Beach House on the Moon

Beach House on the Moon

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by Jimmy Buffett
     
 

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Entertaining the redneck Rivieras of the world like a singing troubadour dispensing tequila and Tums, Jimmy Buffett has permeated the public consciousness with such booze-loving party anthems as "Margaritaville" and the unforgettable "Cheeseburgers in Paradise." Unlike his city-slicking Wall Street uncle, Warren Buffett, Jimmy espouses the simple pleasures of ringing… See more details below

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Entertaining the redneck Rivieras of the world like a singing troubadour dispensing tequila and Tums, Jimmy Buffett has permeated the public consciousness with such booze-loving party anthems as "Margaritaville" and the unforgettable "Cheeseburgers in Paradise." Unlike his city-slicking Wall Street uncle, Warren Buffett, Jimmy espouses the simple pleasures of ringing steel drums, sand in your shoes, and gentle grooves lapping bare feet. Not surprisingly, BEACH HOUSE ON THE MOON stays true to Buffett form. The Carribean-tinged title track tells of a "splintered ancient mast" and "a hammock from a distant star" in a breezy tale of interstellar sailing. "You Call It Jogging" lambastes the virtues of exercise, with Jimmy obviously more content to doze in a lounger than pound the asphalt, while "Flesh and Bone," Buffett's idea of a relationship song, delivers a lilting gale of steel guitars, organ, and sax to support his "carbon-based caveman" theme. Drunken frat songs are always part of the Buffett oeuvre, and "Math Suks" couples a reggae bump with corrosive commentary on mandatory education. Strange stuff from a guy who's made millions from stock tips and T-shirt sales -- and that's where "Spending Money" comes in. Singing of "money that you did not necessarily earn," Buffett's logic is that of a guy who has so much loot that he's "got no financial conscious, can't worry where it went." That kind of honesty is also what gives Buffett his caché and endears him to millions -- and if you can manage to slow down to Buffett time, you too might get caught up in his brash and balmy spell.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After 30 albums, it would seem as if Jimmy Buffett has said everything he's needed to say, and in a way, that's true. Every once in a while, he'll depart from his sun-kissed, mellow country-rock, such as he did with his music for the audio reading of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or his musical adaptation of Herman Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival, but for his regular albums, he hasn't varied his formula in two decades. That's the case with Beach House on the Moon, his 31st effort. Some may make a big deal about the presence of multimedia sections on the disc, but that's because it's the only thing that separates Beach House from Banana Wind, Buffett's last proper studio album. It's the same style of music, recorded in the same way as that 1996 effort, and to all but the dedicated fan, it could be the same record. There are slight difference, however, particularly in the quality of songs. Although some of Beach House seems a little too cutesy for comfort ("You Call It Joggin'," "I Will Play for Gumbo," etc.), it's by and large a stronger effort than Banana Wind, with more distinctive songs. It's still an album for Parrotheads, who will groove with the laid-back vibe and laugh at the silly jokes, and it's unlikely that it will convert any new fans. But it's a solid Buffett record, delivering everything a fan could want -- it may not offer anything new, but it doesn't disappoint.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
Label:
Island
UPC:
0731452466020
catalogNumber:
524660
Rank:
19481

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Marc Savoy   Accordion
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Bill Miller   Flute
David Davidson   Violin
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Tina Gullickson   Vocals
Roger Guth   Drums
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass Guitar
Jim Horn   Tenor Saxophone
Amy Lee   Saxophone
Mac McAnally   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Mayer   Bass Guitar
Peter Mayer   Guitar,Vocals
Nadirah Shakoor   Vocals
Greg "Fingers" Taylor   Harmonica
Christian Teal   Violin
Mike Utley   Keyboards
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Jack Pearson   Guitar
John Lovell   Trumpet
Tom Mitchell   Saxophone
John Ketchings   Cello
Johnny Martini   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Philly Joe Jones   Arrangement Collaboration
Tony Brown   Producer
J.L. Jamison   Equipment Manager
Russ Kunkel   Producer
Amy Lee   Horn Arrangements
Mac McAnally   Producer
Denny Purcell   Mastering
Alan Shulman   Engineer
Chris Stone   Engineer
Brian Tankersley   Digital Editing
Mike Utley   Producer
Kristin Wilkinson   Arranger
John Lovell   Horn Arrangements
Albert Cottle   Arranger
Charles Pope   Arranger
Tom Mitchell   Horn Arrangements
Ray Stanyard   Cover Photo
Alan Schulman   Engineer
Jonathan Birchfield   Guitar Techician
Clark Johnson   Arranger
Charlie Hood   Management
Stan Kellam   Photo Composites
Reginald Preston   Arranger
Peter Stern   Graphic Design
Robert Arnold   Arrangement Collaboration

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