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Far Side of the World [Enhanced]

Jimmy BuffettAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • ASIN: B00005O7VL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jimmy Buffett's 33rd record--his first for his own Mailboat Records--finds the world's most famous beach bum in an uncharacteristically reflective mood. While he hasn't completely lost interest in beer, burgers, and string bikinis, Buffett no longer seems intent on transporting fans to some tropical Shangri-la. Buffett does take listeners on a trip to the "Far Side of the World," but insists that you bring your baggage with you--and learn to love it. Buffett skillfully weaves themes of self-acceptance, self-abnegation, and fears for the future into unerringly witty and graphic observations, but his words lack much of their usual frivolity and froth. Buffett is a man at a crossroads, where he's created his most evocative and daring music in years.

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Jimmy Buffett's 33rd record--his first for his own Mailboat Records--finds the world's most famous beach bum in an uncharacteristically reflective mood. While he hasn't completely lost interest in beer, burgers, and string bikinis, Buffett no longer seems intent on transporting fans to some tropical Shangri-la. Buffett does take listeners on a trip to the "Far Side of the World," but insists that you bring your baggage with you--and learn to love it. Buffett skillfully weaves themes of self-acceptance, self-abnegation, and fears for the future into unerringly witty and graphic observations, but his words lack much of their usual frivolity and froth. Buffett seems intent on revisiting the emotional landscape he first explored in Living and Dying in 3/4 Time, which produced the rather mournful song of love and separation "Come Monday." His rendition of Bruce Cockburn's "All the Ways That I Want You" recaptures that sense of love and yearning, but without the stark lack of hope. Hope is one thing Buffett possesses in abundance. In "Last Man Standing" he allows thoughts of retirement, but vows, "I wanna be the last man standing." In the elegant "Someday I Will," he admits: "I don't have a plan / It's not that kind of thing / I'm not Martin Luther King / I don't have a dream / It's just sometimes I know that's the way I'm supposed to go." Buffett is a man at a crossroads, where he's created his most evocative and daring music in years. --Jaan Uhelszki

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy ,Mark..and He Still Follows That Equator January 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"I was in two minds...should I buy this or not??After,at best, the disappointing and un Buffett like performance on *Beachhouse on the Moon*,I was concerned that Jimmy had lost the edge and was settling into middle-aged conformity.I should not have worried..he has returned to a more familiar,if somewhat subdued and reflective form.
We are not chugging down rums and floating away on those Carribean breezes,and there is not a cheeseburger in sight!!! Instead this CD owes more to Mark Twain and his epic,*Following the Equator* than to string bikinis and fins to the left fins to the right.I personally like the feel of this one,it is part African Travel-logue,part philosophy,part history..and totally Buffett.
From the opening *Blue Guitar* with its African beats.into the moody and reflective *Mademoiselle* and *Autour Du Rocher*,we are treated to JB returning to what he does best,lead the listener on his personal take on his memories and that troupador lifestyle.*Autour Du Rocher*,is one of the stronger tracks on this and shows Jimmy can still sing them,even if they are not written by him everytime.The songs are laden with French phrases and have that personal feel, that was so much lacking in *Beachhouse on the Moon*
This is not simply a *Turn up and buy if you are a parrotthead* catalogue of songs.They are to be savoured and enjoyed,owing a lot to the satisfaction of living that was conveyed on *A1A* and *Coconut Telegraph*..that relaxed satisfaction of watching the sun go down over the ocean with a beer or red wine in hand!!.Jimmy uses several styles that transport you to Africa,and the Far Side of the World, but never really takes you too far from keeping that one particular harbour, if not in view,certainly in the back of your mind.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait!!! March 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most interesting albums I have listened to in years. There are songs on here to suit many different tastes. Yet while Jimmy experiments (mostly successfully) with different sounds, they all have a common denominator in that they are uniquely his style. He has an uncanny ability to lend his own signature sound to a bunch of totally different styles and come up with a cohesive album.
I thoroughly enjoyed about 9 out of 12 songs on this album, was content with one (hokey pokey), and was only really disappointed by two (Autour de Rocher and Altered Boy). The lyrics for these songs are good, but the music is either too experimental for JB (Autour) or a bit too odd for my taste (Altered Boy).
The rest of the album was a delight for me as a lover of good music, and particularly Buffett music. There are several great up-tempo songs which leave you either tapping your feet or driving a bit too fast if you are in you car listening to this CD. There are great Buffettesque tunes such as "Savannah", "Someday I Will", "Mademoiselle" and "Blue Guitar" which instantly transport you to another place, even though that place may not necessarily be Margaritaville. Perhaps the finest work on the album is the title track, "Far Side of the World", which is one of Jimmy's best songs in years, and would stand up to any "greatest hits" list. Jimmy closes the album with "Tonight I Just Need My Guitar", which is a beautiful acoustic guitar song that harks back to his earlier days. It rounds out the album perfectly in that even though he experiments with all these styles and sounds, ultimately it all comes back to Jimmy being himself.
One glaring omission on this album was the absence of Fingers Taylor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back From The Far Side of the World! March 19, 2002
By Neo
Format:Audio CD
Wandering through several different musical styles on his 33rd album, Jimmy Buffett has weaved his own special kind of magic into every track on "Far Side of The World." Buffett states that after making music for the past 30 years, "I know what works!" He backs up what he says: Far Side of the World will appeal to both Parrot Heads and the general record buying public alike. On this album Buffett bravely steps out into previously uncharted musical territory with a wonderfully mix of offerings from around the world: African-tribal, European, a hip-hop, R&B groove, new-age/country, Polynesian and Cajun all deftly produced by Russ Titelman.
Buffett's vocals are strong, his band is tight and his production team has given this album just the right touch. After years of collecting stories from his travels around the world, Buffett's boat is in and delivers the goods. Here's hoping he keeps it coming!
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Format:Audio CD
Far Side of the World - Jimmy Buffett
(Mailboat Records, 2002)
The debate amongst Parrotheads is nothing new: what exactly represents the best of Jimmy Buffett? To recent converts and weekend fans, it's the classic (admittedly cheesy) singalongs like Margaritaville, Cheeseburger in Paradise, and Fins. Diehard fans will happily join in the choruses of those songs, but insist that the true nature of Jimmy Buffett can be found in the early material when he played the role of an introspective singer/songwriter with a wild side.
On "Far Side Of The World," Buffett's first studio release in two years, there's enough of both types of songs to fuel the debate AT LEAST until the next album comes out.
For those longing for the more jubilant, satirical and tongue-in-cheek Buffett associated with songs like "Volcano" and "Why Don't We Get Drunk", "Far Side" offers up several songs. Amongst them, the bordering-on-cheesy existential anthem "What If The Hokey Pokey Is What It's All About?" and the defiantly bluesy "Last Man Standing" which both reflects on having survived the heyday of rock and roll while not ready to quit yet. The breezy "Altered Boy" combines classically witty Buffett lyrics with a light, tropical melody and instrumentation, while the "USS Zydecoldsmobile" is a rousing zydeco romp from the first squealing guitar note.
Reflective Buffett fans longing for more substantial material will find it in the tasteful cover of Bruce Cockburn's "All The Ways I Want You" and the ode to Savanna, Georgia "Savannah Fare You Well." Standing out amongst the other is the beautifully arranged and poetically stunning "Mademoiselle (Voulez-Vous Danser)." Rhythmic acoustic guitars, light drums and a classical guitar accompany a gently-singing Buffett.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Terry R.Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars been looking for one of the tunes on this CD....
what is NOT to like about Jimmy Buffet???
Published 2 months ago by bruce w johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem for Jimmy Buffet fans
I think this is a soul searching album for Mr. Buffet. The music was well thought out and performed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian Fuelleman
5.0 out of 5 stars As Usual - Buffett Beautiful
There are some voices that provide the soundtrack to the lives of millions of baby boomers, and this is one of them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Customer49
5.0 out of 5 stars But it Parrotheads
One of my favorite Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefers albums. many of the songs are played at his concerts. Really check the set lists!
Published 10 months ago by Ronald P. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Made my memories sing
Magic Jimmy has been one of my favorite artists. His music always makes my heart sing and brings a smile to my face.
Published 18 months ago by Lana Lee Plum
4.0 out of 5 stars A musical journey around the world
I love this CD , not just because its my second Jimmy Buffett CD,its like a musical trip around the world, it reminds me of the style of A1A and those great earlier albums. Read more
Published 20 months ago by sarah Lall
4.0 out of 5 stars A better than average Buffett album
Jimmy Buffett at his very best was a number of years ago. Since then, Jimmy has yearly produced a stream of "good" albums. Nothing great and nothing to be embarrassed about. Read more
Published on June 19, 2011 by Paul
2.0 out of 5 stars Far side of my CD collection
You know how you flip through your CD collection and run across an album you've nearly forgotten about, slip it in and you remember *this is a GREAT album*? Read more
Published on February 12, 2009 by M. Carlisle
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Pleasures On This One
When I first heard this album I was not that impressed in fact I thought it was his weakest release in years. Read more
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