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Inner Artwork
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Chart Peak:

  • #72 – Billboard Pop Chart
  • #29 – Billboard Country Chart
You Had To Be There

Jimmy Buffett Live In Concert

Release Date:

October 1978


ABC Dunhill Records

Track List
1. Son Of A Son Of A Sailor 4:21
2. Pencil Thin Mustache 4:37
3. Wonder Why We Ever Go Home 4:13
4. Landfall 3:32
5. Miss You So Badly 4:19
6. Havana Daydreamin’ 6:34
7. Margaritaville 5:30
8. Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes 3:28
9. Come Monday 3:41
10. Perrier Blues 3:52
11. Grapefruit Juicy Fruit 8:06
12. God’s Own Drunk 12:40
13. He Went To Paris 3:38
14. The Captain And The Kid 4:15
15. Why Don’t We Get Drunk 6:23
16. He Went To Paris 5:47
17. Tampico Trauma 5:47
18. Morris’ Nightmare 5:47
19. Dixie Diner (Instrumental) 6:22

Jimmy’s Note

This album is dedicated to anyone in the United States and Canada who has paid good money to see this show. Thanks for helping me live my life like a song.

There’s nothing to this show bidness gig. After twelve years and ten albums I enjoy remembering some of the moments in the history of Coral Reefer madness that still make it fun:

The morning in San Francisco when I found a chandelier in Fingers’ bathroom sink and drug him out of bed to help me rehang the goddamn thing; the night at Kiawah Island when Harry discovered the new religion of Naked Hall Meditation; when Jay Spell introduced Martin Mull to braille centerfolds; when Buttrey polished off a magnum of champagne during a Central Park concert and finished the evening by attempting to drop-kick his snare drum into the monitor board; the night Deborah and Fingers did their impression of Ike and Tina Turner in a Holiday Inn near Billings, Montana; the time Barry decided to redecorate the interior of a Chrysler Cordoba in Sacramento; the afternoon I decided to take the bus for a spin near Wrightsville Beach to find some beer; or just yesterday in London, when they gave all our suites to Gladys Knight and the Pips.

I could go on for hours telling stories but I guess… you had to be there.

– Jimmy Buffett wasting away in London. August 30, 1978

Note: To all avid lyric fanatics: you may or may not notice that some verses and phrases on there records are not the same as the original version. I can only blame that mishap on an over-indulgence in Mount Gay rum and an over-abuse of poetic license. Hope you enjoy the new versions. – J.B.

Contributing Artists

  • 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

Album Notes

  • Jimmy’s first live album
  • Recorded in Atlanta and Miami in August, 1978
  • Album contains three new songs: “Perrier Blues”, “Morris’ Nightmare”, and the instrumental “Dixie Diner”