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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 (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,893 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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Very easy listening and it just takes you away to a better place.
Deborah L. Butcher
In all of these albums, the musical compositions are beautiful, and the lyrics are very thoughtful and clever.
Ron Heck
Makes you feel you are back in the caribbean enjoying all the great islands and warm breezes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ron Heck on October 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Gammill VINE VOICE on April 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kevin linkenhoker on April 30, 2000
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on November 13, 2006
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"Wind" is another really strong 90's era album from Buffett. After his mediocre late 80's albums and the lackluster "Fruitcakes" in 94, Jimmy seemed to really get back on track with "Barometer Soup" and "Banana Wind". Some of the best songwriting of his career is to be found on this album that is often overlooked by fans of the Buffett catalogue. I remember around the time this album came out I was sitting in a movie theater and they were playing music over the loudspeakers prior to the start of the film. Usually it is background noise, but this song came on that caught my attention right away. I thought the voice sounded familiar and sure enough it turned out to be the single "Only Time Will Tell" from the then new Buffett album. I don't think I ever heard it again anywhere other than the album, but it is a great song that should have been a hit. There is really only one clunker on the whole album, the song "Mental Floss" that see Buffett trying to be lighthearted and it just comes across as corny to me. The rest of the album is solid with highlights including; "Jamaica Mistaica" which tells the true story of Buffett getting shot at in Jamaica when his plane was mistaken for a drug running plane. "Banana Wind" is a cool and breezy instrumental. "Overkill" has Buffett taking on the music industry with some of the harshest words he has used on disc in years. "Desdemona's Building A Rocket Ship" further explores a character from one of his novels. "Happily Ever After (Now And Then) is another cool little song. For me though, the real highlight of this album is the last song "False Echoes" that was written about Jimmy's father and his struggle with Alzheimer's disease.Read more ›
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