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Jackson Browne

In many ways, Jackson Browne was the quintessential sensitive California singer/songwriter of the early '70s. Only Joni Mitchell and James Taylor ranked alongside him in terms of influence, but neither artist tapped into the post-'60s Zeitgeist like Browne. While the majority of his classic '70s work was unflinchingly personal, it nevertheless provided a touchstone for a generation of maturing baby boomers coming to terms with adulthood. Not only did his introspective, literate lyrics strike a nerve, but his laid-back folk-rock set the template for much of the music to come out of California during the '70s. With his first four albums, Browne built a loyal following that helped him break into the mainstream with 1976's The Pretender. During the late '70s and early '80s, he was at the height of his popularity, as each of his albums charted in the Top Ten. Midway through the '80s, Browne made a series of political protest records that caused his audience to gradually shrink, but when he returned to introspective songwriting with 1993's I'm Alive, he made a modest comeback.

Born in Heidelberg, West Germany, Jackson Browne and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was three years old, and by the time he was a teenager, Browne had developed an interest in folk music. He began playing guitar and writing songs, which he sang at local folk clubs. Early in 1966, he was invited to join the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whom he had met through the L.A. folk circuit. While he was only with the band for a few months, the group recorded a handful of his songs on its first two records. By the beginning of 1967, he had signed a publishing deal with Nina Music, a division of Elektra Records; Nina helped Browne secure songs on albums by Tom Rush and Steve Noonan in 1968. During 1967 and 1968, he lived in New York's Greenwich Village, where he played in Tim Buckley's backing band. Browne also began working with Nico, who recorded three of his songs on her Chelsea Girl album. When their relationship disintegrated in 1968, he returned to Los Angeles, where he unsuccessfully tried to record a solo album and form a folk group with Ned Doheney and Jack Wilce. Browne continued to play local clubs and his reputation as a songwriter continued to grow, with Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds recording his songs. By the end of 1971, he had signed with David Geffen's fledgling Asylum Records on the strength of his widely circulated demo tape.

Jackson Browne was released in the spring of 1972, spawning the Top Ten hit single "Doctor My Eyes." Shortly after "Doctor My Eyes" reached its peak position, "Take It Easy," a song Browne co-wrote with Glenn Frey, became the Eagles' breakthrough hit. Many songs from his debut, including "Rock Me on the Water" and "Jamaica Say You Will," became singer/songwriter standards, but the album itself didn't establish Browne as a pop star, despite its hit single. On his second album, 1973's For Everyman, he began a long-term collaboration with instrumentalist David Lindley. For Everyman was a commercial disappointment, yet it consolidated his cult following.

Released in the fall of 1974, Late for the Sky expanded Browne's audience significantly, peaking at number 14 on the charts and going gold by the beginning of the following year. Browne's first wife, Phyllis, committed suicide in the spring of 1976, but in the wake of the tragedy he recorded his commercial breakthrough album, The Pretender. The record climbed into the Top Ten upon its fall 1976 release, going platinum in the spring of 1977. In the summer, Browne launched an extensive tour, recording a new album while he was on the road. The resulting record, Running on Empty (1977), was a bigger success than its predecessor, peaking at number three and launching the hit singles "Running on Empty" and "Stay/The Load-Out." With his career riding high, Browne began to pursue political and social causes, most notably protesting the use of nuclear energy.

The success of Hold Out, the 1980 follow-up to Running on Empty, was evidence of Jackson Browne's popularity. Though the album wasn't as well-crafted as its predecessors, it became his only number one album upon its summer release. In the summer of 1982, "Somebody's Baby," from the soundtrack of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, became Browne's biggest hit, climbing to number seven on the U.S. charts. Divided between love songs and political protests, Lawyers in Love was another hit due to success of the hit singles "Lawyers in Love," "Tender Is the Night," and "For a Rocker." Nevertheless, the album also showcased a newlfound social consciousness, which dominated 1986's Lives in the Balance. The album lacked any hit singles, yet its fiery condemnation of the Reagan era won an audience -- the album stayed on the charts for over six months and went gold.

Browne continued to write primarily political songs on 1989's World in Motion, but the record became his first album to not go gold. Browne was quiet for the next four years, working on a variety of social causes and suffering a painful public breakup with his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah. He finally returned with a comeback effort in the fall of 1993 entitled I'm Alive. Comprised of personal songs, I'm Alive received his best reviews since the late '70s and the record went gold without producing any major hits. In the spring of 1996, Browne released Looking East, which failed to gain the same attention as I'm Alive. In 2002, he released The Naked Ride Home. Two years later the two-disc The Very Best of Jackson Browne hit the shelves as Browne was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by fellow Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen. Around this time Browne took to the road and played intimate acoustic shows around the globe. The 2005 release Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 was compiled from these concerts and appeared on Inside Recordings, an independent label founded by Browne. Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2 appeared in 2008, while an album of new material, Time the Conqueror, followed later in the year. Spring 2010 saw the release of Love Is Strange, followed by 2011's Live In Milan. Standing in the Breach, issued in October of 2014, was the first release of new studio material from the artist in six years. It appeared on his Inside Recordings label. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography


Track List: Standing In The Breach

1. The Birds Of St. Marks

2. Yeah Yeah

3. The Long Way Around

4. Leaving Winslow

5. If I Could Be Anywhere

6. You Know The Night

7. Walls And Doors

8. Which Side?

9. Standing In The Breach

10. Here


Track List: The Birds Of St. Marks (Single)

1. The Birds Of St. Marks


Track List: Occupy This Album


Track List: You Know The Night

1. You Know The Night


Track List: Stay / Rosie [Digital 45]


Track List: Running On Empty / Nothing But Time (Single)


Track List: Time The Conqueror

1. Time The Conqueror

2. Off Of Wonderland

3. The Drums Of War

4. The Arms Of Night

5. Where Were You

6. Going Down To Cuba

7. Giving That Heaven Away

8. Live Nude Cabaret

9. Just Say Yeah

10. Far From The Arms Of Hunger


Track List: Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2

1. Never Stop (Acoustic)

2. Intro (Acoustic)

3. The Night Inside Me (Acoustic)

4. Intro (Acoustic)

5. Enough Of The Night (Acoustic)

6. Intro (Acoustic)

7. Something Fine (Acoustic)

8. Sky Blue And Black (Acoustic)

9. In The Shape Of A Heart (Acoustic)

10. Alive In The World (Acoustic)

11. Intro (Acoustic)

12. Casino Nation (Acoustic)

13. All Good Things (Acoustic)

14. Intro (Acoustic)

15. Somebody's Baby (Acoustic)

16. Intro (Acoustic)

17. Redneck Friend (Acoustic)

18. Intro (Acoustic)

19. My Stunning Mystery Companion (Acoustic)


Track List: Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1

1. The Barricades Of Heaven (Acoustic) (Live)

2. Intro - These Days (Live)

3. These Days (Acoustic) (Live)

4. Intro - The Birds Of St. Marks (Live)

5. The Birds Of St. Marks (Acoustic) (Live)

6. Intro - Fountain Of Sorrow (Live)

7. Fountain Of Sorrow (Acoustic) (Live)

8. Your Bright Baby Blues (Acoustic) (Live)

9. For A Dancer (Acoustic) (Live)

10. Too Many Angels (Acoustic) (Live)

11. Intro - For Everyman (Live)

12. For Everyman (Acoustic) (Live)

13. Intro - Lives In The Balance (Live)

14. Lives In The Balance (Acoustic) (Live)

15. Intro - Looking East (Live)

16. Looking East (Acoustic) (Live)

17. Intro - The Pretender (Live)

18. The Pretender (Acoustic) (Live)

19. Intro - Take It Easy (Live)

20. Take It Easy (Acoustic) (Live)


Track List: The Very Best Of Jackson Browne

Disc 1

1. Doctor My Eyes

2. Jamaica Say You Will

3. Rock Me On The Water

4. Take It Easy

5. These Days

6. Redneck Friend

7. For Everyman

8. For A Dancer

9. Fountain Of Sorrow

10. Late For The Sky

11. Before The Deluge

12. Your Bright Baby Blues

13. The Pretender

14. Here Come Those Tears Again

15. The Load-Out

16. Stay (Live)

Disc 2

1. Running On Empty (Live)

2. You Love The Thunder

3. Boulevard

4. Somebody's Baby

5. Tender Is The Night

6. Lawyers In Love

7. In The Shape Of A Heart

8. Lawless Avenues

9. Lives In The Balance

10. I Am A Patriot

11. Sky Blue And Black

12. I'm Alive

13. The Barricades Of Heaven

14. Looking East

15. The Naked Ride Home

16. The Night Inside Me


Track List: The Naked Ride Home

1. The Naked Ride Home

2. The Night Inside Me

3. Casino Nation

4. For Taking The Trouble

5. Never Stop

6. Walking town

7. About My Imagination

8. Sergio Leone

9. Don't You Want To Be There

10. My Stunning Mystery Companion


Track List: Looking East

1. Looking East

2. The Barricades Of Heaven

3. Some Bridges

4. Information Wars

5. I'm The Cat

6. Culver Moon

7. Baby How Long

8. Nino

9. Alive In The World

10. It Is One


Track List: I'm Alive

1. I'm Alive

2. My Problem Is You

3. Everywhere I Go

4. I'll Do Anything

5. Miles Away

6. Too Many Angels

7. Take This Rain

8. Two Of Me, Two Of You

9. Sky Blue And Black

10. All Good Things


Track List: Doctor My Eyes / Looking Into You (Digital 45)


Track List: Lives In The Balance

1. For America

2. Soldier Of Plenty

3. In The Shape Of A Heart

4. Candy

5. Lawless Avenues

6. Lives In The Balance

7. Till I Go Down

8. Black And White


Track List: Lawyers In Love

1. Lawyers In Love

2. On The Day

3. Cut It Away

4. Downtown

5. Tender Is The Night

6. Knock On Any Door

7. Say It Isn't True

8. For A Rocker


Track List: Hold Out

1. Disco Apocalypse

2. Hold Out

3. That Girl Could Sing

4. Boulevard

5. Of Missing Persons

6. Call It A Loan

7. Hold On Hold Out


Track List: Running On Empty

1. Running On Empty (Live)

2. The Road (Live)

3. Rosie

4. You Love The Thunder (Live)

5. Cocaine (Live)

6. Shaky Town

7. Love Needs A Heart (Live)

8. Nothing But Time

9. The Load-Out (Live)

10. Stay (Live)


Track List: The Pretender

1. The Fuse

2. Your Bright Baby Blues

3. Linda Paloma

4. Here Come Those Tears Again

5. The Only Child

6. Daddy's Tune

7. Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate

8. The Pretender


Track List: Late For The Sky

1. Late For The Sky

2. Fountain Of Sorrow

3. Farther On

4. The Late Show

5. The Road And The Sky

6. For A Dancer

7. Walking Slow

8. Before The Deluge


Track List: For Everyman

1. Take It Easy

2. Our Lady Of The Well

3. Colors Of The Sun

4. I Thought I Was A Child

5. These Days

6. Red Neck Friend

7. The Times You've Come

8. Ready Or Not

9. Sing My Songs To Me

10. For Everyman


Track List: Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)

1. Jamaica Say You Will

2. A Child In These Hills

3. Song For Adam

4. Doctor My Eyes

5. From Silver Lake

6. Something Fine

7. Under The Falling Sky

8. Looking Into You

9. Rock Me On The Water

10. My Opening Farewell


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Reminds me of my in love days with the guy I will always Love
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Love love Jackson Browne
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High!!
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������������ s t i l l ROCKS!!!
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Jackson, your music takes me back home in 1976 when The Pretender came out. You and your music is a part of the fabric of my life and I will always love your music and your words.....lo v e to you.....Melo d y
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She's gonna be somebody's baby tonight..... . . . . . .
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She must be somebody's baby =)
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Hi Pandora. 'The Load-Out' is a great track from the magnificent Jackson Browne. However it is meant to segue into 'Stay' directly after this track. (that's how it was played on the radio so many years ago) Can you extend this selection to include both songs? Many thanks!
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Alive in the World......l o v e the words!
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I've always said he is my musical soulmate. For the ability to mold words and music to reach inside to a place that is mysterious yet familiar, he is gifted. When I hear it, I feel like I'm not alone, someone gets it, even if I can't quite say what it is. ��❤
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Dancing our troubles away!!
In the end, they'll be a dance you'll be alone
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First date with wife was a JB concert....s t i l l going strong 33 years later. Great night, great memories - Beautiful music.
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How have I missed something so fine?
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JB is like a fine bottle of wine.....,
Improves with age....

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Fast time at ridgemont high anybody
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Stay just a little bit longer
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'These Days' has been with me my adult life. Don't confront me with my failures. I had not forgotten them. There are many I would have liked to tell this to.
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Don't confront me with my failures. I had not forgotten them....Jack s o n Browne from 'These Days'. I wonder if he still feels that way. At least, with Trump's victory, he has enough material for a new cynical album.
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Talent and Elbow Grease = Jackson Brown
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Possibly the greatest song writer of my time
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Z. An immigrant. America has benefited from every person whom has ventured unto Her. Right wrong or indifferent. Good or bad cause no thing hurt the. Only love will prevail and all will be come! LT&B ENJOY!
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Best 70's song!!!! Still love it. Thanks
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I saw Jackson and David Lindley at the Red Rocks in Morrison Co, Fantastic evening! Really takes me back.
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Just saw him in a performance, he hasn't lost a step. Just closed my eyes, sat back and enjoyed the evening.
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Mr. Locked in the 70's. You know Jackson Browne has sang some with the Eagles and co-wrote some of their songs. You can hear Glenn Frey distinctly on alot of Jackson's songs. I think (in my small opinion) it wouldn't work because he is such a big name himself and so is Don Henley and so is Joe Walsh. But, I would truly love it because they are some of my very favorite artists. Nobody can replace Glenn, but Jackson has always sort of been there from the beginning. I would love to see them.
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Shake rattle and roll and the whole "For Everyman " album take me back to Mother Blues in Dallas in the early '70s
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Love, love his music....tak e s me back to my younger days filled with amazing memories!
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I say it's never too late for us ever I'm here now we need each other I will always going to be here my Mike your mimi
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Am I the only one who thinks JB should join up with the Eagles..
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Reading his bio, I see 'For Everyman' was a disappointme n t . For some time, that was my favorite album, and I fell asleep listening to it many nights during collage. I still love the album.
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I whole heartedly agree with you mmills7933
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Everytime I hear Jackson singing, the music takes me to a calmer place. A place where in the 70's everything was right with my world. Jackson will always be part of my life.
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The guy was awesome in the 70's and still is til today. I sit back and reminencing my youth and relating
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Love love love Mr. Jackson Brown!
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Browns's stuff never gets old, just appreciated all the more with time!
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Very heartfelt song
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jennifer jason lee reminds me...
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the best
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Listening to Jackson sing is like being at home. His voice is so familiar like someone I know and love. Been following you since the 70's and hope to the rest of my life.....lov e your music Jackson.
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One of my favorite all time artists. Brings back great memories! Thank you��
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He never disappoints
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Love this guy , amazing voice ... ❤️
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1973 at University of Alabama. Great show.
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