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2.51 | 55 ratings | 4 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Corner Pocket (5:43)
2. Indiscretions (4:03)
3. Hot Cargo (4:38)
4. Confians (Cinelu) (5:03)
5. Pearl on the Half Shell (4:04)
6. What's Going On (6:26)
7. The Face on the Barroom Floor (3:55)
8. Ice-Pick Willy (4:56)

Total Time: 38:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Joe Zawinul / synths
- Wayne Shorter / soprano & tenor saxophones
- Victor Bailey / bass, backing vocals (4)
- Omar Hakim / drums, backing vocals (4)
- Mino Cinelu / percussion, lead vocals (4), acoustic guitar & bass (4)

- Carl Anderson / vocals (1,3,8)
- Alfie Silas / vocals (1,3,8)
- Dee Dee Bellson / vocals (1,3,8)
- Bobby McFerrinn / vocals (1,3,5,8)

Releases information

Artwork: Jerry McDonald

LP Columbia ‎- FC 39908 (1985, US)

CD Columbia ‎- CK 39908 (1985, US)
CD Sony Records ‎- SRCS 9154 (1997, Japan) Remastered (?)
CD Music On CD ‎- MOCCD 13243 (2015, Europe)

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WEATHER REPORT Sportin' Life ratings distribution

(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (33%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

WEATHER REPORT Sportin' Life reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
1 stars 1.5 stars!

Exactly why the WR duo of Shorter Zawinul tried another album so late in the 780's is a bit beyond me. Contractual reasons, sheer stubbornness, lack of hindsight? The only thing this album achieved is to dismantle a bit more WR's legend. With an average stylised artwork, the group has a quartet vocal section (including McFerrin) that is supposed to illuminate the album, but is not used wisely and is present on four of the 8 tracks, plus more of the singers on the other tracks.

This album is an atrocious blend of funk and Caribbean music, mixed with some of the decade's bad ideas in terms of musical habits, although they avoid the worst like those ugly drum machines. But some tracks approach the muzak-level, and when WR dares to have a sung track (Confians), it sounds like a bad joke! And unfortunately, it isn't the only bad one as Pearl On The Half Shelf is atrocious with those synthesized percussions, and if it wasn't for the closing Barroom Floor (the only track not affected by this decade's flaws), the album would be simply atrocious.

Although this album does remain a WR album, (it probably isn't as bad as I tend to describe it), but it is disgraceful compared with the rest of their discography, with the time/era context most likely the prime responsible for such a poor effort. As far as I know, this is their last WR album. Best avoided, really!!

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars "Sportinī Life" is the 13th full-length studio album by US Jazz/ fusion act Weather Report. Now I recently stated in a review of Weather Reportīs "Procession (1983)" album that Weather Report have never made a bad album in their whole career, but I guess itīs been some time since I last listened to "Sportinī Life", because that statement certainly falls flat on itīs face after Iīve taken a listen to this album again.

"Sportinī Life" is jazz/ fusion allright and it sounds unmistakably like a Weather Report album. So far... so good. The problem is that it sounds rather light weigth, stale and uninspired and to top off the not so nice things I could say about the album there is a horrible caribbean music influence in some tracks. Is it really a steel drum I hear? Dreadful IMO. Just take a listen to "Hot Cargo" to hear the worst example on the album. Itīs quite possibly the worst song Iīve heard by Weather Report. There is quite a lot of vocals on "Sportinī Life" compared to other releases by the band, but again they give the tracks a kind of easy listening feeling that makes the music hard to appreciate. I actually couldnīt find one track on "Sportinī Life" that I really enjoyed. The musicianship and production is as usual of high quality though so at least thatīs something positive.

If you think you can enjoy a light weight and easy listening version of Weather Report, "Sportinī Life" might be just your thing. For me this was absolutely the last time Iīll take a listen to the album. Because of the high quality musicianship and production Iīll stretch though and give a 2.5 star (50%) rating.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Sportin' Life came as a breath of fresh air when it was released in 1985, with Weather Report sounding more spontaneous, and Wayne Shorter contributing more than he had on some recent releases. The album followed two of the best releases since 1977's Heavy Weather - 1983's Procession and 1984's Domi ... (read more)

Report this review (#178132) | Posted by DocB | Friday, July 25, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars By the mid 1980's, the subtleties of style and texture so well appreciated by fans of progressive music were largely lost. Digital synthesizers and drum machines had taken over a great deal of the mainstream, while the music being made with organic instruments was often subjected to a grea ... (read more)

Report this review (#80137) | Posted by mootbooxle | Friday, June 2, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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