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Hot Water
     

Hot Water

4.5 2
by Jimmy Buffett
 

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Jimmy Buffett's popular success with "Margaritaville" tended to silence the criticisms of the music industry he had expressed on such albums as Living and Dying in ¾ Time (e.g., the plea for airplay that was "Saxophones"). But by the time he released his 15th studio album, Hot Water, in 1988, Buffett had been

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Jimmy Buffett's popular success with "Margaritaville" tended to silence the criticisms of the music industry he had expressed on such albums as Living and Dying in ¾ Time (e.g., the plea for airplay that was "Saxophones"). But by the time he released his 15th studio album, Hot Water, in 1988, Buffett had been off the radio (even as his concert revenues steadily increased) for a long time, and he was ready to complain again on the LP's lead-off track (and, amazingly, its single) "Homemade Music," which began with the declaration, "I ain't no video king." The homemade music on the disc, featuring a long list of session musicians and star guests (Steve Winwood, Timothy B. Schmit, Grover Washington, Jr., the Neville Brothers, James Taylor, Rita Coolidge), tended more toward funky jazz-pop than some other Buffett releases, and, as usual, there were a few well-written songs and at least one stellar cover, longtime Buffett favorite Jesse Winchester's "L'Air de la Louisiane." (South African singer/songwriter Johnny Clegg's "Great Heart" is another good song, too, of course, but Buffett's claim on it seemed tenuous.) "Prince of Tides" was a partially recited musical rendering of the Pat Conroy novel of the same name for the literarily inclined singer, while "Pre-You" was a cute lyrical idea. But also as usual, Hot Water was uneven, with some songs that seemed just rote, resulting in another half-baked effort that didn't seem to justify its demand for popular recognition.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076742209322
catalogNumber:
42093
Rank:
74962

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Performance Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals
Steve Cropper   Electric Guitar
Aaron Neville   Background Vocals
Art Neville   Background Vocals
James Taylor   Background Vocals
Steve Winwood   Organ,Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Memphis Horns   Horn
Alex Blake   Bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Wayne Jackson   Trombone,Trumpet
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Andrew Love   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Harmonica,Mandolin,Bass Harmonica
Marcus Miller   Bass
Jeff Mironov   Electric Guitar
Cyril Neville   Background Vocals
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Background Vocals
Greg "Fingers" Taylor   Harmonica
Richard Tee   Piano
Mike Utley   Organ,Synthesizer
Grover Washington   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Williams   Drums
Michael Utley   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards
Bill Eaton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

William Eaton   Horn Arrangements
Ralph MacDonald   Producer
Russ Kunkel   Producer
Jay Rifkin   Engineer
Michael Utley   Producer
Kosh   Art Direction

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Great Heart" was one of my top ten favorite songs from the 1980s, as was "Homemade Music". Jimmy does a great job with Jesse Winchester's "L'air de la Louisiane", as well as Johnny Clegg's "Great Heart".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I should be writing this review under license to chill, i have been on the buffett band wagon for over 22 years, and i resepect his music and talent, but in all honesty fingers taylor is missing from what was one of the best group of musicians, subtract him out and it's not sitting under palm trees and the music doesn't take you away to never neverland, it's just not there... sales maybe fine, but is that because of 5o'clock? I would be saying the same thing if it was utley gone. jimmy get out of nashville and get to the island where you left a whole lot of us buffett fans stranded on one particular harbour and a secluded sandbar...