Jackson Browne has long been a favorite among the crowd. In fact, many wonderful musicians can be traced through his tree. Once a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, his songs helped to fuel some of their catalog offerings (“These Days”, “Holding”). With a bit of time in NYC’s famed Greenwich Village, followed by a permanent move to LA, Jackson fell in with a grand slate of musical luminaries that include Glenn Frey (Eagles), Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Waddy Wachtel, Dan Fogelberg, JD Souther, Neil Young, David Lindley, and Joan Baez to name a few.
Signed to Asylum Records, he released his debut album, Jackson Browne (or, as it’s come to be known, Saturate Before Using), in 1972. That album gave up “Doctor My Eyes”, and the lesser hit, “Rock Me On The Water”. With a strong wave of expectation and high anticipation for the next album, For Everyman released in 1973, however did not do as well as hoped, chart-wise, despite the fact that deep fans felt it to be a classic. Rolling Stone calls it one of 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
In 1974, Jackson Browne released what I (personally) consider to be his greatest offering to the world, Late For The Sky. The album gave us the superlative title track, as well as many other deep and poignant looks into our lives as human beings in love, searching for meaning, growing up, and the loss of love (as heard in “Late For The Sky”). Rolling Stone also includes this album as an essential in their 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
On April 19, Inside Recordings (the Jackson Browne-owned label) distributed via Warner Music, will reissue this excellent album in what is currently listed as being an “updated” set. While that leaves a lot to the imagination, I can only suspect that, with Jackson Browne’s label being involved, it’s gong to be a righteous reissue.
I am greatly excited for this one!