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Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection Best of

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  • Audio CD (April 15 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B00008OLX6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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)
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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'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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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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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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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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This CD is for the loyal fan who will buy anything from Buffett, including material they already have on three other CDs, so long as the packaging is a little different. It has been a long time now since Buffett could really connect with his audience, taking them along with him to some wonderful beach with a few strums of his guitar. These days Buffett prefers to sing about himself and his grand lifestyle, leaving the listener feeling like they are on the outside looking in (the audio version of his autobiography, Pirate Looks at Fifty, should have been narrated by Robin Leach). This unnecessary CD, as well as the numerous live CDs that have been recently released, is proof that Buffett is now only interested in the money. And with a loyal fan base who will purchase any bone thrown their way, who can blame him?
Buffett's transformation from beach bum poet to CEO of Buffett, Inc. wouldn't be so hard to swallow if it were not for his posturing about Corporate America along the way. Now we find out that he received $250,000 from Tyco's indicted former chief to play a lavish party for the jetset. Perhaps it is time for Chairman Buffett to reread some of his own lyrics:
Legal problems gettin' thick and hazy
Look at the people gettin' rich and crazy
Locked up in mansions on the top of a hill
Someone needs to tell them 'bout overkill
Indeed someone should tell them about overkill. Perhaps Buffett is not the appropriate messenger, however, since he appears to be one of their own.
Bottom line is avoid this CD. Don't be a blind parrothead led by the nose.
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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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