Weather Report: Unknown Soldiers
I Sing the Body Electric (Columbia)
Eric Gravatt (drums), Dom Um Romão (percussion).
Composed by Joe Zawinul.
Recorded: November 1971-January 1972
Rating: 98/100 (learn more)
Joe Zawinul composed this song in memory of an experience as a child when he and his brother found a dead soldier during World War II in his native Austria. From its haunting voice introduction over a swing ride pattern by Eric Gravatt, the mood fits the title, moving through various motifs that invoke a feeling of loss, uncertainty, and closure. Midway through, one understands what a strong impact this childhood experience had on Zawinul. This is my favorite song from Weather Report with Vitous, and shows how visionary Zawinul was with his compositional talents.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley