High Cumberland Jubilee

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High Cumberland Jubilee
Studio album by Jimmy Buffett
Released 1976
Recorded 1971 at Creative Workshop in Berry Hill, Tennessee
Genre Folk rock
Length 37:26[1]
Label Barnaby 6014
Producer Travis Turk
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Down to Earth
(1970)
High Cumberland Jubilee
(1971)
A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

High Cumberland Jubilee is the sixth studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was produced by Travis Turk, recorded in 1971, and initially released in 1976 on Andy Williams's small Barnaby Records label as BR/6014. Parts of the album were rereleased in various compilations until the album was issued in its entirety on compact disc by Varèse Sarabande in June 1998.

Due to its limited appeal, long periods out of general release, and stylistic differences with the rest of Buffett's work, High Cumberland Jubilee (along with the similar Down to Earth) was often not considered part of the chronology of Buffett albums by fans or even Buffett himself and it was his final album with Barnaby just before his signing with Dunhill and the recording of his 1973 breakout album, A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean.

Following the lackluster sales of Down to Earth, Barnaby Records claimed that the masters to High Cumberland Jubilee were lost.[3] The masters were finally found and the album was released in 1976 after Buffett's popularity had risen but the album is still sometimes referred to Buffett's "lost album."

Alternate versions[edit]

A rare original variation has "Bend a Little" replacing "England" on side two (a repeat from side one, but with a slightly different mix), and "Ace" replacing "Travelin' Clean." Also, "High Cumberland Jubilee" continues to the end rather than fading out as on the standard version of the album. The longer version of "High Cumberland Jubilee" was used on Before The Beach.

The 1998 re-release of the album contained an additional track, "High Cumberland Dilemma," which was recorded for but not included on the original album.

Songs[edit]

All of the songs on High Cumberland Jubilee were written or co-written by Buffett, many with Buzz Cason. "In the Shelter," which originally appeared on this album, was later re-recorded by Buffett, first for 1977's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes when it was released as a single, and in 2002 for the greatest hits compilation Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection making it (with "The Captain and the Kid") one of only two of his songs with three different studio versions. "Livingston's Gone to Texas" was also re-recorded for the 1974 Living & Dying in ¾ Time. The version on High Cumberland Jubilee is played faster without country stylings and contains an extra verse not in the 1974 version.

The folk-rock style of music and lyrics on Down to Earth and High Cumberland Jubilee differ greatly from Buffett's subsequent output. There is less of the country music feel and little of the gulf and western, Key-West-influenced sound and themes that have defined his musical career. Allmusic reviewer William Ruhlmann notes that "this is not the freewheeling Jimmy Buffett of 'Margaritaville,' but rather a thoughtful folk-rock singer/songwriter of the early '70s, earnestly strumming an acoustic guitar over a rhythm section and singing lyrics of social consciousness with sly references to drugs." [4]

There were no singles released from the album.

Track listings[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Ace" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:15
  2. "Rockefeller Square" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 2:19
  3. "Bend a Little" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 2:59
  4. "In the Shelter" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:36
  5. "Death Valley Lives" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:40

Side B:

  1. "Livingston's Gone to Texas" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:49
  2. "England" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 2:54
  3. "Travelin' Clean" (Jimmy Buffett, Lanny Fiel) 3:07
  4. "The Hangout Gang" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 3:40
  5. "God Don't Own a Car" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 2:58
  6. "High Cumberland Jubilee/Comin' Down Slow" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 5:09

1998 re-release[edit]

Varese Vintage VSD-5776

  1. "Ace" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:15
  2. "Rockefeller Square" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 2:19
  3. "Bend a Little" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 2:59
  4. "In the Shelter" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:36
  5. "Death Valley Lives" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:40
  6. "High Cumberland Dilemma" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 3:32
  7. "Livingston's Gone to Texas" (Jimmy Buffett) 3:49
  8. "England" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 2:54
  9. "Travelin' Clean" (Jimmy Buffett, Lanny Fiel) 3:07
  10. "The Hangout Gang" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 3:40
  11. "God Don't Own a Car" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 2:58
  12. "High Cumberland Jubilee/Comin' Down Slow" (Jimmy Buffett, Buzz Cason) 5:09

Compilations[edit]

Some, most, or all of the songs on High Cumberland Jubilee have been released on a number of compilations authorized by Barnaby Records.

  • Before the Salt (Barnaby/Janus 1979) — included all of the original release plus "High Cumberland Dilemma"
  • Before the Beach (MCA 1993) — included all of the original release plus "High Cumberland Dilemma" as the last track; was the first CD release of High Cumberland Jubilee material
  • American Storyteller (Delta 1999) — only included "Livingston's Gone to Texas," "Travelin' Clean," and "God Don't Own a Car" from the original release
  • There's Nothing Soft about Hard Times (Madacy 2000) — only included "Travelin' Clean," "Livingston's Gone to Texas," "God Don't Own a Car," "High Cumberland Jubilee/Comin' Down Slow," and "Rockefeller Square" from the original release
  • Best of the Early Years (Delta 2000) — the one disk version only included "Rockefeller Square," "Bend a Little," "In the Shelter," "Death Valley Lives," and "The Hangout Gang" from the original release plus "High Cumberland Dilemma"
  • Now Yer Squawkin' (Recall 2005) — included all of the original release plus "High Cumberland Dilemma"

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

  • Jimmy Buffett: Vocals, background vocals
  • Lanny Fiel: Guitar
  • Rick Fiel: Bass guitar
  • Paul Tabet: Drums
  • Bergen White: Trombone
  • Bobby Thompson: Banjo
  • Randy Goodrum: Keyboards
  • Buzz Cason: Keyboards, background vocals
  • Don Kloetzke: Background vocals on "Death Valley Lives"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Varèse Sarabande compact disc time is 40:58
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r2921
  3. ^ "According to Varese Vintage chief Cary Mansfield explains to ICE, 'Buffett himself was reportedly upset that this album wasn't released right after his first album, but Barnaby told him the tapes were lost.'" Cited at CoBO.org News
  4. ^ William Ruhlmann. Allmusic Review of There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times.