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By: Jimmy Buffett
Release Date: August 1st, 1979
Certified: Gold on December 27th, 1979
Peak Chart Position: Billboard 200 Chart: #14; Country Chart: #13;

1 – Fins (Jimmy Buffett, Deborah McColl, B.Chance, Tom Corcoran)
2 – Volcano (Jimmy Buffett, Keith Sykes & Harry Dailey)
3 – Treat Her Like A Lady (Jimmy Buffett, Dave Loggins)
4 – Stranded On A Sandbar (Jimmy Buffett)
5 – Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants (Jimmy Buffett)
6 – Survive (Jimmy Buffett, Mike Utley)
7 – Lady I Can’t Explain (Jimmy Buffett)
8 – Boat Drinks (Jimmy Buffett)
9 – Dreamsicle (Jimmy Buffett)
10 – Sending The Old Man Home (Jimmy Buffett)


Performer Credit
Jimmy Buffett Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Michael Utley Piano and Organ
Greg “Fingers” Taylor Harmonica
Farrell Morris Tambourine on “Chanson Pour les Petits Enfants”
Billy Puett Recorder on “Chanson Pour les Petits Enfants”
Norbert Putnam Bass on “Sending the Old Man Home”
Deborah McColl Background Vocals
Barry Chance Lead Guitar
Keith Sykes Guitar and Background Vocals
Andy McMahon Fender Rhodes
Russell Kunkel Drums, Percussion, Congas on “Volcano”
Johnny Montezuma anything and everything on “Fins”
Jackie Dangler Pans on “Fins” and “Boat Drinks”
Steve Forman Percussion on “Fins”
Steve Forman Shakers on “Chanson Pour les Petits Enfants”
Donald Douglas banjo-uke on “Volcano”
Wilfred Tuitt Guitar on “Volcano”
James Elmer Bass pipe on “Volcano”
Bill Jones recorders on “Chanson Pour les Petits Enfants”
James Taylor Background Vocals and Guitar on “Sending the Old Man Home”
Alex Taylor Background Vocals
Hugh Taylor Background Vocals
Venetta Fields Background Vocals
Brenda Bryant Background Vocals
Paulette Brown Background Vocals
Juan Cadiz Background Vocals
David Loggins Background Vocals

Label: MCA
Producer: Norbert Putnam


Original Vinyl Information:
MCA-5102, MCA Records. Gatefold with photos and Don Blanding poem. Lyrics, credits and liner notes on album sleeve. About this time MCA changed their labels from being black with a prism to being blue with a rainbow. Some albums from this period have plain tan labels (like Volcano). European imports of this album have the old black with prism MCA label. These albums can also be identified by black lettering on the spine instead of pink like the American versions.

Re-issued Vinyl Information:
MCA-5102 (stamped in gold foil as MCA-1657), MCA Records. Has gatefold, but record sleeve is clear plastic. The removal of the inner sleeve takes the lyrics, credits and a few notes with it. Another variation exists with “platinum plus 37156” stamped on the front cover.

Original CD Information:
MCAD-1657, MCA Records. No liner notes or pictures.

Two-on-One CD Information:
MCAD-5879, MCA Records. Includes a pretty complete back cover from A-1-A, with all the liner notes. As for Volcano, includes the photo of Bubba pointing at a steaming volcanic vent. No notes. Out of print.

Foreign Two-on-One CD Information:
Jimmy Buffett Back 2 Back: MCD31755, MCA/BMG Australia. Australian import combining Volcano and Last Mango In Paris.

Recorded May 1 to May 17, 1979 at: Air Studios Montserrat, British, West Indies
Additional Recording at: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville Tennessee and Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California
Engineered by: “Biker” Gene Eichelberger and “Whistlin” Geoffrey Emerick
Assistant Engineers: Tim Cuthbertson (In Montserrat), Jimmy Stroud (in Nashville), Connie Potter (in Nashville)
Technical Engineer: Geoff Irons (In Montserrat)
Mixed at: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Mastered by: Glenn Meadows at Masterfonics, Nashville, Tennessee

Album Jacket Design by: Jimmy Buffett, Richard Bibby and Tom Corcoran
Painting “Volcano” by: Richard Bibby
Photography: Tom Corcoran, Jimmy Buffett and Rick Holcomb
Cover art Coordinated by: Tommy Steele
Gatefold Design: Steve Evenson Design, Inc.
Direction: Irv Azoff, Front Line Management

This album is Dedicated to Jane and Savannah Jane Buffett

Mystery South of Us

Florida thrusts like a guiding thumb
To the southern islands of rumba and rum,
To the mystery-cities and haunted seas
Of the Spanish Main and the Caribbes.
Where the ghosts of Columbus and Pirates Bold
Seek the islands of Spice and the Streets of Gold.
Where the wandering phantom of Ku-Kul-Kan
Haunts the temples he builded in Yucatan,
Where the jaguars prowl and the lizards crawl
On a broken altar and sculptured wall,
Where Mayan rulers in arrogant pride
Dreamed and schemed and suffered and died.
The inlaid thrones and the sacred urns
Are filled with orchids and stag-horn ferns,
The witching moon of the tropic skies
Caresses the lips and the dead stone eyes
Of fallen idols of lust and blood
That lie in the mold and the reeking mud
Of fever-jungles The dust and bones
Of men who quarried and laid the stones
Of fabulous cities are turned to earth,
The echoes of prayers and chants and mirth
Of vanished people and priests and kings
Are heard in the night-wind’s whisperings.

Florida thrusts like a guiding thumb
To the southern islands of rumba and rum,
To the lands of mystery that lie below,
To the places I know I’m going to go.

Don Blanding

Very Special Thanks to the following people for helping to pull this one off: Rick Holcomb, Bobby Liberman, Max Crabtree, Nina Avramides, Michele Martin and Ann Keener. To Doctor Keno for fixing Keith’s Foot. To Eastern Caribbean Airways in St. Croix and National Jets in Ft. Lauderdale for all the safe flights. “Don’t want to land in no San Juan airport”.

In Montserrat: A big thank you to Chris Irish and the Woop-Wap Band, to George Morgan “The Magic Chef” for making us all fat; Franklyn Allen for the Pina Coladas Extraordinaire; to John Silcott and the main wine man.

Also to Cindy Eid, Denny and Meryl Bridges, Minetta Francis, James St. Hilaire, Erma Caines, Ruby Ryan, Ann Allen, Carlton Ferrell, Irene Wyke and Leroy Hixon.

And to all the people on the island of Montserrat whose warmth and friendship contributed greatly to the making of this album.

Johnny Montezuma, James Taylor, Russell Kunkel and The Embarrassing Stains appear through the wonderful arrangement with General Tom.

Dave Loggins appears through the courtesy of a bottle of Cristal Champagne

Liner Notes courtesy