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Son Of A Son Of A Sailor

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Ma+Ýana and Livingston Saturday Night gave Jimmy two more hits when this 1978 LP came out. But it was his soon-to-be fan favorite Cheeseburger in Paradise that went Top 40 and sent the LP to #10 (and eventually spawned a restaurant chain)!

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Buffett caught a major wave on his commercial breakthrough, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, and he rode it straight through the follow-up, Son of a Son of a Sailor. Buffett posits himself as a lovable rogue in the semiautobiographical title track, recounts a party out of bounds on "Fool Button" and delineates the perfect meal on "Cheeseburger in Paradise." Other songs find him checking in from a variety of ports of call, including Aruba ("African Friend"), Paraguay ("Cowboy in the Jungle"), somewhere in the Caribbean ("Mañana") and even Montana ("Livingston Saturday Night"). Think of Son of a Son as something of a Parrothead operations manual. --Daniel Durchholz


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  4. Livingston Saturday Night 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002PBX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Beau Yarbrough VINE VOICE on December 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One of the frustrating things for new Parrotheads when they venture beyond Buffett's greatest hits or live albums is the hit or miss nature of the albums from his different eras. The compilation albums sweep together songs from albums that might only have one or two truly classic tracks (whatever their other merits).
But "Son of a Son of a Sailor," though, is nothing but great songs from the moment that Buffett finally crystalized his Key West songwriter persona. There's the title track, "Livingston Saturday Night," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Coast of Marseilles," the incredible "Cowboy in the Jungle," "Manana" and "African Friend." Even the least of the songs on the album -- "Fool Button" and "The Last Line" -- are eminently listenable.
"Son of a Son of a Sailor" finds Jimmy in more of a wistful mood. When he's not talking about rough nights performing or extolling cheeseburgers, most of his songs on this album are about distant friends, lost loves and how life is more complicated than our dreams. This isn't pound your glass on the bar music, but rather the stuff that makes you want to lean back in your booth, looking out the window at the sea, and sing along wistfully.
If you only get one of Jimmy's albums from the 1970s, make it "Son of a Son of a Sailor."
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After the success of "Margaritaville" took Jimmy Buffett into the mainstream, he followed that up with the best album of his career. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor combines all of Mr. Buffett's best elements: vivid songwriting; sharp humor; tropical rhythms; nothing but a good time attitude. The title track opens the album on a strong note. The song is autobiographical in nature and has an excellent vocal. "Fool Button" moves at a frenzied pace and tells of a night of going over the line while partying. "Last Line" has a funky beat reminiscent of Steely Dan's "Black Cow". "Livingston Saturday Night" takes Mr. Buffett back to his country roots and is a real country honky tonker. "Cheeseburger In Paradise" ranks right up there with "Margaritaville" in the Parrothead pantheon and is just plain fun. "Coast Of Marseilles" slows things down a bit while "Cowboy In The Jungle" may well be his most underrated song. It pretty much sums up Mr. Buffett's view on life, just roll with the punches, make the best of any situation and enjoy life because before you know it, it's gone. "Manana" is funny song that name checks everyone from Kiss to Anita Bryant and "African Friend" closes the album out on a quiet and touching note. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor was his first (and for 15 years, only) top ten album, peaking at number 10. If you even casually like Jimmy Buffett, this album should be in your collection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KEY WEST-the band on March 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Well, the guy who reviewed this album just before me ("Rod", from Texas)hit it right on the money. This is Buffett's next best album, and a great follow-up to "Changes". I'd also have to agree that "Fool Button" is the only weak cut on the album. (Being that I'm also from Texas, I'm not surprised that we think alike!) Other than that, I'd have to say that there are some of Buffett's classics on this album. Anyone new to Buffett who thinks songs like "Pacing the Cage" are Buffett at his best, should listen to "Coast of Marseilles", "African Friend", or especially, "Cowboy in the Jungle". Buffett exudes an unmatched understanding of the human condition on this album, but with a sense of humor. I first heard "Cowboy in the Jungle" when I was a freshman in college (Many years ago!) and am thankful that I did. That one song, and its message, has probably influenced more decisions in my own life than any other lyric I've ever heard. It has also kept me from losing my sanity on more than one occasion. If you could only have two Buffett albums in your collection, I'd recommend "Changes in Latitudes", and "Son of a Son of a Sailor". In fact, if you could only have two albums in your collection period, I'd have these two! Jerry Diaz, Key West-the band
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Mcdonald on May 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although Jimmy Buffett is not one of my favorite musicians in general, I rank this CD as one the the best CD's EVER by any artist. Every track is is an emotional good time. Whether the emotion is upbeat (Cheeseburger In Paradise) or solemn and wise (Cowboy in the Jungle), this collection of music is a must have for anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Duncan (garykahuna@sprynet.com) on May 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Coast of Marseilles and Cowboy in the Jungle make this one.These are two of Jimmy's finest ballads. While most people probably picked this up for Cheeseburger in Paradise, they got a whole lot more.Don't try and describe the ocean if you've never seen it, Jimmy sings in "Manana". Don't try and describe Buffett if you've never heard this. A great album. A quick note on Livigston Saturday Night. An EVEN better version can be found on the Rancho Deluxe sountrack. Check it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ei on March 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is one of JB's albums that is a definite must own!!! Especially for the newer phans that have only phlocked among us recently. I feel that listening to JB's older music will help you realize the scope that he has as a musician, and it will give you more of a perspective on his work as a whole. This is one of the greatest of all his albums to date.
The oh so popular hits by Buffett are here.
Such as "Son of a son of a Sailor(album title)", what an awesome song that just sets the tone for the entire record. It is a
one of his greatest hits of all time, and in so many ways reflects the man himself. "Livingston Saturday Night", which was performed in both films, "FM", and "Rancho Deluxe", by JB himself. The sing a long "Cheeseburger in Paradise" is also here. This is one of my all time favorite songs by Jimmy, probably more of an obvious choice, but a very fun and danceable tune that always gets me going. And always seems to make me hungry for that big hunk of meat.
This is a necessary album for any Buffett phans collection! You won't be disappointed!
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