Although Jimmy Buffet has never enjoyed tremendous record sales throughout his career, his concerts are always guaranteed sellouts. Buffett's rabidly loyal, often drunken, fun-seeking fan base, the parrotheads, are in no small way responsible for this fact. Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays tries to capture the essence of a live Buffett concert from the late '90s. This live set gives fans a handful of '90s Buffett tracks as well as many classics that have become staples of his live shows. Listening to tracks like "Fruitcakes," "Coconut Telegraph," and the fan favorite "Fins" (complete with Jaws theme music) you can't help but feel Buffett has brought the crowd to a place where they are having a great time and no one has a care in the world. This is a goal Buffett has always tried to provide for his fans, and he has almost always succeeded. Some of the strongest tracks presented here are "Trying to Reason with the Hurricane Season" and a cover of Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Southern Cross," which features gorgeous backing vocals provided by members of Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. Parrotheads who may feel they have heard most of these tracks on earlier live releases will be happy to hear "Margaritaville" -- complete with the lost verse -- and every longtime fan will love hearing Buffett dusting off the obscure classic "Tin Cup Chalice." This collection is a nice addition to the collection of a casual fan who already owns and enjoys Buffett's classic Songs You Know by Heart. Buffett's music may not change the world, but it certainly makes it more fun and for a sun-drenched, alcohol-soaked good time you still can't beat Jimmy Buffett.
Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Review
by Paul Tinelli