Barometer Soup

Barometer Soup

Barometer Soup is an album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Released in August 1995, one year after Fruitcakes in May 1994, this album represented a return to his one-album-per-year writing and recording pace of the 70s and 80s.

Chart performance

The album continued Buffett's album chart success begun with Fruitcakes and reached #6 on the Billboard 200. The album was also certified "Platinum" by the RIAA on 19 December 2004.

The first single from the album, "Mexico" reached #10 on the Billboard Adult Comtemporary chart but "Bank of Bad Habits," the second single, did not chart.

Songs

"Diamond as Big as the Ritz" is based on the short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald. "The Ballad of Skip Wiley" is based primarily on Carl Hiaasen's book Tourist Season (although it also references the character of Skink Tyree, who appeared not in Tourist Season, but in 5 other Hiaasen novels). The final song on this album is a cover of James Taylor's song "Mexico".

Track listing

  1. "Barometer Soup" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 4:58
  2. "Barefoot Children" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 4:54
  3. "Bank of Bad Habits" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 3:53
  4. "Remittance Man" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 5:59
  5. "Diamond as Big as the Ritz" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 5:20
  6. "Blue Heaven Rendezvous" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver/Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 4:01
  7. "Jimmy Dreams" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:39
  8. "Lage Nom Ai" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 3:42
  9. "Don't Chu-Know" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 3:48
  10. "Ballad of Skip Wiley" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 4:33
  11. "The Night I Painted the Sky" (Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Jay Oliver, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer) – 5:30
  12. "Mexico" (James Taylor) – 4:06

Personnel

The Coral Reefer Band:

  • Jimmy Buffett: Guitar and vocals
  • Michael Utley: Keyboards
  • Greg "Fingers" Taylor: Harmonica
  • Robert Greenidge: Steel drums, percussion
  • Roger Guth: Drums
  • Peter Mayer: Guitars, vocals
  • Jim Mayer: Bass, vocals
  • Jay Oliver: Keyboards, programming
  • Amy Lee: Saxophone
  • Johnny Padilla: Saxophone
  • John Lovell: Trumpet
  • Thom Mitchell: Horns
  • Michael Tschudin: Keyboards, Mallet Kat
  • Ralph MacDonald: Percussion
  • Background Singers: Claudia Cummings, Mary Harris, Nicolette Larson

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