A genuine American original, Key West troubadour Buffett mixed Hank Williams with Xavier Cugat, and in the process introduced Caribbean rhythms to the staid musical denizens of Nashville. After a stretch in the basic (yet eclectic) singer-songwriter vein yielded a 1974 hit ballad "Come Monday," Buffett found his trademark mellow Key West groove and the 1977 hit ("Margaritaville") that would launch a cottage industry which even included a restaurant chain. While the singer often played up his one-hit wonder status, he has enjoyed a long, storied and varied career, as well as the enduring loyalty of his fans, otherwise known as "parrotheads." A 2004 star-studded country album brought him a surprise chart-topper and even more fans.
Includes Cheeseburger in Paradise, He Went to Paris, Fins, Son of a Son of a Sailor and more!
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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