Hot Water

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076742209322
  • Catalog Number: 42093
  • Sales rank: 15,275

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Buffett Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
The 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, Guitar, 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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm searching for the spirit of the great heart...

    "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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    something is seriously missing...

    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...

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