Beach House on the Moon

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Barnes & Noble - Ken Micallef
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ken Micallef
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452466020
  • Catalog Number: 524660
  • Sales rank: 2,337

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Buffett Primary Artist, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    faocean, a Buffett fan

    I agree with hoochiecoochiemandog,, Jimmy should write a song about the reviewers. Especially the one that wrote the review about "You call it jogging". Was this gentleman listening to the same song as the rest of us? I wonder if he thinks that the Illiad was about someone with an illness. And just because some people have a talent for earning money doesn't mean it's the most important thing in their lives. I think a good title for a Buffett song would be "open your ears and put down the pen" (no offense Mr. Reviewer man, but it's time to listen). I think Beach House On The Moon is a beautiful, warm sensitive and sometimes funny look at a lifestyle that many of us would love to live. I am certainly one of them. The song titles say it all. This may or may not be a,,,,,,, "Semi-True Story" Enjoy this music, that's what it's there for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A slightly different direction, but an awesome result

    After the first listen I wasn't sure. After the second I got interested. After the third I was hooked. Great sound, style and Jimmy's profound blue jean poetry are all here. I'm not as crazy about ''You call it joggin'' as I am the other tunes, but overall it's simply a great album and ranks right up there with any of his previous efforts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buffett still has it going on !!!!

    This is a wonderful CD. My favorite on this cd is ''Lucky Stars''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    review this

    Jimmy Buffet should write a song about all the weirdos who review his music - the people who think anyone cares about their pseudo-intellectual comments are really quite funny because they just don't get it - do ya think some of these tunes just might be for the fun of it?

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    Posted August 4, 2009

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