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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Margaritaville
  • ASIN: B000002OWD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Beau Yarbrough VINE VOICE on December 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'll add my voice to the chorus of praise here for this album -- "Barometer Soup" is the best of modern Buffett, hands down.
But the reason why, in my opinion, hasn't been stated yet: This time around, Jimmy is writing and recording songs inspired by the works of artists inspired by Key West. We get a bit of Mark Twain, a bit of Ernest Hemingway, a bit of Carl Hiassen, and a sprinkling of others. "Barometer Soup" marks a return to Jimmy's storytelling songs, which have dwindled in recent years. His cover of "Mexico" may be what got (some) radio airplay, but it's songs like "Remittance Man" and "Ballad of Skip Wiley" that will stick with you.
("Ballad of Skip Wiley," incidentally, got me to check out the books of Carl Hiassen, whom I learned about from the liner notes. No Buffett fan should pass up checking out Hiassen's work, which is sharp, funny and very in tune with Parrothead thinking. Great stuff.)
The songs, while almost all stories, range in tone from wistful and romantic to high-spirited fun. You'll find yourself singing along with the album and, as I did, cracking a book or two to see what inspired the men who inspired the man who inspired the Parrotheads.
"Barometer Soup" is one of Jimmy's best.
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I have long ago given up wondering why I like Jimmy Buffett's music so much..I just do.It was Changes in Attitudes Changes In Latitudes that hooked me,and I have sailed with Jimmy ever since.This would possibly be one of the handful of CDs he has released that I would recommend that you start your journey with.It is a combination of the pre and post Parrot Head mania with a relaxed and mature combination of that trademark storytelling and that confidence that comes with experience and that Peter Pan rebellious nature that critics and the music industry can't and will never fathom and the fans and the devotees love.It has a warm and friendly feel,inviting and always humourous.From the opening strains of *Barometer Soup* the music is immediately accessible and familiar.I personally consider *Remittance Man* as one of Jimmy's greatest,but that may be a futile suggestion as everybody has their own.It has that haunting flavour of loss and longing and the harmonica of Greg *Fingers* Taylor is exquiste.It made me go out and read *Following The Equator* by Mark Twain..it is the magic of Jimmy that any fan will attest to,he has you living life to the fullest with every CD and thinking the *Weather is Here I wish you Were Beautiful*.
It is hard to review to the uninitiated because the state of mind that Jimmy creates makes a normal review impossible.You have to feel for this music.If you are 60 you will love it for certain reasons,if you are 15 you will love it for completely different reasons..if you love lyric melody imagery and fun this is the artist for you.
I recommend that you have a Corona by your side,and adventure in your heart when listening to this one.
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By A Customer on September 5, 1999
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In the harbor of Avalon, in the early evening, you can hear the faint music of Jimmy Buffett floating through and around the boats. In most cases, the music tends to come from this CD. Barometer Soup, Lage Nom Ai, Don't Chu-Know, and Mexico are popular dancing tunes here. Thank you Jimmy, for so adequately portraying the island life in your music.
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This is definitely the best single album by Jimmy! Barometer Soup, the title cut has one of the finest steel drum band instrumentals interlacing Jimmy's fine vocal that I have ever heard! I wish Jimmy would do more tunes like this one and set the Coral Reefers (his band for those who are not parrot heads) free to play those steel drums and carribean sounds. This song is his greatest! Follow that up with the lovely Barefoot Children In the Sand, and the album is already fantastic. The rest is just pure Gravy. Crank Up the start of Barometer Soup and people will ask you who that is! It is that good! The only albums that come close to this one is Changes in Attitudes, Changes In Lattitudes, One Particular Harbor and Fruitcakes! Jimmy is great, but I love his carribean ballads pumped full of steel drum and carefree music that rockets you to Paradise. I swear you will almost feel the sun on your back, the smell of soft salt air breezes, and sand in your toes. You'll be mentally sippng your Pina Coloda under a palm tree near crystal clear blue waters before you know it!
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Like many young Buffet fans, I was weaned on "Songs You Know By Heart" and his older material. Unfortunately, Buffet hasn't had as much success with his newer albums. Many of the songs are largely forgettable, and just don't have that same relaxed feeling of his past hits. There maybe one or two good songs, a decent cover, and the rest just don't cut it. "Barometer Soup" however, brings back that familiar Buffet sound with several great songs.
Some noteworthy songs:
Barometer Soup
Barefoot Children
Bank of Bad Habits
Diamond as Big as the Ritz
Lage Nom Ai
Mexico
"Lage Noma Ai" really stands out on the album as a fast tempo song with a familiar island theme, as many of the songs are. This album contains a heavy use of bongo drums and keys. The James Taylor cover, "Mexico" is one of the best covers I've heard Buffet do, and works prticularly well since he has the same first name as James Taylor.
As I mentioned, the best thing about this album in comparison with others, is that it has so many great songs on it rather than just a couple. Hopefully, Buffett will come back to this formula on his other discs.
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