(All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
To all that have been floored by this mythical group, when the mention of the album Mr. Gone usually would bring the biggest frown to even the sincerest of Weather Report fans.
To some Mr. Gone signaled the end to what was a glorious run of brilliance that separated Weater Report from every one of their peers, a run that began with the their brilliant eponymously named first album and ending with the stunning 8:30 live/studio album.
Mr. Gone was not the band's last album per say, (they would produce more albums until 1987) but Zawinul's dominace on this album is so thorough, that it is virtually considered a Zawinul project, and everyone in else on the album were considered session people, even Wayne Shorter, whom suffered from the Steve Hackett against Tony Banks's wall of Sound syndrome on this album, and is virtually render to making ambient noises all throughout most of the songs.
Despite all of the talented musicians on the album, Steve Gadd on one track, Tony Williams on another, Zawinul's synths are so prodominately mixed high on almost every song, you would even know that these virtuosos were on the songs.
And the last track, "And Then" is just horrible...........
Mr. Gone is actually a great album, that have many fans wondering what the band was going through during these sessions, and why Zawinul was the dominant muisian on this album.