Album Details

April 19, 2005
Recall (UK)
Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Country-Rock

Album Review

Recall's 2005 release Now Yer Squawkin' is a double-disc set containing Jimmy Buffett's first two albums, Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee, both recorded in 1972 even if the latter wasn't released until 1976. While these are not among his most popular albums, they are among his most endearing, since the soft country-rock of these two LPs not only captures the hippie vibes of the early '70s, these LPs are warm, tuneful, and relaxed in a way that Buffett would never be again; these are Jimmy Buffett records for country-rock fans who believe they don't like Buffett. Yes, they may not be among his most popular work, but since they were recorded for an indie label, they are among his most widely circulated, being reissued in various forms in the years after Buffett turned into a star. While Recall's collection is good, containing the two unabridged albums split over the course of two CDs, and has a good set of liner notes, some listeners may prefer Collectables' 2005 two-fer of these two LPs, since both records are packaged on a single CD (albeit without the liner notes).
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Christian
  2. Ellis Dee
  3. Richard Frost
  4. The Missionary
  5. A Mile High in Denver
  6. The Captain and the Kid
  7. Captain America
  8. Ain't He a Genius
  9. Turnabout
  10. There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times
  11. I Can't Be Your Hero Today
  12. Truckstop Salvation
  13. Ace
  14. Rockefeller Square
  15. Bend a Little
  16. In the Shelter
  17. Death Valley Lives
  18. High Cumberland Dilemma
  19. Livingstone's Gone to Texas
  20. England
  21. Traveling Clean
  22. The Hangout Gang
  23. God Don't Own a Car
  24. High Cumberland Jubilee/Comin' Down Slow