- Audio CD (May 25, 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Margaritaville Records / MCA
- ASIN: B000002OOA
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Before the Beach
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Two nice features of this release are the complete lyrics in the booklet and Jimmy's liner notes, which are only available on this official release.
Varese Vintage re-released these 2 albums in 1998 with original artwork and complete tracklisting and bonus tracks (on 2 seperate CD's), which is a far superior presentation. You can also get the 2 complete albums on 1 CD from Collectables (without the 2 bonus tracks) titled simply "Down To Earth/High Cumberland Jubilee" released in 2005.
These recordings aren't "country" as some reviewers have said, but are definitely folk-oriented, with some Nashville, New Orleans, and Gulf-Coast thrown in the mix. A year later, with the album "A White Sport Coat..." Jimmy did leap forward into a newer style with tracks like "Cuban Crime of Passion", "Grapefruit Juicy-Fruit" and " Why Don't We Get Drunk", all leading eventually to Margaritaville, One Particular Harbour, etc etc. - 40 years of great music, and this was the beginning. Outstanding tunes are Ellis Dee, The Captain And The Kid, Turnabout, Ace, Bend A Little, In The Shelter, God Don't Own A Car, and Livingston's Gone To Texas (which has an extra verse not used when JB re-recorded it for ABC in 1974). Fans also need "The Christian?" with these early recordings, so go for the aforementioned CD re-issues from 1998 and 2005.
His music style decidedly changed during and after Key West. So Before the beach provides us some classic Buffett to listen to. My favorite on the Album is Death Valley Lives. While Ellis Dee represents social commentary on the poor. Quite the dichotamy in songs.
In any case this is a great album and a "must have" for any true Parrot Head worth his/her salt. : )
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow!! Really a Buffett classic!! Love the CD. Great purchase! Thank youPublished 22 months ago by Linda Guarente
just adore JB - there is not one dud song on any of his albums unlike most artists absolutely brilliant songwriter musician such a god given talent! :)Published on May 13, 2013 by TREACY LOCKIE
A CD replacement of one of my first Buffet albums. Hard to find collector's item with good songs, a few that will even give you a smile.Published on October 29, 2010 by Linda
It's true. Just as everyone else notes, it's not the parrothead variety of music. But it is truly a collection of Jimmy Buffett to be treasured. Read morePublished on July 10, 2001