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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002PBN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
2. Wonder Why We Ever Go Home
3. Banana Republics
4. Tampico Trauma
5. Lovely Cruise
6. Margaritaville
7. In The Shelter
8. Miss You So Badly
9. Biloxi
10. Landfall

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Greatest hits packages are one thing, but any Parrothead will tell you that to experience Jimmy Buffett's work in its purest form, this 1977 album is the place to start. Includes Margaritaville , of course.

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Buffett sold his promise as a real-world singer-songwriter God knows how many boats ago, but 1977's Changes remains one of his last stands before plunging into a sea of parrotheads, "Fins," and personal empire building. "Margaritaville" was the deceptively lighthearted hit, but Steve Goodman's "Banana Republics" and the title tune also raised an eyebrow at the worlds Buffett encountered in his 100-proof-fueled travels. Yet soon the empire would overtake the wit and ego would subsume his creative reach. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews

This is a definite classic Jimmy Buffett album.
James Baack
Takes me back to thos hot summer days driving to the beach listening to JB on the 8 track YEAH !!!
cableape
Hopefully peoples attitudes will change from bad to good by listening to these songs.
James D. Weinberg

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tom B on October 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful songs, lovely tunes and fabulous singing. There's the famous Buffett good-time party-at-the-beach feeling permeating the tracks, but the high energy comes from swaying, lyrical melodies, not noisy distortion. That's why everyone loves this album. There's "Margaritaville," which is a phenomenon unto itself, but that's just the start. Every track here draws you in with its sweet sounds, smooth rhythms and good times, all perfectly expressed in music. I have later albums by JB and I like them, but not nearly as much. This album is a standout not only for Buffett, but for all albums. It is unique and wonderful. It's music you can play over and over, and still smile and sing along each time you hear it. If you're a Jimmy Buffett fan I don't have to convince you -- you already own this disc. If you're new to JB, this is definitely the place to start.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tim Withee on July 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Look, ask yourself how important the tune "Margaritaville" has been to Jimmy Buffett in terms of identifying him, branding him and flat out making him a multi-millionaire? It was huge, there's nothing to compare with it, save "Cheeseburger in Paradise," but that's on another album. Bottom line is that his brand is "Margaritaville," and it's been very good to Buffett.

Thus, "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," marked the end of his classic period and was the transition album to the persona he was in the process of becoming, so even the album title works in that sense.

Nevertheless, the music on this album is terrific. You could exclude "Margaritaville," too, and it'd still be great. The title tune is one of them, as are "Wonder Why We Ever Go Home," "Banana Republics," concert fave "Tampico Trauma," "In the Shelter," Miss You So Badly," and the great cover of the Jesse Winchester opus, "Biloxi," in my humble opinion, one of his best ever recordings. It's Jimmy at his balladeering best.

On this album, the Coral Reefer Band comes into it's own, too. The Nashville Cats who were his sidemen on previous albums aren't featured as Coral Reefers anymore and Don Gant has been replaced by Norbert Putnam as the producer. Although the personnel of the Reefers has changed over the years (Mr. Utley being the last of the early Reefers still around), Buffett eschewed the steel guitar in his sound, moving to a contemporary rock sound -- including experimenting with instruments not normally heard on rock tunes -- and "Margaritaville," is the classic example of this change in musical direction.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By KEY WEST-the band on March 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album, along with "Son of a Son of a Sailor", are what secure Jimmy Buffett's place in my personal Hall of Fame for music. It's hard to decide which is best to me, but the songs on "Changes in Latitudes" make you feel like you're on a personal guided tour of the Caribbean with Buffett himself. Though I've liked many of his albums before ("A1A" comes to mind) and after ("Fruitcakes") these two back to back masterpieces really illustrate Buffett when he was in a groove that few writers have ever been in. It's almost unfair to him to compare subsequent recordings to "Changes in Latitudes", because no writer can be expected to fabricate his own magic twice in a lifetime. IT JUST HAPPENS! Same thing happened for Springsteen, Elton John, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, etc. If you are a novice to Buffett, please buy this album, and listen to the words. If you are a member of a Parrot Head Club, and haven't listened to this album in a while, please buy it and listen to the words! This album, along with "Sailor" are what inspired me to write songs myself..... Jerry Diaz, Key West-the band
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Moulis on April 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is a joy to listen to from start to finish. The title track is superb, a finely crafted piece of country/folk perfection which cannot fail to impress all who hear it. Another excellent track is Banana Republics, one of the finest songs never to be released as a single. Many people have a snobbish attitude towards Buffett and his fans but he personified the west coast sound and gave a new dimension to feel good music. He represents everything that was good about the 1970s and beyond. This album, by far his best work, is a must have for any serious music fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Baack on April 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a definite classic Jimmy Buffett album. This really captures the mood and true sound of Jimmy and the Coral Reefer Band. There is not a weak track on this wonderful collection of Jimmy Buffett at his strongest period of recording.

I really wish that Jimmys new label would re-release all his work from the 1970's and into the 1980's with all the original album artwork back. MCA released these albums and stripped all the artwork and liner notes and did a pretty crappy job on the packaging. That said, this is still an essential for fans of Jimmy Buffett's music. Put this album on, give it a spin and "Drink it Up".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Footpath Cowboy VINE VOICE on January 28, 2005
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CHANGES IN LATITUDES, CHANGES IN ATTITUDES is where Jimmy Buffett's special outdoors-focused blend of country-rock and Caribbean music reaches its peak of quality. There are many gems here, including, especially, "Margaritaville" and the title song. If you get this one, SONGS YOU KNOW BY HEART, and a few other of his albums, you'll have the essential Jimmy Buffett library.
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