Far Side of the World

Far Side of the World

by Jimmy Buffett
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Far Side of the World

Jimmy Buffett has always been prone to setting his own course through the often choppy waters of the rock world, and with this album -- the first he's recorded for his self-administered label -- he sets sail for territories that, while familiar to longtime fans, have gone unexplored for quite a spell. Far Side of This World finds him reflecting more often than scanning the horizon for the next wacky adventure. To that end, Buffett harks back to his earliest days (circa "Come Monday") in order to create the melancholy yet optimistic ambience of "Tonight I Just Need My Guitar." He brings a similarly wistful tone to a cover of Bruce Cockburn's "All the Ways I Want You" -- one of the few love songs that don't sound out of place coming from a man in his late 50s. But as a legion of Parrotheads is well aware, Buffett can only stay mellow for so long, and Far Side of This World has its share of party fodder, the best of which is deeply marinated in Cajun spice. The spirit of New Orleans asserts itself on several songs, most notably a cover of Sonny Landreth's "U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile" and a Caribbean-Cajun hybrid, "Autour de Rocher." On a similarly celebratory note, "What if the Hokey Pokey Is All It Really Is About" might well offer another bit of audience participation for future Buffett concerts. Far Side of This World takes listeners on a fantastic voyage, while offering plenty of creature comforts to enjoy along the way.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/2002
Label: Mailboat Records
UPC: 0698268200524
catalogNumber: 2005
Rank: 108289

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Sonny Landreth   Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mike Burch   Drums
Tony Cedras   Accordion
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Robert Greenidge   Timbales,Steel Drums
Doyle Grisham   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tina Gullickson   Vocals
Roger Guth   Drums
Jim Horn   Tenor Saxophone
J.L. Jamison   Percussion,Drums,Steel Drums
Amy Lee   Saxophone
Mac McAnally   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Vocals
Vincent Nguini   Guitar
David Ranson   Bass
Nadirah Shakoor   Vocals
Carol Steele   Guitar,Shekere
Michael Utley   Accordion,Keyboards
John Lovell   Trumpet
Tom Mitchell   Saxophone
Peter Mayer   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Liner Notes,Camera Operator
David Angell   String Section
Savannah Jane Buffett   Camera Operator
David Davidson   String Section
Connie Ellisor   String Section
Jim Grosjean   String Section
Amy Lee   Horn Arrangements
Dave O'Donnell   Engineer
Pamela Sixfin   String Section
Russ Titelman   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Track Arrangement
Kristin Wilkinson   String Section
Michael Utley   String Arrangements
John Lovell   Horn Arrangements
Kosh   Art Direction
Tom Mitchell   Horn Arrangements
Phil Gitomer   Engineer
Rodney Gnoinsky   Computer Editing
Peta Scriba   Engineer
Eric Bickel   Engineer
Stan Kellam   Director,Camera Operator
Scott Kidd   Engineer
Coral Reefer Band   Track Arrangement

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Far Side of the World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the return of real buffet for all the parrothead fans.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say, I love Jimmy's music, but the past few albums haven't been what I need in a cd. I had almost given up hope and then I heard Far Side. OH MAN! It was great! I can't stop listening to it. Every song is great. Its one of those cd's you can put in and not have to worry about wanting to skip songs. The concert was awesome too by the way. I can't recomend Far Side enough
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I can't remember the last Buffett album/cd that blew me away the first time like Far Side. There are some incredible new tunes to cherish and undoubtedly many new memories to be had. Parrotheads...we've got new sing-a-long material. Jimmy keeps updating the soundtrack of my life. Bring on Summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jimmy Buffett just gets better and better. This is one of his most creative and ingenious works in years, from one of the longest lasting artists out there. His appeal is never ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet another magical medley of Margaritaville melodies and beautiful Buffett ballads! Even the newest Parrot Head will love this journey to the far side of the world. Jimmy has proven yet again that he a master songwriter and musician.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love the guitar work on this CD. His ability to take us away to another place in mind keeps his flock of Parrottheads wanting more. And he delivers quite well! Ballads and fun tunes are reminescent of Barometer Soup (just one of my all time favorites).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 30 years old and became a Buffett fan in the late 80's listening to Songs You Know By Heart in college. Then I bought Jimmy's box set Bars, Boats, Beaches and Ballads and was really hooked. Fruitcakes solidified for me that Buffett was one of a kind artist. With extremely limited airplay, no MTV videos, and hardly any mass market advertising here is someone who has thrived on the fringes of the music industry for over three decades. Today's young anti-establishment musicians could learn a lot from Jimmy. With his subsequent albums I was hoping for the lightening in a bottle I experienced with Fruitcakes. I was a little disappointed that the albums, as wholes, did not stand up to Fruitcakes. Don't get me wrong, a mediocre Buffett album is much better than most top-ten albums released today. I still play Banana Wind and Barometer Soup and Beach Houses on the Moon and Don't Stop the Carnival, but I'll skip to certain songs that really speak to me. I still see Jimmy every Summer when he visits the Philadelphia area and I have my tickets for June 27th of this year. (By the way, Rush, Dave Matthews, The Who, Alanis Morrissette, Blink 182 & Greenday, and the Vans Warped Tour are all playing the same arena as Jimmy, but none of those bands are sold out. Jimmy sold out the first day.) Then along comes Far Side of the World and, to me, sets a new standard! This is the first Buffett album since Fruitcakes in which every song is completely solid. It has found a permanent home in the cd changer in my truck. If you want to hear a truly great artist speak to you just put this disk in your player and get lost in the music. I plan on wasting away many sunny afternoons listening to ''Blue Guitar'', ''Some Day I Will'', ''Far Side of the World'', ''Savannah, Fare You Well'', and ''Tonight I Just Need My Guitar.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Been waiting a while for this one. Now I have it and can't stop listening. Contains some sure to be classic Buffett tunes. ''Tonight I Just Need My Guitar'', ''Altered Boy'', ''Savannah Fare You Well'' and ''What If The Hokey-Pokey Is All It Really Is About?'' are my favorites! Thanks once again Jimmy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So much talent, so little displayed. Age has mellowed more than the outside of this talented man. His latest album suffers from a push to get out one more album without much thought to quality. Jimmy may still have something to say, but he isn't talking here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago