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Down to Earth

Jimmy Buffett

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Album Review

Yes, that smiling youth with a non-receding hairline pictured on the back cover is actually Jimmy Buffett, back in 1970 when this was a new album on a label that's long since stopped making phonograph records for the masses. In 1998 Down to Earth finally came out on compact disc in its original form, with only "Richard Frost" as a bonus track to flesh it out. Instead, the focus stays right on Buffett's strong early writing and his almost organic empathy with his backing band, making tracks like "Truckstop Salvation," "Ellis Dee (He Ain't Free)," "The Christian?," and "Captain America" some of the best of his early recordings.

Customer Reviews

Awesome!

I have a pretty nice Jimmy Buffett library, and this is probably one of my favorite albums.. songs like The Christian and Truckstop Salvation are classics that few people know about.. buy this album! Its unlike a lot of Jimmy Buffett, which can get a little old.. this is a breath of fresh air... even though its the oldest!

Jimmy Starts Off Strong

On this album, you hear the great stories that Jimmy is known for. Jimmy really hits a home run with his first album. The songs are very good and the music is good too. I can't sit here and tell you which tracks are the best because in my opinion, all 11 are great. This is probably one of the best Jimmy Buffett albums that you can buy. I give it a full 5 stars!

American Storyteller?

I have most of this album on a CD by a different name "Jimmy Buffett:American Storyteller". There are a few different songs but it's mostly the same. With that out of the way, this is Jimmy Buffett before Margaritaville,before Come Monday. Jimmy trying to shake off his altar boy roots, trying to make a go at making a living out of being a musician. Like most Buffett albums, it took me a few listens to get into the songs, now it's one of my favorites. This is not an album for those who's only idea of Jimmy Buffett are "Why don't we get drunk" or "Margaritaville". This is an album for those who want to see the roots of Jimmy Buffett.

Biography

Born: December 25, 1946 in Pascagoula, MS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Jimmy Buffett translated his easygoing Gulf Coast persona into more than just a successful recording career — he expanded into clothing, nightclubs, and literature — but the basis of the business empire that kept him on the Fortune magazine list of highest-earning entertainers was his music. Born in southern Mississippi and raised in Alabama, Buffett moved to Nashville to try to make it in country music in the late '60s. After signing to the Barnaby label, he released one album, 1970's...
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