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Another compilation you already know by heart

Jimmy Buffett: Live at Fenway Park , Mailboat Records. Grade: C

By CHASE SQUIRES
Published November 27, 2005


For fans who didn't hear enough of the old Jimmy Buffett songs on his compilations Meet Me in Margaritaville and Songs You Know by Heart ; or import collections A Pirate's Treasure: 20 Jimmy Buffett Gems ; Best of the Early Years ; American Storyteller ; Biloxi: Best Of ; The Best of Jimmy Buffett: There's Nothing Soft About Hard Times ; or the big box set Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads .

Or enough Jimmy Buffett live on Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays ; You Had to Be There: Jimmy Buffett in Concert ; Feeding Frenzy ; Live in Las Vegas ; Live in Cincinnati ; Live in Mansfield, Ma. ; Live in Hawaii ; and Live in Auburn, Wa.

Or enough of video collections/concert films Jimmy Buffett: Tales from Margaritavision ; Jimmy Buffett: Live By the Bay ; or Jimmy Buffett: MiniMatinee .

Now, there is the combination double-disc/DVD collection Jimmy Buffett: Live at Fenway Park , delivered this week.

Nothing wrong with the new entry, running 3 hours and 10 minutes culled from a pair of 2004 concerts in Boston. Except there's nothing new. The production is clear and crisp. The crowd noise is strong enough to make the shows feel "live" without drowning out the music. Buffett chats just enough and repeatedly reminds listeners that they are "live in Fenway Park."

But for $25.99 retail (as little as little as $21.49 online, plus shipping), there should be something more. The liner notes are limited to a tiny, six-page pamphlet (no lyrics, but who needs them?), the band is collected from the usual suspects, and the song selection has been done: Margaritaville, Come Monday , Fins, you know the drill.

The best part of the set, by far, is the 55-minute DVD. It's concert footage, some behind-the-scenes shots of Buffett, a great story of how he stole a taxi one crazy night in Boston and penned Boat Drinks , and a fun on-stage skit where Buffett and crew rid Fenway Park of the "Curse of the Bambino" leading up to the Red Sox's World Series run.

For the new fan or the frat house without a Buffett party mix, Live at Fenway does the trick. For Parrotheads, just dig out the old stuff, mail Mr. B a Christmas check, and save yourself a trip to the store.

--CHASE SQUIRES, Times staff writer

[Last modified November 27, 2005, 01:17:13]


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