- Released: October 8, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: MCA Special Products
- 1.Christmas Island
- 2.Jingle Bells
- 3.A Sailor's Christmas
- 4.Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
- 5.Up On The House Top
- 6.Mele Kalikimaka
- 7.Run Rudolph Run
- 8.Ho Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rhum
- 9.I'll Be Home For Christmas
- 10.Merry Christmas, Alabama (Never Far From Home)
Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band: Jimmy Buffett (guitar, vocals); Melanie Prestidge, Claudia Cummings, Tina Gullickson, Nadirah Shakoor (vocals); Peter Mayer (guitar, ukulele, vocals); Mac McAnally (guitar, vocals); Greg "Fingers" Taylor (harmonica); Amy Lee, Tom Mitchell (saxophone); John Lovell (trumpet); Michael Utley (keyboards); Jim Mayer (acoustic bass, bass); Roger Guth (drums); Robert Greenidge (steel drums, percussion); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Recorded at Javelina "The Big Pig" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.
Jimmy Buffett is home for the holidays, occupying his usual laid-back, Caribbean-influenced, folky territory, this time with a Christmas twist. Parrotheads and regular folks alike will enjoy these mellow, witty versions of old favorites (Buffett's "Jingle Bells" includes the line, "A day or two ago/I thought I'd make a run/To Port Antonio/I be cruisin' in the sun") as well as Buffett originals such as "A Sailor's Christmas" and "Ho Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rhum."
Most of CHRISTMAS ISLAND is lighthearted fun, but the final track, "Merry Christmas, Alabama," provides a touch of nostalgia. Buffett was born on Christmas day 1946, and the song includes thanks to "my saints and guardian angels/Who protect me as I roam."
Personnel: Jimmy Buffett (vocals, guitar); Peter Mayer (vocals, guitar, ukulele); Tina Gullickson, Nadirah Shakoor, Claudia Cummings (vocals); Greg "Fingers" Taylor (harmonica); Tom Mitchell , Amy Lee (saxophone); Michael Utley (keyboards); Jim Mayer (upright bass, bass guitar); Roger Guth (drums); Robert Greenidge (steel drum, percussion); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Rob Eaton.
Liner Note Author: Jimmy Buffett.
Recording information: Javelina "The Big Pig" Studio, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Milton Dean; Brad Wilson; Alvin Booth; Abi Hodes; Jean Pagliuso.
Unknown Contributor Role: Joe Hayden.
Arrangers: Jimmy Buffett; Michael Utley.
Largely comprised of original material, Jimmy Buffet's Christmas Island is a holiday album that also features rearrangements of classic carols. Buffet is relaxed and entertaining throughout. ~ Thom Owens