A nice treat for serious "parrotheads" and anyone that can appreciate a fun approach to music. This 2 CD collection offers a rare look at Buffett's early recordings with Barnaby, with both albums highlighting the absolute best of his early material. Down To Earth was originally released by Barnaby in 1972, and features early Buffett essentials such as "The Christian?," "Truckstop Salvation" and "Ellis Dee."
Originally released in 1972, High Cumberland Jubilee was Buffett's second release under Barnaby. Though the album was originally "lost" by the record label, it was subsequently found and released after Buffett's popularity exploded. And it's a good thing because it features some of Buffett's best early material such as "God Don't Own a Car," Livingston's Gone to Texas" and "High Cumberland Jubilee / Comin' Down Slow." His songwriting collaboration with Buzz Carson help make this album a classic for Jimmy Buffett.
4.A Mile High In Denver
5.The Captain And The Kid
7.Ain't He A Genius
9.There's Nothin' Soft About Hard Times
10.I Can't Be Your Hero Today
14.Bend A Little
15.In The Shelter
16.Death Valley Lives
17.Livingston's Gone To Texas
20.The Hang-Out Gang
21.God Don't Own A Car
22.High Cumberland Jubilee / Comin' Down Slow
2 LPs on 1 CD: DOWN TO EARTH (1970)/HIGH CUMBERLAND JUBILEE (1976).
This budget-priced twofer combines Jimmy Buffett's 1970 recording debut with his 1976 song cycle HIGH CUMBERLAND JUBILEE. The former album finds the onetime smuggler at home with thinly veiled drug references such as "Ellis Dee (He Ain't Free)," social comment such as "The Christian?" and "The Missionary," and hardscrabble ballads like "There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times," as well as including one of his best early songs, "The Captain and the Kid." The mid-'70s release is a country-oriented set blending the sharp-eyed observation of songs such as "Rockefeller Square" and "Bend a Little" with affecting vignettes such as "Livingston's Gone to Texas" and the down-home "God Don't Own a Car," while the medley of the title track and "Comin' Down Slow" is one of Buffett's most intricately arranged productions.