One Particular Harbour
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1983
MCA-5447 (US, 12")
ProducerJimmy Buffett, Michael Utley
Jimmy Buffett chronology
Somewhere over China
One Particular Harbour
Riddles in the Sand

One Particular Harbour[1] is the twelfth studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett. It was released in September 1983 as MCA 5447 and was produced by Buffett and Michael Utley. It was Buffett's first involvement producing an album. "Stars on the Water" was written by and a minor hit for country music songsmith Rodney Crowell and also covered by Texan country music singer George Strait on his 2001 album, The Road Less Traveled.


In addition to songs written or co-written by Buffett (including one with J.D. Souther and Josh Leo), the album includes four cover songs: "Stars on the Water" by country songwriter Rodney Crowell, "California Promises" by Steve Goodman, "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, and "Why You Wanna Hurt My Heart?" written by the Neville Brothers' Art Neville. Buffett's version of "Stars on the Water" also appeared on the soundtrack to the 1993 movie The Firm.

Chart performance

One Particular Harbour reached No. 59 on the Billboard 200 album chart and No. 35 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The song "One Particular Harbour" hit No. 22 Adult Contemporary and "Brown Eyed Girl" made it to No. 13 Adult Contemporary.

Chart (1983) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 35
U.S. Billboard 200 59

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores

Allmusic reviewer William Ruhlmann says One Particular Harbour was something like a comeback, with Buffett's best batch of songs since Son of a Son of a Sailor in 1978"[3] and the title single, "One Particular Harbour," is a fan favorite, and is sometimes considered part of "The Big 8" that Buffett has played at almost all of his concerts.

Track listing

"One Particular Harbour" (0:31) The title song and first single from One Particular Harbour Problems playing this file? See media help.

Side 1:

  1. "Stars on the Water" (Rodney Crowell) – 3:16
  2. "I Used to Have Money One Time" (Jimmy Buffett, Michael Utley) – 3:25
  3. "Livin' It Up" (Jimmy Buffett, Josh Leo, J.D. Souther) – 2:59
  4. "California Promises" (Steve Goodman) – 3:42
  5. "One Particular Harbour" (Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Holcomb) – 5:44

Side 2:

  1. "Why You Wanna Hurt My Heart?" (Arthur Neville) – 2:42
  2. "Honey Do" (Jimmy Buffett, Michael Utley) – 4:32
  3. "We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About" (Jimmy Buffett) – 3:21
  4. "Twelve Volt Man" (Jimmy Buffett) – 4:00
  5. "Brown Eyed Girl" (Van Morrison) – 3:55
  6. "Distantly in Love" (Jimmy Buffett) – 2:53


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  1. ^ The album title is spelled with the British spelling harbour even in U.S. releases.
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  3. ^ William Ruhlmann. Review of One Particular Harbour. Allmusic. Accessed on 15 October 2007.