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Before Jimmy Buffett became a novelist, entrepreneur, and founder of a business empire, he was a prolific singer/songwriter and a great storyteller. In the song "Migration," which chronicles his failed first marriage and his subsequent move to Florida, he sings "I got a Caribbean soul I can barely control and some Texas hidden here in my heart." This perfectly describes the music of Jimmy Buffett, who incorporates steel drums, harmonica, and slide guitar to tell stories about life by the sea. While many of the songs for which he is famous involve a life of leisure told with a keen sense of humor, Buffett is more thoughtful than your average beachcomber. In fact, the best moments on this album are the slower tunes such as "A Pirate Looks at Forty" where a reflective Buffett looks back at his lifelong love of the ocean and his place in the universe. A-1-A may be Buffett's most autobiographical album, as he sings about making music on his own terms in the opening up-tempo "Makin' Music for Money" and tells stories of his idyllic childhood in "Life Is Just a Tire Swing." As with most of Buffett's work, his stories convey the importance of enjoying life, living free, and doing as you please. This is one of Jimmy Buffett's classic '70s albums that established his persona, and it is a perfect introduction to his music.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mca
UPC: 0076732159026
catalogNumber: 1590
Rank: 61652


  1. Makin' Music for Money
  2. Door Number Three
  3. Dallas
  4. Presents to Send You
  5. Stories We Could Tell
  6. Life Is Just a Tire Swing
  7. A Pirate Looks at Forty
  8. Migration
  9. Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season
  10. Nautical Wheelers
  11. Tin Cup Chalice

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Steve Goodman   Acoustic Guitar
Buzz Cason   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Bartlett   Guitar
Tommy Cogbill   Bass
Sammy Creason   Drums
Don Gant   Vocals,Background Vocals
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Greg "Fingers" Taylor   Harmonica
Mike Utley   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Bergen White   Vocals,Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Bryant   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alex Harvey   Composer
Don Gant   Producer
Tommy Semmes   Engineer

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