Volcano (Jimmy Buffett album)

Volcano (Jimmy Buffett album)

Infobox Album |
Name = Volcano
Type = album
Artist = Jimmy Buffett

Released = August 1979
Recorded = May 1979
Genre = Rock/gulf and western
Length = 33:37
Label = MCA
MCA-5102 (U.S., 12")
Producer = Norbert Putnam
Reviews = *AllmusicRating|2|5 [http://wc01.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE57D19DF4FA47720C5B2325DDDA672E101D342F38250234558C0B430498C0C77FD0DA5C6CEAEF875B47EE3F624A05E05D0C8FE3681&sql=10:0ifwxqq5ldte~T1]

Last album = "Son of a Son of a Sailor"
This album = "Volcano"
Next album = "Coconut Telegraph"

"Volcano" is the eleventh album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was released in May 1979 as MCA 5102 and was his first release on that label after its absorption of ABC Dunhill.

The album and its title song are named for the then dormant Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat in the British West Indies where Buffett recorded the album in May 1979 at AIR Studios. (The studio was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Soufrière Hills erupted again in 1995.) Additional recording was done at Quadrafonic Studios in Nashville Tennessee and Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, California in the United States. The album is dedicated to Buffett's wife and his daughter, Savannah Jane Buffett, who was born just before its release.


All of the songs are written or co-written by Buffett; a Keith Sykes-penned tune, "I'm Not Strange, I'm Just Like You," did not make the final album. Buffett performed "Volcano" with Don Henley at a 1993 Walden Woods Project benefit concert that is available on Henley's 2002 "One of These Nights".

Chart performance

"Volcano" reached #14 on the "Billboard" 200 album chart and #13 on the "Billboard" Top Country Albums chart. Three singles from the album charted including "Fins" (#35 on the "Billboard Hot" 100; #42 Adult Contemporary), "Volcano" (#66 Hot 100; #43 Adult Contemporary), and "Survive" (#77 Hot 100).

Critical reception

Althoough the album generated two songs, "Fins" and "Volcano," that have become Buffett concert standards, part of "The Big 8" that he has played at almost all of his concerts, critical reception was less positive. Allmusic reviewer Vik Iyengar posits that "this album marks a low point for Jimmy Buffett in a decade in which he delivered one solid album after another." [Vik Iyengar. [http://wc01.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=ADFEAEE57D19DF4FA47720C5B2325DDDA672E101D342F38250234558C0B430498C0C77FD0DA5C6CEAEF875B47EE3F624A05E05D0C8FE3681&sql=10:0ifwxqq5ldte~T1 All Music Guide] Review of "Volcano".]

Track listing

Side 1:
#"Fins" (Jimmy Buffett, Deborah McColl, Barry Chance, Tom Corcoran) – 3:27
#"Volcano" (Jimmy Buffett, Keith Sykes, Harry Dailey) – 3:37
#"Treat Her Like a Lady" (Jimmy Buffett, David Loggins) – 3:55
#"Stranded on a Sandbar" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:08
#"Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants" (Jimmy Buffett) – 4:01

Side 2:
#"Survive" (Jimmy Buffett, Mike Utley) – 4:29
#"Lady I Can't Explain" (Jimmy Buffett) – 2:42
#"Boat Drinks" (Jimmy Buffett) – 2:37
#"Dreamsicle" (Jimmy Buffett) – 2:18
#"Sending the Old Man Home" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:23


The Coral Reefer Band:
*Jimmy Buffett: Vocals and acoustic guitar
*Keith Sykes: Guitar and background vocals
*Barry Chance: Lead guitar
*Andy McMahon: Fender Rhodes
*Mike Utley: Piano and Organ
*Russell Kunkel: Drums, percussion, congas on "Volcano"
*Greg "Fingers" Taylor: Harmonica
*Johnny Montezuma: Anything and everything on "Fins"
*Jackie Dangler: Pans on "Fins" and "Boat Drinks"
*Steve Forman: Percussion on "Fins"
*Donald Douglas: banjo-uke on "Volcano"
*Wilfred Tuitt: Guitar on "Volcano"
*James Elmer: Bass pipe on "Volcano"
*Billy Puett & Bill Jones: recorders on "Chanson Pour les Petits Enfants"
*Ferrell Morris: Tambourine on "Chanson Pour les Petits Enfants"
*Steve Forman: Shakers on "Chanson Pour les Petits Enfants"
*James Taylor: Background vocals and guitar on "Sending the Old Man Home"
*Norbert Putnam: Bass on "Sending the Old Man Home"
*Deborah McColl: Background vocals
*Alex Taylor: Background vocals
*Hugh Taylor: Background vocals
*Dave Loggins: Background vocals
*Venetta Fields: Background vocals
*Brenda Bryant: Background vocals
*Paulette Brown: Background vocals
*Juan Cadiz: Background vocals


*"Fins" b/w "Dreamsicle" (Released on MCA 41109 in July 1979)
*"Volcano" b/w "Stranded On A Sandbar" (Released on MCA 41161 in November 1979)
*"Survive" b/w "Boat Drinks" (Released on MCA 41199 in February 1980)


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