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

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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."

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002O2B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
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By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on April 9, 2005
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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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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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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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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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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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JIMMY BUFFETT-SONGS YOU KNOW BY HEART/GREATEST HITS: Moving gradually from a one hit wonder in the seventies to ka-billionaire King of the Parrotheads in the nineties and beyond, Jimmy Buffett's 1985 "Best of" to this day represents 75% percent of the material he performs to beach bum wannabes 'round the planet. There's nary a party animal among us who has not bellied up to a sand bar and boogied to FINS, that ornery ode to land sharks everywhere, let alone the glutton's national anthem CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE, or WHY DON'T WE GET DRUNK AND SCREW, which needs no introduction to the moral majority. For variety, there are several reflective sea-faring ballads, A PIRATE LOOKS AT 40 being the most memorable, and PENCIL THIN MUSTACHE, a dose of nostalgia on par with anything the Statler Brothers ever recorded. A glaring omission is the harp-drenched dance inducer LIVINGSTON SATURDAY NIGHT, but I'm grabbing at boat drink straws here. There's no point in even mentioning that dandy drinkin' ditty that started it all for Jimmy...you already know it by heart.

RATING: FIVE SHAKERS OF SALT
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