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You Had to Be There

You Had to Be There: Recorded Live is a live double album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was initially released in June 1978 as ABC AK-1008/2 and later re-released on ABC's successor label MCA. It is the first of Buffett's many live albums and his tenth album overall.

The album's material was culled from several concerts at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia and Maurice Gusman Cultural Center in Miami, Florida in August 1978 and was remixed by Elliot Scheiner at AIR Studios in London.

Chart performance

You Had to Be There reached #72 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #29 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album was also certified "Gold" by the RIAA.

Songs

The album featured many of Buffett's concert favorites as well as three new songs that have not appeared on any other Buffett album: "Perrier Blues," "Morris' Nightmare," and the instrumental "Dixie Diner" (a cover originally by Larry Raspberry & the Highsteppers)

The album was heavily edited between shows, making the playlist out of order of the actual show. Songs known to have been played but deleted from the final cut are:

  • Banana Republics
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise
  • Coast of Marseilles
  • The Last Line
  • Livingston Saturday Night
  • Mañana

"Cheeseburger in Paradise" is the only popular song deleted from the album, which is very strange because the song was at its peak in popularity at the time of its release. The reason the song was scrapped from the album is unknown.

Track listings

Original phonograph record release

Side One:

  1. "Son of a Son of a Sailor" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:00
  2. :Dialogue :30
  3. Pencil Thin Mustache" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:19
  4. :Dialogue 1:03
  5. Wonder Why We Ever Go Home" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:13
  6. Landfall" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:08
  7. :Dialogue :45
  8. Miss You So Badly" (Jimmy Buffett/Greg Taylor) 3:57

Side Two:

Dialogue 1:00

  1. Havaña Daydreamin'" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:26
  2. :Dialogue 1:28
  3. Margaritaville" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:53
  4. :Dialogue :20
  5. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:09
  6. :Dialogue :17
  7. Come Monday" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:28
  8. :Dialogue :36
  9. Perrier Blues" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:26

Side Three:

Dialogue 4:50

  1. Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:00
  2. :Dialogue 2:04
  3. God's Own Drunk" (Lord Buckley) 10:45
  4. :Dialogue 2:09
  5. He Went To Paris" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:13
  6. :Dialogue :30
  7. The Captain and the Kid" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:44

Side Four:

Dialogue 3:19

  1. Why Don't We Get Drunk (and Screw)" (Marvin Gardens) 2:38
  2. :Dialogue 1:20
  3. A Pirate Looks at Forty" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:31
  4. :Dialogue :24
  5. Tampico Trauma" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:50
  6. :Dialogue 1:17
  7. Morris' Nightmare" (Tim Krekel/Jimmy Buffett) 2:58
  8. Dixie Diner" (L. Raspberry/G. Taylor/C. Ferrante/R. Berretta/B. Marshall) 5:30
  9. :Applause :49
  10. :Applause [in run-out groove] :02 (repeats)

Compact disc release

Disc One:

  1. Son of a Son of a Sailor" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:21
  2. Pencil Thin Mustache" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:37
  3. Wonder Why We Ever Go Home" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:13
  4. Landfall" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:32
  5. Miss You So Badly" (Jimmy Buffett/Greg Taylor) 4:19
  6. Havaña Daydreamin'" (Jimmy Buffett) 6:34
  7. Margaritaville" (Jimmy Buffett) 5:30
  8. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:28
  9. Come Monday" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:41
  10. Perrier Blues" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:52

Disc Two:

  1. Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit" (Jimmy Buffett) 8:06
  2. God's Own Drunk" (Lord Buckley) 12:40
  3. He Went to Paris" (Jimmy Buffett) 6:13
  4. The Captain and The Kid" (Jimmy Buffett) 4:15
  5. Why Don't We Get Drunk (and Screw)" (Marvin Gardens) 6:23
  6. A Pirate Looks at Forty" (Jimmy Buffett) 5:47
  7. Tampico Trauma" (Jimmy Buffett) 5:47
  8. Morris' Nightmare" (Tim Krekel/Jimmy Buffett) 3:27
  9. Dixie Diner" (L. Raspberry/G. Taylor/C. Ferrante/R. Berretta/B. Marshall) 6:22

Personnel

The Coral Reefer Band:

  • Jimmy Buffett: Vocals, acoustic and Electric guitar
  • Barry Chance: Guitar
  • Harry Dailey: Bass
  • Jay Spell: Piano
  • Mike Utley: Organ
  • Kenneth Buttrey: Drums and percussion
  • Greg "Fingers" Taylor: Harmonica
  • Deborah McColl: Background Vocals

Notes

Jimmy Buffett's first official live release.

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