"This is simply the pinnacle of Jimmy Buffett's art (Jimmy would probably cringe at the word; sorry, Jim), period. Most live albums are noisy, ragged, poorly mixed and at least a little off-key. Miraculously, "Feeding Frenzy" is none of those. It is tight, energetic, and it just drips fun every second. The arrangements are fuller than many of Jimmy's studio cuts, with superb backup vocals and that wonderful steel drum that defines Jimmy Buffett to me, and Jimmy's intonation is dead-on every note.If you can only own one Jimmy Buffett album, make it "Feeding Frenzy.""
Parrot Head Must Have
Kyle D. Gendron | Burlington, MA United States | 10/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first Buffett CD I bought, in fact I think this was the first CD I bought back in 1992. Now 10 years, 250+ CD's later, this CD is still in my 40 disk carry case in my truck. I still listen to it, although not as much since Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays came out. This CD has my favorite version of One Particular Harbor. That song must be heard live to really appreciate it.Once you've heard most Buffett songs live, you'll never want to hear the original studio version again. I've seen him live 14 times in the last 10 years and CD's like this one keep my Buffett fix alive during the long winter months. Its always a long wait till his Labor Day weekend show in Boston."
Long on Spirit and Great Songs
G. J Wiener | Westchester, NY USA | 08/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jimmy Buffett really knows how to play to a crowd. Many of renditions of Jimmy's songs, Volcano, Fins, Margartiaville, Jolly Mon Sing, etc.. feature subtle little lyric changes and spicy arrangements. The intro conversations on You'll Never Work In This Bidness Again and Gypsies In The Palace are hillarious in this live setting. Furthermore, Jimmy's live banter describing many of his great classic tunes really gives the listener a very upfront experience as to what his concerts are like. He is certainly very appreciative of his fans. So give this one a try. You will not be dissapointed."
The Perfect Accessory for Umbrella Drinks
Alexis Logan | 05/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The spokesman of summer, Jimmy Buffett, evokes images of "one particular harbor," a colorful Key West bar owner and the perils of "the city," in this CD."Feeding Frenzy" is a great training ground for anyone considering becoming a Parrothead and a delightful re-telling of some of Buffett's classics for those already familiar with the pirate looking at 50+.The man from small-town Mississippi warns us about "the young and the rich and the pretty" and those who "shoot one another just to pass the time" in "The City." Despite its slightly-dark theme, the striding beat keeps the song from collapsing into a despressing message. "Last Mango in Paris" pays tribute to the exploits of Buffett's flamboyant friend, Tony Terracino, the oft-married former mayor of Key West and owner of Captain Tony's Saloon. Although few of us may "wake up dry beneath the African sky, just me and my Swiss Army knife," the song reminds us that adventure is a necessary part of life.Although Buffett has no political aspirations, he reflects on the world's problems in "Today's Message." His monologue to ensure world peace and full employment includes an hysterial, loopy economic theory that involves Victoria's Secret panties, five dollar bills and the Russian people.The favorites are featured in fine form and include "You'll Never Work in Dis Bidness Again," "Come Monday," "One Particular Harbor" (the location of which has kept Parrotheads guessing for years), "Honey Do," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Jolly Mon," "Gypsies in the Palace," "Fins," Volcano" and the mandatory "Margaritaville." An interesting note - the song "Why Don't We Get Drunk (And Screw)" was renamed "A Love Song (From a Different Point of View)" to appease the censors. The only detraction is Buffett's rendition of "Jamaica Farewell," which is set to an irritating reggae beat. This song is so closely identified and exquisitely performed by Harry Belafonte that it cannot be successfully performed by anyone else.Finally, Buffett's call to "mother, mother ocean" at the start of the reflective "A Pirate Looks at Forty" comforts us about getting older and struggling to find our place in this world."
PHins Up Parrot Heads! Feeding Frenzy is one of the Best!
Parrot Head 1 | Huntsville, Alabama | 04/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PHins Up PHolks! ...This is the closest you can get to a JB concert without actually being there! This is one of the best, if not THE BEST cd that Jimmy put out. If you've never seen Bubba in concert and want a little taste, then throw on your beach attire, ice-down the Coronas, mix up the Margaritas, fire up the grill( Cheeseburgers..what else! ), invite all of your Parrot Head PHriends over for a PHlocking, and crank up FEEDING FRENZY on the stereo as loud as your neighbors will let you. Almost like being there!"