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Living & Dying in 3/4 Time

Jimmy BuffettAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002PBH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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!

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock n Roll... December 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album may not be a favorite of some younger parrotheads, but lyrically it represents some of Jimmy's best work. "Pencil Thin Moustache" is an ode to the "Boston Blackie" series that will have youngersters scratching their heads, but hopefully they'll research it for themselves. I especially love the reference to "Sky King's Penny", obscure except to those of us who watched the "Sky King" episodes. "The Wino and I Know" is one of my personal favorites. "Ice Cream man, he's a hillbilly fan. Got '78's by Hank Snow", is telling of Buffett's musical influences. The best rendition of "God's Own Drunk" can be found here also. Jimmy had to give up performing it in concert when the estate of Lord Buckley sued him for 'willfully and maliciously mutilating and adulterating' the original version. A real shame he is forbidden to perform it; it was a real hoot. Musically, this is perhaps one of his most ecletic efforts, sure to satisfy country fans and old Buffett fans alike. And no, a real Buffett fan from the '70's DOES NOT refer to himself as a "Parrothead". I leave that moniker to the youngersters who "recently" discovered Buffett, and think that such mediocre efforts as "Banana Wind" and "Beach House on the Moon" are classic Buffett. Sorry to dissappoint you, but classics must first stand the test of time. Most of Jimmy's work from the '70's (including this one) has done just that.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CD Release Doesn't Do Justice March 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
1974's Living and Dying in ¾ Time was Buffett's second major label album and fourth overall release. The quality of the music is 5 star material, as Buffett was at his singer/songwriter peak.

I would love to give a review that deals with the music contained within, but I must make a point of stress on this CD release. It's just plain bad. The sound quality is full of tape hiss, which contrary to what the disclaimer says on the back of the case, does NOT have to be heard when analogue recordings are transferred to digital. All it takes is finding the master tapes and preparing the tracks for a higher resolution format.

Don't expect to get any more artwork or liner notes with the disc either. What you see in the image at the top of this page is the only thing left from what was included in the original 1974 package. Gone is the rear cover photograph of a shark, a beautiful Key West sunset painting form the gatefold, a photo of Jimmy form the insert, band credits and complete lyrics to each song. Not to faithful to the original release, eh? Maybe that was excusable in the 80s when the CD boom was still taking place, but now... No.

Please, if your an MCA executive and are reading this, it's time to re-release.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballad Of Jimmy Buffett January 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Living & Dying in 3/4 Time is Jimmy Buffett's last recording that concentrates on country music. He would still keep a country flavor in his music, but this album contains none of the Caribbean rhythms or beach themes that would permeate his future work. The album opens up with the vaudevillian "Pencil Thin Mustache" which is one of his more enduring classics. "Come Monday" is a trippy folk number that deservedly became his first Top 40 hit. "Ringling, Ringling", "Brahma Fear", "Brand New Country Star" and "Livingston's Gone To Texas" all are in the country theme and take on subjects such as the circus, rodeo riding, the Nashville music scene and head out to the range. "The Wino & I Know" speaks of the wisdom of old drunks. "Saxophones" and "Ballad Of Spider John" are slight numbers, but the album closes out with Mr. Buffett's take of Lord Buckley's "God's Own Drunk". It is a perfect song for Mr. Buffett as it fits perfectly into his storytelling persona and he more speaks the story than sings it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs you should know by heart May 29, 2004
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It's a toss up between this album and A-1-A for Buffett's best. But, I have to give the edge to Living and Dying and 3/4 Time for "God's Own Drunk," the quintessential Jimmy Buffett song. He's tried a lot of different things in the years since, but nothing compares to the bar room banter that can be found in this song. Buffett could also dig deep inside himself and pull out such ballads as "Come Monday." From top to bottom this is a great album and went a long way toward establishing Buffett's storied career. He continues to draw on these songs in his concerts, but for some reason has relegated "God's Own Drunk" to the past. Too bad because it combined the humor and pathos he is most famous for. Buffett could always play the crowd, and give them what they wanted to hear, but in this album one finds a bit of personal introspection and some of the finest Buffett ballads to be had.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Buffett album... March 21, 2004
By A. Ort
Format:Audio CD
And still my favorite. This is Buffett before he became popular, bordering on caracature. Seems he was living what he was singing about. I used to listen to this over and over on 8 track (along with Gord's Gold) in a cabin in the Canadian wilderness. For some reason, it seemed to fit that environment. Not a lot of distraction or amenities, just family, nature and some countrified music. Simple pleasures.
It's a bit country and a bit more but what makes this album so great is the fact that he's a phenomenal storyteller. He writes stories about people and places nobody writes songs about.
'Come Monday' is the song that put him on the map and it never ceases to get old yet there are some true gems on here. He's got moments of lyrical comedy that are pure gold (and not the lyrics that are comedy in the 'clown' sense that seems to characterize his later work). 'God's Own Drunk' has to be one of the best (and funniest) songs ever recorded.
If you haven't dug into his old stuff, you're missing out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great early Buffett that boarder lines country music.How he never made it in Nashville is beyond me.
Published 9 days ago by William Braselton
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Received in timely fashion in brand new condition...discovered I already had this CD and was going to return it but Amazon let me keep it at no charge so I was able to share this... Read more
Published 16 days ago by EV
5.0 out of 5 stars great
It was just what I expected no problems, arrived quickly and in good shape. The packaging was fine and the deliverly was spot on, Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Gary Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Arrived very close to timeframe advertised. Good condition. Love this album.. had the cassette many many years ago... so glad I have the CD now
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Mullins
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuck In A Hole
Back in 1978 we was stuck in a mud bog in SC, we played this all night long over and over. My Ford out did the Chevy, but Beer and Jimmy was all we needed that night
Published 2 months ago by Hardcoffee
5.0 out of 5 stars Me and my pencil thin mustache!
I enjoy Jimmies humorous songs as I have for years. His tunes make me chuckle. I bought a Kindle and wanted some easy listening and for me that means Jimmy Buffet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Geoffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars plus one
This one and 'Changes in Latitudes Changes in Attitudes' got to be my all time faves. takes me back to junior high, real good songs, real good times.
Published 7 months ago by Steven A. Langford
1.0 out of 5 stars A review of the sound, not the songs
Don't get me wrong, the first ten years of Jimmy's career was sheer genius. Along with James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot and Steely Dan, I cannot imagine any artist that can place... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rob Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Buffett Rules
Wish I could view this honestly... But huge Jimmy Buffett Fan - Good album, decent beach music - makes me think of summer all year long! Love Jimmy, huge parrot head here -
Published 10 months ago by Howard C
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffett Classic
I'm a Buffett fan from back in my teenage years and then during my stint in Miami. Thanks to Amazon for carrying this old classic that I greatly enjoy listening to.
Published 10 months ago by Hope 13
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