Today in Music History:
In 1992, Donny Osmond started a year long run in the musical 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', in Toronto, Canada.With the first day of summer having just passed it is only fitting to visit a classic and oft overlooked Buffett album to get us all in summer mode. Jimmy Buffett's Off to See the Lizard was released in June 1989 and was his twentieth album. It was released in conjunction with his first literary effort, Tales From Margaritaville. The book contains expanded versions of several of the songs included on the album. As per norm the critics didn't have much good to say, yet many die hard parrotheads, myself included, will tell you this is one of their favorite Buffett albums. Honestly, Jimmy never set out to reinvent the wheel whenever he released an album. He just packed each album with great Buffett songs and this one is no exception. Just a great bunch of tunes full of that summer, flip flop wearing flavor. Following the release of this album, Buffett paused his normal output of one album every year or two and did not release another album until 1994's Fruitcakes. The title track and Take Another Road are both very fun, and one of my favorite Buffett ballads of all time, Changing Channels, make this album a standout in my book. Lizard is just plain fun. This album is all original work that goes back to the basics of island-hopping fun. Another overlooked Buffett gem.