Jimmy Buffett’s classic albums, Songs You Know By Heart and A-1-A, have been released back on vinyl via Geffen/UMe through Universal Music Canada, making the timeless records available for the first time in decades, in the format which they were originally released.
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 favourites, 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.”