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A1A

Jimmy Buffett

1974

A1A
Album Summary

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A1A or A-1-A is the fifth studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and the third major label album in Buffett's Don Gant-produced "Key West phase". It was initially released in December 1974 as Dunhill DS-50183 and later re-released on Dunhill's successor labels ABC and MCA. The album is named for Florida State Road A1A that runs mostly along the Atlantic Ocean and is the main road through most oceanfront towns. It is also referenced in the song "Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season". The album's original back cover is a photograph of a section of A1A. The album reached No. 25 on the Billboard 200 album chart but did not make the country chart. Singles included "A Pirate Looks at Forty" (b/w "Presents to Send You") released in February 1975 and "Door Number Three" (b/w "Dallas") in July 1975 which reached No. 88 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. In Canada the album also reached No. 25. The album's songs are typical of Buffett's music in the early and mid-1970s. The music is heavily country oriented with Buffett backed by the Third Coral Reefer Band with a number of Nashville session musicians. Likewise, several of the songs (the entire second side of the album) are nautical-themed, a feature of Buffett's music following his move to Key West, Florida.

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2.72

Votes

71

Genres

  • Country

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Wed Jan 31 2024
4

I've recently been intrigued by the philosophical ramifications of Jimmy Buffett's world. It's hard to tell whether his characters live in paradise, purgatory, or hell. Every day yields the same white sand beaches, one too many tropical drinks, and doesn't really have consequences in the end. Does this Sisyphean trudge make anyone happy? I guess what ends up answering my question is the fact that I would love to be on a beach listening to this. 7/10

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Sat Feb 10 2024
5

Jimmy just mellows me out every time. Back half way stronger than the front half. Where's my margarita glass?

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Sat Feb 10 2024
5

What handsome man picked this one? Absolutely legendary

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Thu Jan 11 2024
4

Pretty nostalgic. My parents used to always blast classic Jimmy. Reminds me of my childhood.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
4

Below freezing temperatures outside yesterday. This album was a great counter to that. Thanks for suggesting.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
3

I don't know that I ever sat down and listened through a Jimmy Buffet album before and it was a congenial experience. Not really my genre but he definitely carves his own niche somewhere along the axis of Country and Southern Rock.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
4

This was a fuckin fun little romp. I know what Jimmy Buffett does in theory, but I never really paid any attention. It's pretty catchy stuff. 4/5.

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Fri May 17 2024
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Presents to send you, Trying to reason with hurricane season, Nautical wheelers

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Wed Jan 31 2024
3

6/10. I mean, it's a whole album of Jimmy Buffet. I agree he ought to have something on the list, and I might have given it a 7 if I'd listened to it in the summer on the beach with a strong drink

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Tue Feb 13 2024
3

Can’t say I expected a song about the Monty Hall problem. Also look at that power sit stance. Pretty sure I saw a dude at a coffee shop working too. I mean Jimmy Buffet is fine, but not hugely my thing but I don’t hate it. I sorta respect it?

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Tue Feb 13 2024
3

I'm familiar with Buffett's hits because, oddly enough, he has a rather large following in Cincinnati of all places. I guess it's the kind of place where people really need a low key escapist fantasy in a musical form in order to cope with their day to day existence. The cover captures that slacker escape image perfectly, but besides "A Pirate Looks At 40," there really aren't any other iconic hits here. This album shows that he really is a country singer/songwriter at his core. I feel like Gulf and Western is a cute but accurate description of the sound. Overall, his writing is either a little too jokey, or a little too sentimental for me, but if the lifestyle he's selling works for you, I get it.

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Mon Mar 11 2024
3

Atta boy Jimmy, what a chill time.

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Sat Apr 13 2024
3

I've gained a lot more respect for Jimmy Buffett since he passed away and all the tributes poured in. It was especially interesting seeing an old quote from Bob Dylan mentioning Jimmy Buffett as one of the songwriters he most admired. Having said that, this is all good, though a bit too country-ish for my taste. 3 stars.

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Sat May 04 2024
3

RIP Jimmy - this was such a relaxing listen, an LP that couldn’t give a fuck about what’s going on in the world so long as it has a beer in hand in the beach. Great prominent guitar, good melodies, and that characteristic sense of chill. Not the most memorable or dynamic songwriting in the world, but a great listen nonetheless.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
2

I was not aware of the existence of this thing called Tropical Rock. When I heard it, it took me to the Californian sound intoxicated with country rock. It's not really my cup of tea, but I'm glad I discovered this new genre and artist

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Thu Feb 08 2024
2

I was trained against beach vacations and grew up without Buffett strains in my ears. So what conclusion to make about the tropicality or non- of the way A-1-A flew by? Can't be sure, but I had trouble getting into the record. "Life Is Just a Tire Swing" is a heck of a line, though, more than halfway to country which is what most of this ends up as.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
2

Probably a big deal when you're into country, but not something I can get excited about.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
2

I really believe that someone can see the beauty in this. For me, it's sounds nice and comfortable but that's it. I'm just not into country I'm afraid.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
2

I like C & W but this was just a bit bland for me.

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Thu Jan 11 2024
1

Really generic sounding rock

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