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A live recording from the beach resort of Crystal Beach, Texas. Recorded on Labor Day weekend, 2002, the album features the "live" sound of the band inter-acting with a very rowdy, very drunk, crowd of beach-loving, beach-music fans. This is a "party" album, full of in-between song banter, and plenty of crowd participation. This album is perfect for playing at your pool party, crawfish boil, or other fun gathering of party people.
About the Artist
"Hanna's Reef" is a releatively new band, but the names of the players are very familiar. This band is essentially the original members of the band, "Key West". Featuring lead vocalist Mike Barnett, guitarist and songwriter Jerry Diaz, drummer Tim Bridges, keyboard player David Young, steel drum player Bob Brammer, and percussionist Bud Byram, the band is jouned by newcomers Kyle Aguilllard on bass, and Mike Baswell on harmonica.
The band is dedicated to capturing that "Gulf Coast Days" sound that Key West became famous for. This collection of songs is mostly original tunes that have previously been released with Key West (but have since been discontinued), one new original song, and a few Jimmy Buffett cover tunes. The band is using this as a starting point for what it intends to be many, many more albums to come.
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As for their claim that they are the original members of "Key West - the band", I only have one comment. I saw Key West the band years ago in Pensacola, and it seems like these guys actually are exactly the same ones that were onstage with the band then. Ironically, when I recently saw the band Key West (in Key West, Florida), I didn't recognize a single member except the bass player. I don't really know what's going on with that situation, but frankly, I don't care. I really like this album from Hanna's Reef, and I can't wait to hear their new material.
As for the current ensemble of Key West the band, I don't really care for them too much. They play a lot heavier music now, and they all look like they just got out of jail. I think I'll pass on them...next time.
As for the review directly before this one, I don't think that guy has even heard this CD. He couldn't have. First of all, he mentions that the band Hanna's Reef sounds like a garage band trying to play Buffett. Well, there's not a whole lot of Buffett here, and what they do cover is excellent. I've heard that another band out there called "Key West-the Band" used to be comprised of several of the members of Hanna's Reef. Rumor has it that KWTB is so childish that they write reviews of Hanna's Reef CD's, (anonymously)and put down their album. I don't know if that's true or not, but I don't see how anyone would rate this album a 1, on a scale of 1-5. For the record, I do have a copy of the one CD from Key West-the Band that is available here on amazon, called "Americana". It's really hard to review, since almost all of the songs on it are cover tunes. Why put out an album to sell to the public, if it's mainly just remakes of songs by other artists?
Regardless, this is my review of the Hanna's Reef album, so I'll not digress again. This CD has some great tropical stuff on it, including my favorite track, "Beach People, Beach Music". An equally fun song is "Let the Good Times Roll", with a great Cajun beat to it. And the cover of Buffett's "One Particular Harbor" is the best I've heard by anyone other than the Coral Reefer Band. I saw these guys live at the Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores in 2002. They were as good live (and in person) as they are on this album!
Close your eyes, imagine you are in Margaritaville and take a journey to the Gulf Coast, "Beach People, Beach Music" will surely take you for a nostalgic journey. The CD has something for everyone, some Buffett cover songs like Pencil Thin Mustache, some beach favorites and some songs that I had not heard before. There is even a song with a strong Cajun flavor and sailing music for those so inclined. Sunday Morning in New Orleans is a smooth ballad that alone is worth the price of the CD.
A great band making beautiful "Beach" music for all us Buffett/Parrothead/Island people.
Billy Peoples AKA The Old parrothead
The cover art, by local artist Huanna Glass (see James, Sunny Jim, White's "Sandbar Serenade" & "Tropical Trader") is great and from what I hear inspired from the cult movie Reefer Madness.
If you can't make it to a Hanna's Reef show and even if you can, this CD is a must have!
If you are in the mood for a fun album, this fits the ticket. About the only "serious" song on here is "Sunday Morning in New Orleans". It is excellent. And so is the rest of the album.
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