Lives in the Balance

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Usually among the most introspective of songwriters, Jackson Browne cast his gaze on the world outside on Lives in the Balance and did not like what he saw. Beginning with "For America," he lamented his previous indifference to social issues -- "I went on speaking of the future/While other people fought and bled" -- but immediately tried to make up for lost time. The album's context, of course, was five years of Ronald Reagan's presidency, with what the Left saw as an indifference to the plight of the poor at home and a dangerously aggressive policy against insurgent movements in the Central American countries of El Salvador and Nicaragua that they feared would lead to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Usually among the most introspective of songwriters, Jackson Browne cast his gaze on the world outside on Lives in the Balance and did not like what he saw. Beginning with "For America," he lamented his previous indifference to social issues -- "I went on speaking of the future/While other people fought and bled" -- but immediately tried to make up for lost time. The album's context, of course, was five years of Ronald Reagan's presidency, with what the Left saw as an indifference to the plight of the poor at home and a dangerously aggressive policy against insurgent movements in the Central American countries of El Salvador and Nicaragua that they feared would lead to a Vietnam-like war. Without naming those places, Browne wrote and sang passionately against poverty in the songs "Soldier of Plenty" and "Lawless Avenues" and against war in "For America," "Lives in the Balance," and "Till I Go Down." Elsewhere, his more familiar themes of romantic "In the Shape of a Heart" and philosophical "Black and White" disillusionment also made appearances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • UPC: 075596045728
  • Catalog Number: 60457
  • Sales rank: 13,171

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 For America (5:13)
  2. 2 Soldier of Plenty (4:37)
  3. 3 In the Shape of a Heart (5:41)
  4. 4 Candy (4:12)
  5. 5 Lawless Avenues (5:40)
  6. 6 Lives in the Balance (4:18)
  7. 7 Till I Go Down (4:19)
  8. 8 Black and White (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackson Browne Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocoder, Vocal Harmony
David Lindley Guitar, Violin, Steel Guitar
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jorge Calderon Bass, Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Ian McLagan Organ, Keyboards
Gary Myrick Guitar
Rick Vito Guitar, Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Phil Chen Bass
Jennifer Condos Bass
Quique Cruz Percussion, Zampona
Walfredo Reyes Conductor, Conga, Drums
Debra Dobkin Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Craig Doerge Synthesizer, Keyboards
Kevin Dukes Guitar
Bob Glaub Bass
Doug Haywood Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jon Douglas Haywood Bass, Vocals
Phil Kenzie Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar Guitar, Percussion
Russ Kunkel Drums
Bernie Larsen Organ, Guitar, Clavinet
Steve Lukather Guitar
Stan Lynch Drums
Kevin McCormick Guitar, Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Bill Payne Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Hugo Pebruza Percussion
Mindy Sterling Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Harmony
Jorge Strunz Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Richard Wachtel Guitar, Guitar
Ian Wallace Drums
Kai Winding Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Jai Winding Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Hugo Pedroza Charango, tiple
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Composer, Producer, Sequencers
Dawn Patrol Art Direction
Barry Diament Mastering
James Geddes Engineer
Danny Kortchmar Sequencers
Doug Sax Mastering
Jimmy Wachtel Art Direction
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