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Coconut Telegraph
By: Jimmy Buffett
Release Date: February 1st, 1981
Peak Chart Position: Billboard 200 Chart: #30;

1 – Coconut Telegraph (Jimmy Buffett)
2 – Incommunicado (Jimmy Buffett,D. McColl,M.L.Benoit)
3 – It’s My Job (Mac McAnally)
4 – Growing Older But Not Up (Jimmy Buffett)
5 – The Good Fight (Jimmy Buffett,J.D.Souther)
6 – The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful (Jimmy Buffett)
7 – Stars Fell On Alabama (M.Parish,F.Perkins)
8 – Island (Jimmy Buffett, Dave Loggins)
9 – Little Miss Magic (Jimmy Buffett)


Performer Credit
Jimmy Buffett Vocal and Acoustic Guitar
Michael Utley Organ
Greg “Fingers” Taylor Harmonica
Harry Dailey Bass, Background Vocals
Norbert Putnam Upright Bass
Deborah McColl Background Vocals
Barry Chance Electric Guitar
Andy McMahon Organ, Fender Rhodes
Josh Leo Electric Guitar
Matt Betton Drums
M.L. Benoit Congas and Percussion, Background Vocals
David Briggs Piano
Mac McAnally Background Vocals on “It’s my Job”
J.D. Souther Background Vocals on “It’s my Job”
Dr. Kino Bachellier Shakers and French
Freddie Buffett Background Vocals
Dominic Cortese Accordion

Label: MCA
Producer: Norbert Putnam


Original Vinyl Information:
MCA-5169, MCA Records. No gatefold. The record sleeve itself, however, opens like an envelope and features a lot of art work and copious liner notes. Custom disc label. Imports have the blue with rainbow MCA label with a custom sleeve and insert that are identical to the fold open sleeve on the American versions.

Re-issued Vinyl Information:
MCA-5169 ( stamped as “Platinum Plus 37177”), MCA Records. Same album jacket, but the record sleeve does not open like an envelope, as in the above version. MCA eliminated most of the art work featured on the earlier sleeve, and crammed the lyrics and liner notes on a standard record sleeve for this release. Custom label.

Original CD Information:
MCAD-31092, MCA Records. No liner notes or pictures.

Two-on-One CD Information:
MCAD-5867. Combines Son Of A Son Of A Sailor with Coconut Telegraph. No liner notes. Out of print.

Engineered by: Gene Eichelberger
Recorded at: Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama, September 1980
Additional Recording: Quadrafonic Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, Bennett House, Franklin, Tennessee
Strings Recorded at: A & R Studios, New York City
Strings Arranged by: David Briggs, Engineered by Elliott Scheiner
Concert Master: David Nadien
Assistants: Steve Melton, Mary Beth McLemore – Muscle Shoals; Jimmy Stroud, Steve Gostree – Quadrafonic
Mixed by: Gene Eichelberger and Norbert Putnam at Bennett House, Franklin, Tennessee
Special Thanks to: Bobby Liberman, Rick Holcomb, Nina Avramides, Steve Humphrey, Charlie Allen, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson
Additional Thanks To: Ann Keener, Joe Gayden, Howard Kaufman, Michelle Slagter, Wayne Philippo, Johnny D., Tim Mooney, Freddie Buffett
Direction: Irving Azoff, Front Line Management, 8380 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069
Art Direction: Jimmy Buffett & George Osaki
Cover Design and Concept: Jimmy Buffett and Walter Hunt
Artwork: Walter Hunt for Top of The World Graphics, Ltd.
Calligraphy: Mary “Stick” Troutman
Photography: Tom Corcoran

This Album is dedicated to “All my Reefers.” You Know who you are. And Especially to Max Crabtree.

Song Dedications:

Coconut Telegraph:
For the gang at the Fish House

For the Duke and Travis McGee

It’s My Job:
For Mac who reminds me of me seven years ago

Growing Older But Not Up:
For all those who don’t feel as they are and never will.

The Good Fight:
To Muhammed Ali for twenty years of excitement and entertainment.

The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful:
This song is for Billy Clyde Tuggel. I hope you make it to Tahiti one day.

Stars Fell on Alabama:
For all the crooners and swooners wherever they may be.

For Jane

Little Miss Magic:
For “The Noop”

Liner Notes courtesy