After two early LPs failed to chart, Jimmy wrote the song-his Top 40 hit Come Monday -that put him on the easygoing path to fame. This 1974 LP has that plus Pencil Thin Mustache; God's Own Drunk; The Ballad of Spider John , and more!
Jimmy Buffett's third album, Living and Dying
yielded the hit single "Come Monday," which still ranks among his finest compositions. As wistful and romantic as that number may be, the dominant feeling of the album is gentle good humor, as on songs like the richly detailed "Brand New Country Star," the nostalgic "Pencil Thin Mustache," and a recitation of the Lord Buckley tall tale "God's Own Drunk." Buffett approaches country & western-style topics on "Livingston's Gone to Texas" and "Brahma Fear" without succumbing to the blandness of de rigueur Music City product. "West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown," meanwhile, has to be considered the definitive song of debutante rebellion. It's a thin field, admittedly, but a song worthy of the title nonetheless. --Daniel Durchholz