You Had to Be There: Recorded Live

You Had to Be There: Recorded Live

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by Jimmy Buffett
     
 

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Jimmy Buffett's first live set established the treasure chest of gags and grooves that would make the singer impossibly successful over the next 20-plus years. As an easygoing, '70s-sounding Buffett says at the beginning of "Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit," "I've been wanting to do a live album for (a long time) since that's where we have the best time." And he proves to be a

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Jimmy Buffett's first live set established the treasure chest of gags and grooves that would make the singer impossibly successful over the next 20-plus years. As an easygoing, '70s-sounding Buffett says at the beginning of "Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit," "I've been wanting to do a live album for (a long time) since that's where we have the best time." And he proves to be a gracious, goofy host, straying into rambling tangents of conversation and storytelling that are at least (if not more) entertaining than the music itself. Musically, "Pencil Thin Moustache" becomes amped-up barroom boogie rock, complete with a honking harmonica. The Coral Reefer Band imbues "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" with the creaking charm of a comfortable deck chair; with Buffett's smiling vocal on top, it sounds better than an open bar tab at a Caribbean beach café. Later, Buffett introduces his biggest hit with some prescient banter. "People ask me, 'Where the hell is "Margaritaville"?'" He suggests that the famed, fictional island might be at the bottom of a Cuervo bottle before saying "It's anywhere you want it to be." And with that, Buffett launches into the song that caused a thousand unplanned sick days. While his big hits sound great, low-key acoustic numbers like "God's Own Drunk" and "Captain and the Kid" show off his songwriting and guitar playing while keeping things light with funny asides. Fans of Buffett's show will recognize You Had to be There as a prototype of his later summertime extravaganzas; for everyone, it's simply an entertaining live album from an era when the concert industry wasn't yet contaminated by greed, gold level seating, and rote performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076732600528
catalogNumber:
6005

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Barry Chance   Guitar
Harry Dailey   Bass
Debbie McCall   Vocals
Jay Spell   Keyboards
Greg "Fingers" Taylor   Harmonica
Mike Utley   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Composer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Tim Krekel   Composer
Kenny Buttrey   Contributor
Marvin Gardens   Composer
Marty Lewis   Engineer
Deborah McColl   Contributor
Norbert Putnam   Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Remixing
Greg "Fingers" Taylor   Composer
Kosh   Art Direction
Tom Corcoran   Art Direction

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You Had to Be There: Recorded Live 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The talent of these artists was exceptional. We had fun and still got the job done. (it was the 70's) I will always be grateful that I was a groupie, and witnessed history in the making. Barry Chance had great talent. Amazing music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago