Banana Wind

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Banana Wind
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Studio album by Jimmy Buffett
Released June 4, 1996
Studio Shrimpboat Sound, Key West, Florida
Genre Rock, Gulf and Western
Label Margaritaville Records/MCA/
MCAD-11247 (U.S., CD)
Producer Russell Kunkel, Jimmy Buffett
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Barometer Soup
Banana Wind
Christmas Island
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Banana Wind is the twentieth studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. Released on June 4, 1996.


"Jamaica Mistaica" is about an incident in Jamaica on January 16, 1996 in which local authorities mistook Buffett's seaplane, the Hemisphere Dancer, for a smuggling operation. The plane was shot; shortly before, Buffett, U2's Bono, and Island Records producer Chris Blackwell had been aboard. No one was injured, though there were several bullet holes in the plane.[2] (The plane itself is now on display at Universal CityWalk, across from Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant.) "Desdemona's Building a Rocketship" concerns the character Desdemona from Buffett's 1992 novel Where Is Joe Merchant? The song "False Echoes" (Havana 1921) references the ship captained by Jimmy's grandfather, the five masted barkentine, Chickamauga, named after the civil war vessel the CSS Chickamauga.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Jimmy Buffett, Russ Kunkel, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer and Jim Mayer, except where noted.

  1. "Only Time Will Tell" – 4:12
  2. "Jamaica Mistaica" – 5:54
  3. "School Boy Heart" (Jimmy Buffett, Matt Betton) – 4:35
  4. "Banana Wind" (Instrumental) – 3:57
  5. "Holiday" (Jimmy Buffett, Ralph MacDonald, Bill Eaton, William Salter) – 5:05
  6. "Bob Robert's Society Band" (Jimmy Buffett, Amy Lee) – 3:44
  7. "Overkill" – 4:55
  8. "Desdemona's Building A Rocket Ship" – 7:10
  9. "Mental Floss" – 4:02
  10. "Cultural Infidel" – 3:58
  11. "Happily Ever After (Now And Then)" (Jimmy Buffett, Dave Loggins) – 4:18
  12. "False Echoes" (Havana 1921) (Jimmy Buffett) – 15:54
  13. "Treetop Flyer" (Hidden Track) (Stephen Stills) - Start around 20 seconds after False Echoes ends


The Coral Reefer Band

  • Jimmy Buffett – guitar and vocals
  • Michael Utley – keyboards,
  • Greg "Fingers" Taylor – harmonica
  • Robert Greenidge – steel drums, percussion
  • Ralph MacDonald – percussion
  • Mac McAnally – acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Roger Guth – drums
  • Peter Mayer – guitars, vocals
  • Jim Mayer – bass, vocals
  • Amy Lee – saxophone
  • John Lovell – trumpet
  • Thom Mitchell – saxophone
  • Claudia Cummings – background vocals
  • Tina Gullickson – background vocals
  • Nadirah Shakoor – background vocals

Guest musicians[edit]

  • James Taylor – vocals
  • Ben Taylor – vocals
  • Bobby O'Dononvan – violin, penny whistle
  • Teddy Mulet – trombone
  • Freddy Fishstick (aka Jimmy Buffett)[4] – piano, trombone, mandolin, and vibes