Category: Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett – Living and Dying in 3/4 Time

ARTIST: Jimmy Buffett                 220px-Living_and_Dying_in_3-4_Time

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.

Jimmy Buffett – A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crusteacen

ARTIST: Jimmy Buffett 220px-Buffettwhite
TITLE: A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #205, #43 Country
SINGLES: The Great Filling Station Holdup (#58 Country), They Don’t Dance Like Carmen, Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit, He Went to Paris
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Why Don’t We Get Drunk
LINEUP: Jimmy Buffett, Steve Goodman, Reggie Young, Doyle Gresham, Lump Williams, Mike Utley, Greg Taylor, Sammy Creason plus other session musicians
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Buffett’s solo career begins anew, after a false start, and finds him moving towards his laid-back beach bum persona that he would perfect.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Buffett’s ‘real’ solo debut (I’ll explain later) finds him mostly working as a country troubadour singing shaggy dog story-songs and few ballads (including one of his most famous works).

At this point, he’s a decent narrator of some wacky adventures, as his ballads are a bit maudlin at times. Yet, “He Went to Paris” is one of his best ever songs, and it’s head and shoulders over the rest of the songs on the album.

This does contain later fan favorites like “Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit” (which is quite underrated) and “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” (which most definitely is not). Fans should know it basically was released for the country market, so there are pedal steels and fiddles abounding.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Buffett had recorded two solo albums for another label (Andy Williams’ Barnaby Records) in 1970 and 1971. These were more in a conventional folk singer-songwriter mode – maybe like James Taylor-lite. The first one, Down to Earth, sold dozens of records, literally dozens. Buffett delivered High Cumberland Jubliee to Barnaby, but somehow they said ‘they lost the tapes’.

Funny how when Buffett became a star, the tapes of that album were found!

One of my good friends who is a Buffett fiend said to pass on those, so I will. They are streaming, so explore at your own risk!

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B: An enjoyable country-rock story and ballad record that set him up for his later successes.