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Jimmy Finds That Lost Shaker of Salt: Heartfelt Music
on May 18, 2010
Whether you are a seasoned Parrothead who's long past "looked at 40" or a new student of "domino college," this CD is for you. Jimmy Buffett does what I haven't heard him do on a recording in a long time- he brings emotion into his songs.
This is a stellar double CD of his best "encore" live songs from recent concerts. What's really special about this compilation is that the tunes are all live from a variety of tour locations, rather than just one concert recorded straight through. There are classics from his catalog, along with some numbers that are rarely if ever heard live. What a great concept! Listening to this CD is like taking a geographic tour of the US along with Jimmy, as he tailors each encore to the specific location.
Jimmy adds just the right amount of banter before each song and the soundboard recordings are extremely clean for live recordings. I especially liked Buffett's story about surfing with his daughter when he introduced the lovely "Wildflowers" which I don't recall ever hearing at one of his concerts.
If you have been with Jimmy Buffett since the days of "You Had To Be There" you will love this addition to your collection. If you are more of the "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" Frat Boy and or Southern Sorority Girl crowd, you will also love this introduction to his classics.
It's impossible to listen to this music without a memory or two of great concerts past - whether it's waiting in line at the public restrooms at the Waikiki Shell after one too many super size, watered down Margaritas, or the smell of herb in the air at Madison Square Garden, or anywhere in between. There is no substitute for the experience of a live Jimmy Buffett concert - but this CD comes pretty close.
Appropriately, this CD of encores ends with the ultimate encore: a heartfelt rendition of "A Pirate Looks at Forty" in Honolulu. Nicely done.
This CD is miles above Jimmy's recent efforts, which all too often feel like financing for his many airplanes and houses. This double CD will have you reaching for your blender with a smile.