Weather Report – The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978–1981

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The Legendary Live Tapes: 1978–1981 is a four-CD live recording of Weather Report on Columbia, Sony, released on November 20, 2015. Discs one and three are quintet recordings from 1980 to 1981, while discs two and four are quartet recordings from 1978. Most of the music was recorded on analog tape by the band’s then drummer (and producer of this live album) Peter Erskine and front of house mixing engineer Brian Risner. In the liner notes, Erskine provides insight into Weather Report’s live performances and life on tour via a song by song discussion (Wikipedia).

Joe Zawinul – keyboards; ARP Quadra synthesizer bass (Disc 1 / tracks 1, 3); acoustic piano (Disc 2 / track 1); “Chicken Neck” (Disc 1 / track 8)
Wayne Shorter – saxophones
Jaco Pastorius – fretless bass; drums (Disc 1 / track 1)
Peter Erskine – drums, timpani (Disc 2 / track 3)
Robert Thomas Jr. – hand drums (Discs 1 and 3)