Picks and Pans Review: Volcano
updated 10/15/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/15/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Although he was born in Mobile, Ala., Buffett spends a lot of time sailing around the Caribbean, and he says "mon" (for "man") real well. The best of his tunes—such as Volcano, Treat Her Like a Lady (about a boat), Stranded on a Sandbar, Boat Drinks here—have an island lilt and a lazy, sunbaked affability. They are enhanced on this LP by James Taylor, who apparently left his angst up North when he went to the West Indies to record a few background vocals and noodle on his harmonica behind Buffett. Nor does Buffett take himself too seriously, singing, for example, that, "When the volcano blow/Don't want to land in no San Diego /Don't want to land in no Buzzards Bay/Don't want to land on no Ayatollah/I got nothing more to say."