing from the two musicians, Shorter and Zawinul.

I'd say I personally enjoy and respect this album enough the warrant it a bit more credit than many others seem to. I understand why some might find it a difficult album, and it does really stretch the ears of the listener on numerous occasions. [However, the main weakness I find in the album, which I recall finding in other material (here and there) that I have heard over the years, is this, from the liner notes: "The music of Weather Report has always been built upon the foundations of details, on the smallest touches," which I feel that the band, whatever their positive attributes, sometimes really fail to see the forest for the trees, often forgetting about the album - and sometimes even a particular piece - as a whole cohesive work, and focusing a bit too much on complicated details constantly.]

Nonetheless, as an enthusiastic, yet occasional connoisseur of jazz-fusion, this is an album which is I always enjoy putting on to simultaneously groove and contemplate, and I do think it to be an "excellent addition to any prog rock music collection", particularly for the jazz-fusion listener.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Isa (BETA) | Report this review (#900680) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, January 28, 2013

Latest members reviews

5 stars The previous album, Mysterious Traveler, is Weather Report's masterpiece, but Tale Spinnin' occupies more time on my turntable. The music is a virtuousic explosion of colors and emotions: Shorter is at a melodic and expressive peak, Zawinul serves up some of the most organic synthesizer playing ... (read more)

Report this review (#39546) | Posted by | Friday, July 15, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of WEATHER REPORT "Tale Spinnin'"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.57 seconds