Changes in Latitudes Changes Attitude - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- Country Rock
- Mono / Stereo
- Norbert Putman; Norbert Putnam
- Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Personnel: Jimmy Buffett (vocals, acoustic guitar); Michael Jeffry (guitar, background vocals); Roger Bartlett (guitar); Billy Puett (flute, recorder); Fingers Taylor (harmonica); Michael Utley (piano, organ); Harry Dailey (bass, background vocals); Kenneth "Barfullo" Buttrey (drums, congas); Ferrell Morris (percussion); David Bryant (background vocals).
Recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida and Quadraphonic Sound Studio, Nashville, Tennessee in November 1976.
Personnel: Jimmy Buffett (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Michael Jeffrey (vocals, guitar); David Bryant , Harry Dailey (vocals); Roger Bartlett (guitar); Sheldon Kurland (strings); Billy Puett (flute, recorder, horns); Greg "Fingers" Taylor (harmonica); Michael Utley (piano, organ); Mike Utley (keyboards); Kenny Buttrey (drums, congas); Michael Gardner (drums); Farrell Morris (percussion).
Recording information: Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL (11/1976); Quadrafonic Sound Studios, Nashville, TN (11/1976).
Photographer: Tom Corcoran.
Arranger: Michael Utley.
One reason why Jimmy Buffett's sixth album, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, is his best record yet is simply the sound. Buffett's move from Don Gant, who produced his last four albums, to Norbert Putnam is a serious upgrade. Putnam, a bassist by trade with a talent for string arranging, specializes in working in Nashville with artists who don't quite belong in Nashville. His production of Eric Andersen's Blue River resulted in a masterpiece, and he's done quality work with the likes of Joan Baez, Neil Young, and Dan Fogelberg, creating a country-pop sound that achieves the crossover such artists crave. Putnam is a perfect fit for Buffett; he gives the music the polish Buffett's always needed. But that only explains the reason why the album works so well sonically. The main reason it's Buffett's best is the songs, most of which he wrote. Buffett has always been a good songwriter when he had the time to apply himself, and he's been developing a persona that reaches its culmination here. Or, it might be said that the persona takes a logical next step. Buffett's alter ego is something of a screwup, a guy who's on the road, sometimes defined as a traveling musician, and who fuels himself on liquor and recreational drugs. He wants to get home to his loved ones, but he's actually not in that much of a hurry to do so. The guy who sang "Come Monday" in 1974 ("I just want you back by my side") has evolved into someone who's been on the road so long that he and his pals "Wonder Why We Ever Go Home." He may, as he claims, "Miss You So Badly," but he also acknowledges, "The longer I'm gone the closer I feel to you." When he is at home, he is clearly at loose ends, and this is where Buffett's observations are most acute, as he leads off the LP's two sides with its two best songs. The title tune finds him world-weary yet ready to head off again. "If I wasn't crazy I would go insane," goes the chorus. And the culmination of it all comes on the irresistibly catchy, completely self-deprecating "Margaritaville," a guitar-strumming beach bum's declaration of purpose (or purposelessness). He can't remember how he got a new tattoo, he has cut his foot on the "pop top" of a beer can, and his heart seems to have been broken some time in the past (he doesn't seem to remember all that well), but soon his blender will finish stirring up his favorite drink and all will be well. The song is an anthem for the Buffett character and likely to prove an archetype. ~ William Ruhlmann
- Country of Origin
- MCA (USA)
- Studio / Live
- Jimmy Buffett
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Wonder Why We Ever Go Home
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Banana Republics
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Tampico Trauma
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Lovely Cruise
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Margaritaville
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] In the Shelter
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Miss You So Badly
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Biloxi
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Landfall
- Universal Distribution
- 41m 28s
- Video Disabled
- Marty Lewis
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