November 4, 2013 – 4:34 am

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New York 1980 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Palladium, New York City, NY; March 14, 1980. Very good WNEW FM broadcast.

Jimmy Buffett just isn’t getting enough respect… or else, as somebody posted: Breaking News: Jimmy Buffett Sucks.

At philadelphiaweekly.com, Michael Alan Goldberg blogged:

The real story is that Buffett has sunk his silly little three-chord hooks into America’s collective conscience and won’t let go. The 62-year-old tropical-rock pioneer is no longer a mere musician; he’s a lifestyle guru, a canny opportunist who’s branded and co-opted the “island escape” fantasy so many times over and in so many different mediums that he’s effectively inserted himself into the fantasy itself. And that’s fucking criminal, amigo. Think about it: When was the last time you took a trip to Mexico and didn’t hear “Margaritaville” blare at some beachside bar?

radgnarlson couldn’t agree more:

I’m a professional musician and have had to play Margaritaville more than anyone would ever care to. Truly his songs are most vapid, puerile stuff anyone could write. My dream in life is to go on tour with a big name act, but honestly he is the only one I would turn down if asked. I can usually find something to appreciate about any style of music but Jimmy’s songs just make me want to plug my ears until it’s over.

On the other hand, reader Joe Veca voiced:

I am a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, yes. Do I think he was a great voice, nope, but his music makes people happy from the Florida coast to the “left” coast here in California as Mr Buffett calls it.

Or, as Conor Friedersdorf quipped in The Atlantic:

…Given a research grant to study it, I’d work very hard to gain access to the enigmatic Jimmy Buffett. Is he the most successful medium chill American ever? Or the “killer” who most persuasively plays a medium chill person in public?

For the Jimmy Buffett fans, here’s one for you.

Thanks to dolphinsmile for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Dime reader cryptical17 added: “Hey it’s GREAT to see some classic era Jimmy Buffett! This is a nice show.  Greg “Fingers” Taylor on vocals for the opening number (”It’s Too Late”).”

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Disc 1
Track 101. It’s Too Late 4:43 (some tape flutter, warm up, no Buffett) (7.9MB)
Track 102. Manana 4:32 (7.6MB)
Track 103. Pencil Thin Mustache 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 104. Son of a Son of a Sailor 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 105. Volcano 4:40 (7.8MB)
Track 106. Come Monday 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 107. Why Dont We Get Drunk 3:54 (6.6MB)
Track 108. Fins 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 109. Margaritaville 4:59 (8.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Dreamsicle 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 202. God’s Own Drunk 10:32 (17.7MB)
Track 203. Chanson Pour Enfants 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 204. Cheesburger in Paradise 5:16 (8.8MB)
Track 205. Changes in Lattitudes 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track 206. Pirate Looks at Forty 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 207. Treat Her Like a Lady 6:30 (10.9MB)
Track 208. Dixie Diner 6:21 (10.7MB)
87 mins

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  1. 13 Responses to “JIMMY BUFFETT - NEW YORK 1980”

  2. “stuff anyone could write”… Sure. And I´m professional musician too. That´s why i´ve written tons of top 10 songs but haven´t sung them ever cause they´re too bad. ´noughlaugh.

    I´m with Joe Veca.
    So this one´s for me.
    Thank you!

    By Kint on Nov 4, 2013

  3. Can’t help thinking Buffett’s critics envy his success. Granted, the leis and coconuts and Parrotheads can be overbearing. But Jimmy has crafted his share of literate, humorous story songs which do what great pop music or ANY music should do: illuminate where you are or bring you somewhere different. That said, I guess this will be BigO’s least downloaded set: longtime fans know this stuff, it changes little, casual fans want the visual experience, non-fans won’t bother.

    By Tony on Nov 4, 2013

  4. Darth is this a live show with a studio audience or a studio show with a live audience. please , we need your expertise.

    By joe colostrum on Nov 4, 2013

  5. Buffet isn’t a singer so much as an industry. I mean, casinos?

    But he keeps on writing and performing when at his age he could easily sail off into the sunset with an endless supply of margaritas.

    Nice to have this.

    By Michael Kenward on Nov 4, 2013

  6. How can we miss him when he won’t go away? But thanks, Big O, I will grab this and pair it with a Brian Wilson set during the forthcoming winter freeze :)

    By TDC on Nov 4, 2013

  7. Actually saw Jimmy Buffet open for Led Zeppelin in the late ’70s. Interesting combination.

    Thanks, bigO.

    By NAMoosedog on Nov 4, 2013

  8. I remember Jimmy as a down-at-the-heels picker when he lived in Nashville, where he languished until he took his act to Key West (thank you Jerry Jeff Walker). The rest is history. I agree with Tony…jealousy has a lot to do with Buffett being “uncool.” His story lyrics are great IMHO, and he is a pretty fair writer of both fiction and non-fiction too. Yes the Parrotheads are annoying but so are Deadheads (I am a die hard Deadhead).

    By Jim in White Plains on Nov 4, 2013

  9. I love Jimmy’s stuff…always have. Don’t understand the hate…he’s laffing all the way to the bank.

    Thanx 4 this bigO

    By whizzkid58 on Nov 4, 2013

  10. darth and the lie detector

    By Innocent Bystander on Nov 4, 2013

  11. My soon-to-be-wife (and slightly less soon-to-be-ex-wife) dragged me to a Buffet concert the summer after this was recorded. Not my cup of tea, but he certainly gave several thousand other people a couple of very fun hours that night. Hard to criticize anybody who can do that in this world.

    By drkrick on Nov 4, 2013

  12. Had a college roommate that thought “Living and Dying in 3/4 Time” was the best album of 1974. I was still stuck on “The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle” myself. I thought “The Wino and I Know” was a funny line and “Come Monday” was a pretty well written song. I never thought it would lead to an empire of mediocrity. I tip my straw hat to the Parrot Heads and will now crank up “Rosalita” for the ten-thousandth time!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Nov 5, 2013

  13. Darth is this a live show with a studio audience or a studio show with a live audience. please , we need your expertise.’

    please…we need to you to go to bed.you have school tomorrow,lol

    By whizz on joe colostrum on Nov 5, 2013

  14. jimmy buffett is on fallon on the tues the 17th.

    By darth on Jun 10, 2014

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