Fruitcakes

Fruitcakes

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by Jimmy Buffett
     
 

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The best thing about Jimmy Buffett's Fruitcakes is the perpetually over-served Key Wester's Howard Beale impersonation on the album's title track. Like many of us, Buffett is angry about enormous movie theater sodas, crazy people walking around with mud in their eyes, and the screwy nature of modern religion and relationships. His gripe is delivered via aSee more details below

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The best thing about Jimmy Buffett's Fruitcakes is the perpetually over-served Key Wester's Howard Beale impersonation on the album's title track. Like many of us, Buffett is angry about enormous movie theater sodas, crazy people walking around with mud in their eyes, and the screwy nature of modern religion and relationships. His gripe is delivered via a half-spoken ramble over a typical Caribbean lope that's as forgettable as it is recognizable. The song works not because it rehashes the same temperate groove, but because Buffett's rap sails so close to the infectious on-stage persona that's become his five-star meal ticket in recent years. The album's other standouts work for the same reason. A pastel cover of the Grateful Dead's "Uncle John's Band," the jaunty "Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost," and "Lone Palm," which looks at life from under just such a tree, all ring with that faded T-shirt vibe so prevalent in Buffett's best work. Along with the touching daughterly tribute "Delaney Talks to Statues," these slices of Fruitcakes further the fantasy of landlocked Parrotheads everywhere, the one that makes that final margarita okay, banishes winter to an old tin can, and shakes white sand into every crevice of the office cubicle. Earnest ballads like "Love in the Library" are nice, but Buffett's cheeky rhymes and effectively simplistic playing just can't support them with the sophistication -- or seriousness -- they deserve. His Panama Jack pirate act is a one trick pony, no question. But it has limitless legs and is continually sold on the fact that everyone wants to be Jimmy Buffett some of the time. Fruitcakes' most memorable morsels make this wish come true, if only for a few surf-soaked minutes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/1994
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008811104320
catalogNumber:
11043
Rank:
3448

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Nicolette Larson   Vocals
Robert Greenidge   Percussion,Steel Drums
Roger Guth   Drums
Amy Lee   Saxophone
Mac McAnally   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Mayer   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Peter Mayer   Guitar,Vocals
G.E. Smith   Guitar
Michael Tschudin   Keyboards
Michael Utley   Keyboards
John Lovell   Trumpet
Claudia Cummings   Vocals
Nicole Yarling   Violin,Vocals
Mary Harris   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Arranger,Composer
Rob Eaton   Engineer
Roger Guth   Composer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Russ Kunkel   Producer
Amy Lee   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Mac McAnally   Composer
Jim Mayer   Composer
Peter Mayer   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
G.E. Smith   Arranger
Michael Tschudin   Composer
Mary Harris   Vocal Arrangements

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