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Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection [Best of]

Jimmy Buffett Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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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)
See all 20 tracks on this disc
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
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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

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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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy collection is great, but why ... July 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Did he have to go and change the lyrics to some of his classic songs?? I nearly spit my margarita all over myself when I tried singing along to Volcano and realized I couldn't. The "I don't want to land in ..." part has been changed and I think it blows. There are other songs that Jimmy felt the need to update and they also blow -- or more accurately, compromise the integrity of the orginal recording. Ugh. It just feels dirty.
Jimmy, why on earth would you do this? If you were going to change around some of your work, why not go back to any of your albums from the late 80s and remove the gawd-awful synth or drum machines?
All that aside, the collection is good for the casual Jimmy fan. It expands upon "Songs You Know By Heart" and gives a much wider range of his music through the years. The song selection is strong enough to garner three stars and if you do not own any other albums, this isn't a bad place to start.
However, if you're already going to spend $29 on a Jimmy collection, go with the box set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pretty darn good Feb. 5 2004
By rylett
Format:Audio CD
i get the point that JB's rants against corporate capitalism may be a bit hypocritical. i also understand that JB has relied quite a bit on "greatest hits" collections. i own all of his releases, but none of his collections. i have chosen not to purchase any of his collections, until now.
despite all of this, i still think jimmy is the best and i did spring for this 2 CD set and i think it is pretty darn good. it has a nice representation of all of his songs. yeah sure, there are a few songs i would prefer over others, but so what? if there is a better version, of a song, that i would rather hear, i take that CD along and listen to that version.
thinking people would have to admit that JB has a much larger repetoire than most entertainers. he keeps packing people into his concerts, and they are purchasing his merchandise. yes, he has become more commercialized since the old days. he has adapted and become successful which is what most people strive to accomplish. some people might say he "sold out". what would you do, or, what have you done with your life?
i became a fan in 1978 when i purchased son of a son of a sailor. then, i went back and purchased all of his previous stuff. i still prefer anything up to, and including son of a sailor, but there are good songs on every release.
i recommend this set and any other CD of jimmy's that has your favorite version of your favorite song. i have my favorites, as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Really Is The Ultimate Collection! Jan. 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another collection, with a few new spins Nov. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
While it's hard not to be a little frustrated with Jimmy's Rolling Stones-like desire to endlessly repackage much of the same music -- count the number of greatest hits albums he has available on Amazon.com -- in addition to including a few lesser-known gems like "Cowboy in the Jungle" on this double album, a number of tunes are rerecorded on "Meet Me in Margaritaville," and almost all are improved for it.
While there are two live recordings on the first disc -- with "Pascagoula Run" getting one or two unintelligible changes to its lyrics -- the remakes are all on the second disc, along with new tunes. The covers of "Everybody's Talkin'" and "In the Shelter" both immediately earn their place in the Buffett canon, and "In the Shelter" in particular is one of the "what took you so long" covers that artists seem, in retrospect, destined to have covered at some point. "Son of a Son of a Sailor," "Knees of My Heart," "Saxophones," "He Went to Paris" and "The Captain and the Kid" all get reworked, mostly to good effect, although some of the tunes are marred by Buffett talking about the changes during the actual song, instead of confining such commentary to the quite nice accompanying CD booklet.
While it would be preferable to see Jimmy spending more time creating new classics, rather than revisiting his previous works yet again, this collection is an excellent one, and is a great companion to "All His Great Hits." But Jimmy, how about waiting 10 years before repackaging these yet again?
Recommended for die-hard fans and those newer fans whose knowledge of Jimmy's music doesn't extend beyond "Songs You Know By Heart."
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This
I would recommend these to everyone who is a 'Jimmy Buffett' fan, there is no better music, I am very happy.
Published 7 months ago by LS
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but, it's not of the best sound quality.
This product is not one of Jimmy's best releases. Although it includes most of the better tunes by Jimmy it misses the BOAT! on sound quality.
Published 13 months ago by Bert Roseblade
5.0 out of 5 stars parrotthead paradicwe
very good JB is the BEST

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Published 17 months ago by VINCE MICALLEF
5.0 out of 5 stars definately a good one.
done in 2003 and not that old.
some new songs done by JB - everybody's talking - loved it.
wish I would have bought it sooner.
Published 20 months ago by ,Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffett Fans Can't Go Worng
This is one of the best collections of Buffett songs available. It is one not to be missed. It isn't as comprehensive as Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads but it has as good a... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by James L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
OK, I admit it. I'm a second generation parrothead. I grew up on these songs. But these are some of Buffett's best. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars jimmy is the man...even his sad songs are happy , inuendo?
all of jimmys' songs seem to be of something happy. then you hear the words and they sorrow out a bit but the beat is always upbeat and happy. theres no one like him. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004 by Marc from hampstead,NH
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for the Car -- Make Your Kids Cool As You Drive!
I never had a Jimmy Buffett CD or album before, but of all things, my eight-year-old heard him sing "Cheeseburger in Paradise" on a jukebox at Johnny Rocket's. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one you want
Seems like some of the Parrotheads out there are getting a little tired of all the different greatest hits collections Jimmy Buffett has released; can't say I blame them. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Mark R. Van Wagenen
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