Gene Mitchell has a strong release to follow up his debut album, Caribbean Cowboy. This album contains the song that Gene Mitchell offered Jimmy Buffet, "Out Past The Reef." Luckily for everyone it was turned down by Jimmy Buffet's people, because that was the turning point for Gene Mitchell and Sailor Boy Records. The tune that has the most charisma is "Big Coconut," it has a contagious melody that you can't get out of your mind.The lyrics are humorous and the nature of the song is upbeat. On "The Sun And The Wind," Gene Mitchell's vocals are in the Colin Hay of Men At Work style, very powerful with strong accentuations in the lyrics.This pop sound is a welcome change from the island music, adding variety to the contents of the album. Wendy Lee joins Gene Mitchell on track eight, "Tide I Ride" making this an attractive duet. Their harmony vocals have a rare quality and beauty. Wendy Lee joins in on "Out Past The Reef" and "Mind On The Islands" also. This is a high quality production that would compliment everyones library.Although it lacks the variety of Gene Mitchell's debut release, it is still a very powerful and entertaining album.
Big Coconut Review
by Larry Belanger