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Down to Earth


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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000007S9J
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Christian?
2. Ellis Dee (He Ain't Free)
3. Richard Frost
4. The Missionary
5. A Mile High In Denver
6. The Captain & The Kid
7. Captain America
8. Ain't He A Genius
9. Turnabout
10. There's Nothin' Soft About Hard Times
11. I Can't Be Your Hero Today
12. Truckstop Salvation

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Down To Earth is Jimmy Buffett's debut album. You will find none of the Caribbean sounds that would permeate his future music. He, in fact, had never even been to Key West at the time the album was recorded. What you get is an earnest country-folk affair with songs like "The Christian?", "Ellis Dee", "There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times" and "Captain America" that have a Bob Dylan influence. He shows immense potential especially in the beautiful "The Captain & The Kid". He would later re-record the song, but it shows his eye for detail in lyrics and that storytelling style that he would become famous for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken the man on November 6, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Sorry I missed this one when it first came out. Apart from The early version of "Captain and The Kid" I found this unlike any of his albums I have. More of a Sixties protest album than his later "On the Beach", laid back efforts. An absolute must for those looking for something different from Jimmy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on May 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Never having really fallen for Buffet's more well-known work, it's surprising to hear what his songs sound like in this nearly embryonic, pre-millionaire singer/songwriter phase of his career.
This 1970 debut, recorded in Nashville and originally released on singer Andy Williams' Barnaby label is a wonder of late 60s singer-songwriter folk. Buffett's wit is in surprisingly full flower (given the earlyness of the compositions), including the stellar opening track, "The Christian." Twelve originals in all, with lots of socially conscious (for the times) lyrics. Dated, but aging well.
This is a lot more Simon & Garfunkel territory than Margaritaville raconteur.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew Holt on January 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Those familiar with his later work will notice a stark transformation in style between his first two albums - Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee - and his next effort A White Sport Coat & A Pink Crustacean. This can be summed up by one word; Ocean. His first albums were recorded in Nashville, and you have to admit that it is rare for a Texan to voice the kind of social commentry that we find in Jimmy's early albums.
There is not a weak spot on this one. The Christian is the first track and a scathing hit out at Western religous hypocracy. Ellis Dee (AKA: LSD) looks at the plight of a Black man down on his luck, again social commentry. The Missionary is related to the Christian, an indightment of the values an American missionary is preeching, while at home things are less than pretty. A Mile High in Denver strait Texas Rock, about paryting in the mountains on a shoestring. The Captain and the Kid is a deft and touching piece of poetry describing Jimmys relation to his Merchant Marine Grandfather. Captain America is a hilarious crack at incompetent liberal do-gooders (bring back the real hero's)
Ain't He a Genius? Jimmys best song ever, inspiring to Young artists of all types. Probably my favorite song ever by anyone. Turnabout- Old girlfriend never die! There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times tells of life without Millions of dollars something Jimmy would barely remember and the last two tracks are solid as well.
Buy it, Love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Well, it is clearly Buffett, and if you want to see the growth, you gotta listen to it. But you won't listen to it a lot, just a few times when the really great stuff-cheeseburger, livingston, like that, has been too often on your machine. It's like renting a copy of Rancho Deluxe or Congo, so you can see him on screen, but it ain't his best...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on November 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is Jimmy's first album when he was still trying to make it on the folk circuit in New Orleans and Nashville at the end of the 60's. He had not found his laid back beach bum persona yet, and the material on this disc is quite different from his later stuff. Mostly folk-ish with a bit of country with 60's style hippie sentiments in the music. This album is a mixed bag, but on a few tunes Jimmy's songwriting really shines and shows the potential of where he will eventually go. "The Captain And The Kid" is a great song about his grandfather that he still does live today. "Ellis Dee" (LSD...get it) is a typical Buffett play on words, "A Mile High In Denver" is Buffett's answer to John Denver. There is also some real crap on this album bad country such as "Truckstop Salvation" and the attempted social statement in "Captain America". This album is certainly far from Jimmy's best, but for a first album it certainly shows potential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you own Before the beach than you may want to hesitate before buying Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee, but on the other hand if your like myself you need these to complete your collection.
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