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Songs You Know by Heart : Jimmy Buffett's Greatest Hit(s)

Jimmy BuffettAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Cheeseburger In Paradise 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. He Went To Paris 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fins 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. A Pirate Looks At Forty 3:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Margaritaville 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Come Monday 3:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Why Don't We Get Drunk 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Pencil Thin Mustache 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Grapefruit - Juicy Fruit 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Boat Drinks 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Volcano 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002O2B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Order up some "Boat Drinks" parrotheads, and relax in "Margaritaville" with the ultimate "Changes in Latitudes" brought on by the tropical rockin' of Jimmy Buffett. These greatest hits are juicier than a "Cheeseburger in Paradise."

Critics have always been singularly unkind to Jimmy Buffett. Or at least they have since the singer became immune to their jabs, commanding a nation of Parrotheads who sell out his shows, snap up his records and books, and eat and drink in his nightclubs in Key West and New Orleans. By now, you've made up your mind as well: To paraphrase Buffett himself from his song "Volcano," you either lava him now, or you lava him not. Songs You Know by Heart is a friendly little best-of collection that features concert perennials such as "Margaritaville," "Fins," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," and the immutable "Why Don't We Get Drunk." If by some chance you've not yet been introduced to Buffett's music, this album is the best way to say hello. --Daniel Durchholz

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mood Setting Music April 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Of course, the mood I'm talking about is the "no worries, I'm happy sitting here on the beach(or frontporch)" type of mood. Buffett is notoriously well-known for provoking thoughts of becoming a sailor, pirate, beach bum, etc. This collection of hits delivers that perfectly.

If you aren't familiar with Buffett, this is definitely a great starter album since you don't have to plunk down much change for it and it consists of the majority of his greatest hits. Those hits include "Cheeseburger In Paradise," "Volcano," "Come Monday" and the legendary "Margaritaville." It also includes the devilishly fun "Why Don't We Get Drunk" and my personal favorite, "Fins."

Buffett has the knack for making you imagine yourself sucking down daiquiris and pina coladas on a beach somewhere, much like Gary P. Nunn makes you long for living in Texas. He's a master at this and he has proven it time and again. His sound has been copied by Garth Brooks("Two Pina Coladas"), and out-and-out stolen by Kenny Chesney(most of his recent work sounds like it was ripped directly from this album). He's worked with some great current artists(most notably Alan Jackson) and he has a following, Parrottheads, comparable to that of the Grateful Dead's Deadheads.

So, if you aren't familiar with Buffett, get this album and experience what millions of others have already done. You won't be sorry.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy's Greatest January 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
No one of has made a bigger career for themselves out of one hit than Jimmy Buffett. He transformed his only top ten single, "Margaritaville", from just a mere song, into a successful restaurant, clothing line, a brand of tequilas and inspired a way of live for a nation of Parrotheads. Even though "Margaritaville" is his biggest hit, he is by no means a one hit wonder. In fact that song isn't even his best. Songs like "A Pirate Looks At 40", "Son Of A Son Of A Sailor", "He Went To Paris" & "Come Monday" are all superior songs and the rest of the album is made up of similarly excellent songs. If you are a novice to the music of Jimmy Buffett, this is the place to start.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CALLING ALL PARROTHEADS! June 13, 2000
By Kim K.
Format:Audio CD
This collection is a must-have for the car, at home or for your summer barbecues. Real Buffett fans actually do know all these songs by heart-and despite the negative reviews THEY ARE STILL GREAT after all these years-still alot of fun to listen to. It's not supposed to be Bach or Beethoven-it's supposed to be Jimmy Buffett! If you take your music too seriously then this is not the artist for you to listen to-GET LOST! Worth 10 stars and very highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of Jimmy Buffett January 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
SONGS YOU KNOW BY HEART contains most of the Jimmy Buffett songs that anyone knows, including such tales of a life spent outdoors as "Cheeseburger In Paradise", "Fins", "Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes", and his all-time biggest hit, "Margaritaville." There are also sentimental straight-ahead country ballads here, including the searching "He Went To Paris" and the wistful "Come Monday." If that wasn't enough diversity for one CD/cassette, there's also the drinking song "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)" and the detective story "Pencil Thin Mustache." If you get this collection, plus a few of his other albums, you'll have an essential library of Jimmy Buffett.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great basic Buffett December 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I finally caved in and admitted, after months of fighting it for no reason I can remember, that "yes, I love Jimmy Buffett," the first album I picked up was this one, and it's the one that seemed to be playing at every fraternity house in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Virginia. You're also pretty much guaranteed to hear all these songs when you see Jimmy in concert. ("Southern Cross," though, which is a modern concert staple, Jimmy only finally recorded in the last few years, and is on his latest live album, "Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays,"... It's a distinctly lesser album, though.)
If you've been exposed to any of Jimmy's music at all, these are the songs you know by heart, whether as staples of light rock -- "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday" -- frat rock singalong -- "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise" -- or from just listening to them as you blast along the highway, window down, nose raised trying to catch that whiff of salt water off coming from over the horizon.
Once this album is in hand, though, this introduction to Jimmy's body of work inevitably leads to finding albums that feature more of the types of music the fans like. For me, that's more stuff like "Barometer Soup" and "Son of a Son of a Sailor," which are more of Jimmy's stories set to music, rather than his singalongs.
But for the casual fan, this is a great album.
(Now, if you already know you love all these songs, and have just been listening to a friend's/roommate's/significant other's copy of "Songs You Know By Heart," break down and get the Australian import "All the Great Hits,"e:...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Jimmy Buffet's Songs! July 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ah, the madcap meister of mishap, the crooner of craziness, the sultan of sauciness! The incomparable singer songwriter emeritus of the millennium has to be Jimmy Buffett, who seemingly effortlessly composes and performs so many wonderfully silly and yet poignantly meaningful ballads about love and laziness. The man is simply a genius. He is also fabulously rich, having gleaned many pesos from us too-well washed and too well-groomed gringos, peering over the fence at his easily accomplished and well-worn grubbiness. And it is all here for the listener to appreciate!
No one cuts so fresh a slice of life as does Jimmy, whether talking about waking up hung over and looking for another batch of tequila in "Margaritaville", musing as he always does about life's simple pleasures in "Cheeseburger In Paradise", or waxing sentimental in an early number called "Come Monday". His range is impressive and an indication of his true merit, which is to entertain us both effortlessly and with the ring if true emotion sliding beneath his seemingly crazy verses. SO he gives us "Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes", or "Son Of A Son Of A Sailor", and "A Pirate Looks At Forty".
From "Why Don't We get Drunk" to "Pencil Thin Mustache", Buffett actively celebrates and yet denigrates all that is worthwhile or otherwise in life, and he does so with such enthusiasm and sarcasm that he is almost irresistible. So, this is a great treat and a great slice of life as lived on the lam, delivered with panache and style by one of the all-time great story-tellers. Enjoy!
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