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Meet Me In Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection

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Jimmy's waiting with a tall cold one and 38 tracks on 2 CDs, including 12 unreleased tracks featuring six alternate versions (Son of a Son of a Sailor) , four new live recordings and two brand-new songs. Plus, as a side dish, a 32-page booklet penned in part by Jimmy it's a parrothead's tropical dream! Includes Margaritaville; Cheeseburger in Paradise; Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes; Fins; Why Don't We Get Drunk; We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About; Volcano; One Particular Harbour; Barefoot Children; Havana Daydreamin' , and more.

Jimmy Buffett may have made his millions, but that doesn't mean that he has eased up on his workload. After releasing 33 albums, mounting grueling annual tours, and fashioning an entire industry and lifestyle out of his signature song "Margaritaville," Buffett trots out this two-CD collection. Yet, Meet Me in Magaritaville, which spans 30 years, isn't merely a retread of his long, storied career. Buffett has written two new songs for the package and re-recorded six alternative versions of fan favorites (including a moving version of "The Captain and the Kid," which he included for his ailing father, who died shortly after the album's release). He's also added two new cover songs--a spicy bossa nova version of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" and the Beach Boys' "Sail on Sailor"--as well four live tracks, which shows the singer at his best, conjuring up his own Yuppie Atlantis, an idyllic place where no one has to wear shoes, the sun is always shining, the bar never closes, and Junior Mints are always available at every cinema. A must-have collection for every Parrothead (or aspiring Parrothead), if only for Buffett's track-by-track descriptions. --Jaan Uhelszki

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Margaritaville
  2. Migration
  3. Growing Older But Not Up
  4. Holiday (Live/New Recording)
  5. Come Monday
  6. Fruitcakes
  7. We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About
  8. Cheeseburger In Paradise
  9. Jolly Mon Sing
  10. The Pascagoula Run (Live/New Recording)
  11. Tin Cup Chalice
  12. Pencil Thin Moustache
  13. Grapefruit/Juicy Fruit
  14. Coconut Telegraph
  15. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
  16. Last Mango In Paris
  17. Fins
  18. Why Don't We Get Drunk
  19. Brown Eyed Girl
  20. One Particular Harbour

Disc: 2

  1. School Boy Heart
  2. Everybody's Talkin' (New!)
  3. Volcano
  4. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor (New Recording)
  5. Take Another Road
  6. Knees Of My Heart (New Recording)
  7. In The Shelter (New Recording)
  8. Havana Daydreamin'
  9. Desperation Samba (Haloween In Tijuana)(Live/New Recording)
  10. Barefoot Children
  11. Saxophones (New Recording)
  12. Cowboy In The Jungle
  13. He Went To Paris (New Recording)
  14. Creola
  15. Bob Robert's Society Band
  16. A Pirate Looks At Forty (Live/New Recording)
  17. Sail On Sailor (New)
  18. The Captain And The Kid (New Recording)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mailboat Records / MCA Records / UTV Records
  • ASIN: B00008OLX6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 232 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I've been following Jimmy Buffett's career for over 20 years...I have all his records and have seen him in concert more times than I can count.
Having said that, I think the new CD is a great overview of the world's most famous beachcomber. His tunes have stood the test of time and they tell wonderful stories.
All the standards like FINS, VOLCANO, A PIRATE LOOKS AT FORTY, SON OF A SON OF A SAILOR and CHANGES IN LATITUDES, CHANGES IN ATITUDES are included. That's to be expected. What I like about this collection is the inclusion of more mellow Buffett tunes like HE WENT TO PARIS, CREOLA, and THE CAPTAIN AND THE KID (which is made more special because Jimmy talks about his dad right before the cut. Mr. Buffett passed away from Alzheimer's right after the CD was released.)
He also does a great job on a couple of 'cover' songs -- EVERYBODY'S TALKIN' and The Beachboys' SAIL ON SAILOR.
The only disappointment was the absence of a live recording of Neil Young's SOUTHERN CROSS.
The booklet that comes with the CD is well done. The band sounds great. Jimmy's in good voice and the new recordings are terrific.
It's summertime ... the living is easy .... there's nothing better than listening to one of our great storytellers weave his magic one more time.
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I bought it this morning (10am sharp) and I was not disappointed, awesome album. The old songs have been digitalized, and the sound really pops out at you. Being a young parrothead, I have only heard the original recordings via Internet or CDs, but the quality is much better on this album. The re-recordings of certain songs are a little weird at first, but they grow on you. I love the live recordings and the two new cover songs.
1. Margaritaville - still great
2. Migration - sounds even better
3. Growing Older But Not Up - good song
4. Holiday (Live/New Recording) - great live recording
5. Come Monday - sounds so much better in digital
6. Fruitcakes - sounds the same
7. We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About - sounds better
8. Cheeseburger In Paradise - the guitar pops, great!
9. Jolly Mon Sing - sounds the same
10. The Pascagoula Run (Live/New Recording) - awesome live recording
11. Tin Cup Chalice - good guitar
12. Pencil Thin Moustache - sounds really good too
13. Grapefruit/Juicy Fruit - sounds the same
14. Coconut Telegraph - sounds a little peppier
15. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes - sounds the same
16. Last Mango In Paris - sounds better
17. Fins - sounds great in digital
18. Why Don't We Get Drunk - guitar sounds better
19. Brown Eyed Girl - sounds better, heavier
20. One Particular Harbour - sounds the same
1. School Boy Heart - sounds the same
2. Everybody's Talkin' (New!) - great cover
3. Volcano - sounds better in digital
4. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor (New Recording) - great but weird at first, the female singing is odd, but is good
5. Take Another Road - good
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Anyone who has carefully watched singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett literally charm the pants off the million of rabid parrot heads over the last several decades will love this newest compilation of Jimmy Buffett hits. It is indeed, the ultimate collection, as entitled, and serves up (shaken but not stirred) all of the best of the guy from Magaritaville. One should be forewarned, however, that not all the cuts here are the original released versions, and several have been redone, and for purists like me, the original versions would have been better to have on board here. But not to quibble, as this is a neat CD to have for the car or office, and I love listening to everything from "Magaritaville to "Come Monday", from "Why Don't We Get Drunk" to "The Captain and the Kid", and from "A Pirate Looks At Forty" to "Pencil Thin Mustache".
Alas, Buffett fans, there are a few new songs here as well, including a nice cover of Nillson's "Everyone's Talkin" and the Beach Boys' "Sail On Sailor" which Jimmy certainly is doing here. He has made a career out of continuing to recycle a limited repertoire of songs, and the fans keep coming back again and again to party with him, such that his concerts are always sellouts and the rabid fans are true loonies when it comes to celebrating life along with the parrot Master himself. This is a great album, and one I am sure you will enjoy!
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By A Customer on April 21, 2003
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I picked up this cd the day it came out. In fact, I left school early to pick it up at the local Best Buy :) I popped it in and was met with the anthem, Margaritaville. Moving down the songs on the first disc there are a lot of the usuals and some lesser known songs (AKA the ones not on songs you know my heart) such as Migration, Pascagoula Run (live - sounds great) for instance. The 2nd disc is hot with such songs as School Boy Heart, Knees of my Heart, Desperation Samba (love this song), and the beach boys cover - Sail on Sailor.
Overall this disc is great and is the ultimate collection, if there is such a thing. This would be a GREAT gift for those that are not familiar with the music of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers.
oh yeah, the sound is amazing on these cds. You can hear every instrument with clarity.... except for the annoying accoustic guitar in some live tracks, this cd sounds AMAZING
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