By Maxim Mower
Following Jimmy Buffet's death on September 1 2023, amidst the sea of heartwarming and deeply emotional tributes, fans noticed a number of references to the fact that the late Gulf and Western star had been working on new music in recent months.
Now, we have confirmation that the ‘Margaritaville’ hitmaker had finished crafting a full-length studio album prior to his death, Equal Strain On All Parts, which is due to be released on November 3.
The project's title was inspired be a phrase Jimmy Buffett's grandfather would use to describe a great nap, with the tropical-themed artwork depicting the chart-topping singer-songwriter in his natural element, holding his trusty acoustic guitar while resting in a beachside hammock spread between two palm trees.
Three songs have been made available immediately, including one name-checked by Paul McCartney as the best vocal he'd ever heard from Jimmy Buffett, ‘Bubbles Up’.
The former Beatle wrote on Instagram, “We had a real fun session and he played me some of his new songs. One, in particular, I loved was the song, ‘Bubbles Up’. And I told him that not only was the song great but the vocal was probably the best I’ve heard him sing ever. He turned a diving phrase that is used to train people underwater into a metaphor for life when you’re confused and don’t know where you are just follow the bubbles - they’ll take you up to the surface and straighten you out right away”.
In addition, McCartney plays on ‘My Gummie Just Kicked In’, the idea for which was born from a dinner between McCartney, Buffett and their wives, Nancy Shevell and Jane Slagsvo respectively.
Along with ‘Bubbles Up’, both ‘My Gummie Just Kicked In’ and ‘Like My Dog’ have been shared on streaming platforms ahead of the project's November release date.
Emmylou Harris is set to feature on a revamped version of ‘Mozambique’, which she originally sang alongside Bob Dylan, while Equal Strain On All Parts will also include appearances from Angelique Kidjo, Lennie Gallant, Will Kimbrough and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
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