ARTIST: Jimmy Buffett
TITLE: Living and Dying in ¾ Time
YEAR RELEASED: 1974
CHART ACTION: #176
SINGLES: Saxophones (#105), Come Monday (#30, #58 Country), Pencil Thin Moustache (#101)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The Wino and I Know, God’s Own Drunk
LINEUP: Jimmy Buffett, Reggie Young, Lanny Fiel, Doyle Gresham, Tommy Cogbill, Mike Utley, Sammy Creason, Greg Taylor, Ferrell Morris
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Buffett solidifies his laid-back semi-country slacker persona with his first actual hit single and other pleasant to hear ballads.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Still not a household word, nor anywhere close to it, Buffett’s fourth album finds him trying to mine the country market with limited success. It was the pop and adult contemporary markets that had ears for his songs, especially “Come Monday”.
Except for “God’s Own Drunk”, an old bawdy tale from the British raconteur Lord Buckley, most of these songs mine the same slacker stoned-drunk persona as his first album, though the only real mention of his beloved ocean is on the album cover, not the content.
A few of these songs became fan favorites, and fans know them. The rest of the songs have slunk into obscurity except for the diehards. There’s nothing here that was that much worse than other tracks. It was all…pleasant.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The Wikipedia article for this album is very exacting about the album title as it corresponds to the time signatures of the songs. Yeesh.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: I can’t get too excited by this record, but I can’t say it’s bad. Again, it’s pleasant.