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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: May 24, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002OS8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fruitcakes is Jimmy Buffett's best recording in some time, for he has a better handle on the Caribbean flavors in his Gulf Coast beach-bum music than ever before. The Grateful Dead's "Uncle John's Band," for example, is completely recast as an easygoing calypso tune, thanks to Robert Greenidge's steel drums and Angel Quinones' congas. Even more radical is the tranformation of "Sunny Afternoon," the Kinks' satire of upper-class luxury which Buffett restates as a celebration of his own lifestyle. On the other hand, Buffett can be pretty insufferable when he waxes sentimental about his beach house, his childhood library and his daughter on the ballads "Lone Palm," "Love in the Library" and "Delaney Talks to Statues." --Geoffrey Himes

Customer Reviews

My dad is a big fan of Jimmy Buffet.
Josh
I love the song Delaney talks to statues...the innocence of children.
Kathleen M.
Some hard truths on this one, got to like it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Elderbear VINE VOICE on March 28, 2001
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I know CDs aren't supposed to wear out when you play them, but I play this one enough that I worry about it. Daily. The alarm goes off. I hit snooze. I hit play. The lively beat of "Everybody's Got a Cousin in Miami" usually brings me most of the way into consciousness. "Fruitcakes" leaves me awake & chuckling. The rest is shower/dressing/breakfast/email music.
I'm not a Buffett Fan. Y'all can take Margarittaville & go Get Drunk & Screw for all I care. Most of his other stuff holds no appeal to me. But this CD is different (fans beware) & I like it. It's laid back, with just enough of a Carribean feel to be "exotic." Buffett's sense of humor shines through brightly.
Some tracks, like "Six String Music" & "Love in the Library" are unremarkable, but I find them staying with me in a lilting & upbeat way. The ode to his daughter "Delaney Talks to Statues" gets me every time, but I'm sentimental & my own daughter is growing up way too fast. I own a lot of Grateful Dead CDs (several changer cartridges full). I find his interpretation of "Uncle John's Band" enjoyable & refreshing rather than inept and blasphemous. He gets the spirit of that song & manifests it with good humor. He cracks "Apocalypso," as the ultimate existentialist joke.
Five stars for a playful, sunny masterpiece. I love it. I have it on good authority that Joe Merchant does, too.
(If you enjoyed this review, please leave positive feedback. More of my reviews can be found by clicking on the "about me" link above. Thanks!)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
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This cd, I believe, is Jimmy's best 90's album. There is a nice mix of ballads, (love in the library, Delaney talks to statues), and upbeat songs, (everybody's got a cousin, Quietly making noise). Another reason to buy this album is to hear Jimmy's great remake of the Greatful Dead song Uncle John's Band. This is one of my favorite Buffett cds, and it is worth the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josh on January 19, 2001
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My dad is a big fan of Jimmy Buffet. I had never heard of him until in the summer of 1994 when I was 13 years old. My dad and I drove down to Florida from Ohio with this tape in the cassette player the whole way down their and back. At first, I have to admit that I didn't really care for the music. But after awhile it grows on you. Pretty soon I found myself singing the words to every song along with my dad. This record is on my top five of all time. My favorite songs are Uncle Johns band, Sunny Afternoon, Six string music, and the downright funny title track. Whenever I put this cd in I am in Florida all over again reliving all of the unforgetable moments that my father and I spent together. If this album does anything for you, it will put you in a great mood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N_Joy on March 22, 2005
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I have many fond memories of the summer of '94. I met my wife that summer, I went on a road trip to New Orleans with my best friend, attended my third Buffett concert, and theres this CD which I consider Jimmy's best release in the 90's. It had been five years since his last studio release which was good but nowhere near as good as Fruitcakes. Jimmy just sounded renergized and fresh on this CD unlike most of his 80's releases after Coconut Telegraph. "Uncle John's Band" is a great cover of the Dead song. "Everybody's got a cousin", "Fruitcakes", "Lone Palm", "Queitly Making Noise", "Vampires","She's Got You", "Sunny Afternoon" are really good. There is not a throw away song on this entire CD. Everytime I throw this CD in the player I am transported back to that great summer. I can almost feel the gulf coast breeze as my best friend and I travel down I-10 to N'awlins and I feel like I did when my wife and I first started dating. I know this is getting a little corny but this CD is like the soundtrack to a great part of my life. Thanks for the memories Jimmy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Muller on January 23, 2000
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If you read the reviews at this site of Jimmy's 90's releases, you will find a common thread that you need to allow these albums to grow on you. I'm still having a little trouble with Banana Wind, Beach House, and even Barometer Soup. (I'm still hesitating on Carnival.) But this one is definitely worth playing until you can't get enough of it! I love Lone Palm, Uncle John's Band, Six String Music, Love in the Library, Frenchman For The Night, and especially Quietly Making Noise. Catholic school veterans and childhood fans of classic monster movies will identify with Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost, as I do. She's Got You is about the only dismissable track here. This is maybe my favorite Buffett album after Somewhere Over China. Well, it's a close 2nd tie with Volcano and Floridays... Keep playing it, you'll love it! VagbndKing@aol.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo Fauntez on May 15, 2003
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"Fruitcakes" is an absolutely fantastic album. The title song, his cover of the Dead's "Uncle John's Band" and "Quietly Making Noise" stand among his all-time very best songs. "Love in the Library" and "Lone Palm" showcase his delightful storytelling and uncanny knack for putting together tunes that stay in your head long after the music has stopped. BUY THIS CD! Along with "Barometer Soup", by far his 2 best albums of the '90's.
ENJOY! Buy 2 if ya can!!!!
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