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Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band: Jimmy Buffett, Peter Mayer, Mac McAnally (vocals, guitar); Jim Mayer (vocals, bass); Nadirah Shakoor, Tina Gullickson (vocals); Greg "Fingers" Taylor (harmonica); Amy Lee, Tom Mitchell (saxophone); John Lovell (trumpet); Michael Utley (keyboards); Roger Guth (drums); Robert Greenidge (steel drums); Ralph McDonald (percussion).
Additional personnel: Jack Pearson (guitar, slide guitar); Doyle Grisham (steel guitar); Stewart Duncan (fiddle); Christian Teal, David Davidson (violin); Kristin Wilkinson (viola); John Ketchings (cello); Bill Miller (flute); Marc Savoy (accordion); Jim Horn (tenor saxophone); Johnny Martini (trumpet); David Hood (bass); Roger Hawkins (drums).
The Tams: Joe Jones, Robert Arnold, Reginald Preston, Clark Johnson (vocals).
Producers: Michael Utley, Mac McAnally, Russ Kunkel, Tony Brown.
Principally recorded at La La Land, Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Shrimpboat Sound, Key West, Florida. Includes liner notes by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Over the years, Jimmy Buffett has earned a fanatical legion of admirers on a par with the Grateful Dead's army of Deadheads. Like the Deadheads, Buffett's "Parrotheads" see something in Buffett that goes beyond music--a way of life exemplified by the image their hero continues to perpetuate. On BEACH HOUSE ON THE MOON, Buffett is still the good-time Charlie with a tan, a tropical drink, and a loud shirt.
A closer listen reveals a deeper side to the man's songwriting. For instance, while the title song features a lilting, semi-tropical rhythms and steel drum coloring, the minor key melody supports some literate, sophisticated lyrical imagery. That's not to say Buffett's lost his famed sense of humor--check out his version of John D. Loudermilk's sarcastically good-natured "You Call It Jogging" (which contains the punch line: "I call it runnin' around"). It's the marriage of relaxed party atmosphere and thoughtful sentiments that make BEACH HOUSE such a well-balanced album.
Rolling Stone (7/8-7/22/99, pp.151-2) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...Buffett has proved with his latest public offering that his core business - making music - remains in good stead."
Entertainment Weekly (5/28/99, p.144) - "...Buffet's 31st album finds the escapist troubadour musing on martality and regret with a pensiveness that's considerably more compelling thatn his usual laid-back hedonism..." - Rating: B
CMJ (6/7/99, p.34) - "...BEACH HOUSE is all about music....well-honed tracks that sets down a laid-back groove made meaty by a top-notch supporting cast."