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Banana Wind

Jimmy BuffettAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: June 4, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Margaritaville Records / MCA
  • ASIN: B000002P1B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On this release, Banana Wind, Buffett continues in the light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the beach-bum lifestyle that has made him a hero to tens of thousands of his "Parrothead" fans. Combining country-rock and calypso into his signature sound, the singer-songwriter advises all of us caught up in the rat race that we need to "take a holiday, grab a pack, and hit the trail, take a sail, and wind up in some moonlit bay." Early in his career Buffett was able to re-create the tension of everyday life before he released it with considerable gusto in a sun-filled fantasy. These days, however, he seems so out of touch with ordinary lives that he can't build much tension at all, and as a result his songs are so laid-back that they never quite get off the mat. --Geoffrey Himes

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Staying Power October 3, 2004
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Recently, I have become fascinated with a series of Buffett albums from the 1990's. I started out listening more closely to Barometer Soup, then Fruitcakes, and now Banana Wind. Really, in contrast to his earlier works, or "hits", these songs have a real amount of emotional depth. Buffett's songwriting has come a long way from Margaritaville. In all of these albums, the musical compositions are beautiful, and the lyrics are very thoughtful and clever. Out of all these I think Banana Wind is the best. There is not a bad song on here. I have been to Key West, Florida multiple times and I have noticed that, if I'm in a bar or restaurant that is playing a recording of Jimmy Buffett, it is usually Banana Wind. The thought that residents and employees who are all surely sick of even hearing the name Jimmy Buffett, can still listen and enjoy this album, is a true testament to its greatness.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat underrated album with a Cuban feel April 28, 2006
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I believe there are 2 kinds of Jimmy Buffet fans: (1) Those who grew up in the 70's before all this Parrothead stuff and believe with all their hearts that Mr. Buffet hasn't done anything really worthwhile since the early 80's. (2) The Parrotheads themselves, who bestow adulation on anything the man does, musically, or otherwise.

I am neither of these.

I like good music, and I feel there are several Buffet albums, old and not-so-old, that fit into this category. BANANA WIND distiguishes itself by being as close to a concept album as Buffet has probably ever done. Most of the songs have an unmistakable Cuban vibe. And most of them are about living the Good Life and Having Fun.

But. . .and I think both types of fans will agree. . .Buffet's greatest strength has always been as a songwriter. He's an observer, often a casual one, of the human condition. And he's shamelessly, relentlessly, old-fashioned. "Are we destined to be ruled/By a bunch of old white men/Who compare the world to football/And are programmed to defend?" he wonders in ONLY TIME WILL TELL, an opening statement still, ironically, quite fresh 10 years after it was recorded. His bitterness continues on OVERKILL, this time aimed at a recording industry that (at the time, remember Jimmy's first-ever Grammy award was still 7 years away) has either ignored or treated him with disdain for decades: "A million here, a million there/A mindless corporate dance/Get paid for fu**in' off/In the South of France."

Not that BANANA WIND doesn't have its share of toe-tapppin' overtures to Buffet's patented beach-bum lifestyle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy's still got it April 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I noticed some of the people bashing this album but for me , Mr. Buffett has remained the same as he has been through the years . This album needs to be listened to more than once to make an educated review of the album . When I first listened to it I must confess , it wasn't the best one I've heard but when you sit back and listen to the words and the sound of the the steel drums you gain a different view of this piece . There are several songs that will stick out but when you listen to "False Echoes" you wll realize this is one of his best works EVER . This song was a tribute to his father and I have never heard a song that was so deep and sincere . I have heard that he will never play this song during a concert because it means so much to him , personaly , and if you listen to it you will realize that this is one of his greatest works . I hope you enjoy this album as much as I have . You will not be dissapointed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I've always been a casual fan of Buffett, but this album is truly an enjoyable, pleasant piece of work. It's songs are instantly hummable, with sometimes cheesy, but lovable lyrics. To all you Parrotheads, don't overanalyze the man, just enjoy his stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Top This April 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I just can not understand the two or three bashers of this album. Where is it so different from Buffett's other work. Face it people, all of Jimmy Buffett's recordings are great. Like all the others, this is relaxing to listen to with the sensual steel drums and the amsuing lyrics that only Jimmy can bring us. Only Time Will Tell and Jamaica Mistaca are the ultimate way to start off a record as theya re among Jimmy's best tunes. Bob Roberts Society Band is another number that stands out. What makes Jimmy great is that he sticks to writing from the heart and always varies his styles and subject matters. However, this ranks near his best work of A1A and Son Of A Sailor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite buffett disc March 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The first time I listened to this disc after buying it 3 years ago, I hated it. But as I listened more, it grew on me and I now consider it to be my favorite of all Jimmy's works. I love the island sound and Jimmy pulls offa nice switch in tempo from the slower, country sound that he reverts back to on his newer CD, Beach House on the Moon.
It's impossible to put any one CD by Jimmy in place among the 20 - something years of music he has made, and every fan has their own particular favorites that don't jibe with other people's, but for me, "Only Time Will Tell" ranks up there with "Cowboy in the Jungle" and "One Particular Harbor" as the best individual songs Jimmy has made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs
Jimmy Buffett's songs and music always deliver. I really like listening to him in my car to make the trip more enjoyable.
Published 3 months ago by Philip D. McGaughey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This Buffett CD is a little different from his others. It has an island type style/theme to it and it is relaxing and terrific.
Published 3 months ago by M. A. Killion
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Makes you feel you are back in the caribbean enjoying all the great islands and warm breezes. Well worth the price.
Published 4 months ago by Valley City Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album but not fantastic...
First Buffett album I ever remember having an instrumental track, Banana Wind, and I think its my favorite track on the album. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John B. Holladay
5.0 out of 5 stars So Far,My Favorite CD By Buffett!
I loved this Cd,and don't know why I hadn't heard it before!

I liked all the songs,and especially the steel drums...........
Published 9 months ago by PFB
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to Like :)
Love Love Love Jimmy Buffett. This is a great album that I enjoy playing over and over. Ready to sail in the wind.
Published 9 months ago by S. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Banana Wind
As all previous comments Jimmy Buffet is one hell of a god given talent
Not one dud song on any of his albums
Published 11 months ago by TREACY LOCKIE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I had this CD before and listend so much I had to buy annother because it was scratched so much, This seller was fast and accurate with everything. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jimmy
Since I don't have all of Buffett's work, I don't know what's new and what's not. I just enjoyed the album, especially the hidden track! Read more
Published 12 months ago by E.D. Trimm
5.0 out of 5 stars Island feel
Fantastic cd. Gives you The feeling that your on the beach somewhere under the shade of a palm tree with s cocktail in your hand .
Published 18 months ago by Kade
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