Jimmy Buffett’s Classic Albums, ‘Songs You Know By Heart’ & ‘A-1-A,’ Available Back On Vinyl For First Time In Decades
By Scott Green
November 22, 2016
Jimmy Buffett’s classic albums, Songs You Know By Heart and A-1-A, have been released back on vinyl via Geffen/UMe, making the timeless records available for the first time in decades on the format they were originally released on.
Jimmy’s beloved greatest hits album, Songs You Know By Heart, has remained a perennial favorite since it was released in 1985 and has sold more than seven million copies. Buoyed by his trademark single, “Margaritaville,” its success acknowledged at the time of release with the winking subtitle, Jimmy Buffett’s Greatest Hit(s), the album collects some of the songwriter’s best known songs including “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” “A Pirate Looks At Forty,” “Come Monday” and “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor.” These iconic tunes have become a part of our collective memory and fixtures in Jimmy’s sold-out concert tours. The album is a perfect primer for those just discovering Jimmy or for Parrotheads that want to replace their worn out copy.
Jimmy’s fifth album, A-1-A, named for the beach access road that runs on and off U.S. 1 in Florida, was released in 1974. Described by All Music Guide as one of his “classic ’70s albums that established his persona,” and “a perfect introduction to his music,” the record is filled with the breezy, laid-back melodies and songs of surf, sun and good times that Jimmy has become known around the world for. From the carefree, autobiographical romp of “Life Is Just A Tire Swing” to the twangy, tongue-in-cheek “Door Number Three,” written with Steve Goodman, to the topical shuffle of “Migration,” it’s easy to hear why the album is considered one of Jimmy’s best.
Jimmy also has a brand new Christmas record guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood. Tis The SeaSon, released October 28 on Mailboat Records, features many classic Christmas favorites, as well as three new songs written especially for the album. The 13-track record also includes an updated Parrothead version of “The 12 Days Of Christmas.”
ABOUT JIMMY BUFFETT
Singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture as the composer of such classic songs as “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday” and “Cheeseburger In Paradise.” He has recorded over fifty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrotheads, many of whom are professionals by day and who dress in spectacular and outrageous tropical outfits and headwear when Jimmy comes to town.
Born in the Gulf Coast town of Pascagoula, Mississippi, he was raised in Mobile, Alabama. He is a fourth-generation sailor and fisherman, a pilot, a surfer, and a frequent traveler to remote and exotic places of the world, having become addicted to National Geographic magazine as a child. The lyrics to many of his songs are influenced by his travels all over the globe.
As a best-selling author, he is one of only nine authors in the history of the New York Times Bestseller List to have reached #1 on both their fiction and nonfiction lists. Jimmy has received two Grammy nominations, numerous Country Music Association awards and was the recipient of one of the nation’s highest songwriting honors when he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
And now Jimmy is heading into the Theatre world. The idea of turning Margaritaville into a musical has been percolating for quite a while but now it’s gearing up to make its debut. The musical will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, in La Jolla, California, in May 2017. It will feature the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, from an original story, and includes both new songs and the most-loved Buffett classics.
Speaking of Buffett classics, the most famous of them all, “Margaritaville” has been inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance. Only those recordings that have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations are considered for this most special honor.