The Very Best of Jackson Browne

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
The career-spanning double-disc Very Best of Jackson Browne is both generous and astute. Throughout the '70s, Browne epitomized the confessional singer-songwriter genre: His songs were often introspective, personal, and poetic, tinged with melancholy and longing-but they could also rock, albeit in that laid-back, California way. Beginning with the soulful "Doctor My Eyes," the first disc covers the classics from the '70s, including the twangy "Take It Easy," which Browne wrote with Glenn Frey, whose Eagles had a hit with it; the wistful "These Days," covered first by Nico and more recently by Paul Westerberg; the touching "Fountain of Sorrow"; and the desperate "The ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
The career-spanning double-disc Very Best of Jackson Browne is both generous and astute. Throughout the '70s, Browne epitomized the confessional singer-songwriter genre: His songs were often introspective, personal, and poetic, tinged with melancholy and longing-but they could also rock, albeit in that laid-back, California way. Beginning with the soulful "Doctor My Eyes," the first disc covers the classics from the '70s, including the twangy "Take It Easy," which Browne wrote with Glenn Frey, whose Eagles had a hit with it; the wistful "These Days," covered first by Nico and more recently by Paul Westerberg; the touching "Fountain of Sorrow"; and the desperate "The Pretender." Browne reached his commercial pinnacle with 1977's Running on Empty, and "The Load-Out," "Stay," and the title track were Top 40 hits. In the '80s, Browne's work became more political, and while his albums could seem strident, the songs that make up the second disc, such as "Lives in the Balance" and "Lawyers in Love," are powerful and sharp. The set ends with tracks from 2002's The Naked Ride Home, which was hailed as Browne's return to form. The Very Best of Jackson Browne argues otherwise: Browne's consistently insightful and precise writing and his sincere voice have been constants for three decades.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jackson Browne long displayed an aversion to hits collections, releasing his first one 25 years after his debut album. That 1997 disc, entitled Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne, had many hits, yet it was also missing many essential songs, leaving an opening for a collection that had all of Browne's hits and signature songs in one place. Released seven years later, Rhino/Elektra's double-disc The Very Best of Jackson Browne is more or less that collection. Produced by Jackson Browne and featuring 32 songs, this set has all the major songs -- "Doctor My Eyes," "These Days," "Late for the Sky," "The Pretender," "Fountain of Sorrow," "Redneck Friend," "Running on Empty," "Somebody's Baby" -- including songs missing on Next Voice You Hear, such as "Jamaica Say You Will," "Rock Me on the Water," "Take It Easy," "Before the Deluge," "The Load-Out," "Stay," and "Boulevard." However, there are a handful of smaller hits missing -- including "That Girl Could Sing," "Cut It Away," "For a Rocker," "For America," "Chasing You Into the Night," "World in Motion," and "Call It a Loan," the latter of which was on the previous compilation -- which may frustrate some listeners. Nevertheless, this is not a major problem since the collection does contain the great majority of Browne's best and best-known material in an attractive, engaging fashion although the cardboard packaging may be a bit too flimsy to weather heavy, repeated listening, and for listeners who want a comprehensive overview without purchasing individual albums, this suits the bill nicely.
Rolling Stone - Bud Scoppa
Very Best makes a compelling case for Browne as rock's greatest confessional singer-songwriter.

Very Best makes a compelling case for Browne as rock's greatest confessional singer-songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227809126
  • Catalog Number: 78091
  • Sales rank: 2,210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Doctor My Eyes (3:20)
  2. 2 Jamaica, Say You Will (3:24)
  3. 3 Rock Me on the Water (4:13)
  4. 4 Take It Easy (3:41)
  5. 5 These Days (4:39)
  6. 6 Redneck Friend (4:01)
  7. 7 For Everyman (5:58)
  8. 8 For a Dancer (4:48)
  9. 9 Fountain of Sorrow (6:51)
  10. 10 Late for the Sky (5:36)
  11. 11 Before the Deluge (6:21)
  12. 12 Your Bright Baby Blues (6:03)
  13. 13 The Pretender (5:52)
  14. 14 Here Come Those Tears Again (3:37)
  15. 15 The Load-Out (5:35)
  16. 16 Stay (3:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Running on Empty (4:59)
  2. 2 You Love the Thunder (3:55)
  3. 3 Boulevard (3:21)
  4. 4 Somebody's Baby (4:24)
  5. 5 Tender Is the Night (4:53)
  6. 6 Lawyers in Love (4:20)
  7. 7 In the Shape of a Heart (5:47)
  8. 8 Lawless Avenues (5:39)
  9. 9 Lives in the Balance (4:15)
  10. 10 I Am a Patriot (4:05)
  11. 11 Sky Blue and Black (6:05)
  12. 12 I'm Alive (5:10)
  13. 13 The Barricades of Heaven (5:40)
  14. 14 Looking East (4:56)
  15. 15 The Naked Ride Home (5:58)
  16. 16 The Night Inside Me (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackson Browne Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Clarence White Acoustic Guitar
Crosby & Nash Vocal Harmony
Dan Fogelberg Vocal Harmony
Don Henley Vocal Harmony
Elton John Piano
David Lindley Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Graham Nash Vocal Harmony
Bonnie Raitt Vocal Harmony
Chuck Rainey Bass
Jesse Ed Davis Electric Guitar
Vonda Shepard Vocal Harmony
Jorge Calderon Bass, Vocal Harmony
Valerie Carter Background Vocals
Lowell George Slide Guitar, Vocal Harmony
John Hall Guitar, Soloist
Terry Reid Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell Guitar (12 String Electric)
Rick Vito Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
Joyce Everson Vocal Harmony
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar
Benmont Tench Hammond Organ
Roy Bittan Piano
Rosemary Butler Vocals, Vocal Harmony
David Campbell Conductor
Luis Conte Percussion
Quique Cruz Zampona
Walfredo Reyes Conga
Debra Dobkin Vocal Harmony
Craig Doerge Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Mini Moog
Kevin Dukes Guitar
Beth Fitchet Vocal Harmony
Glenn Frey Vocal Harmony
Bob Glaub Bass
Mark Goldenberg Guitar, Electric Guitar
Doug Haywood Organ, Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Michael Jochum Drums
Danny Kortchmar Guitar, Maracas, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Russ Kunkel Conga, Drums
Greg Leisz Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Drums
Perry Lindley Vocal Harmony
Stan Lynch Drums
Rick Marotta Drums
Val McCallum Electric Guitar
Kevin McCormick Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Mickey McGee Drums
David Paich Piano
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Bill Payne Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
J.D. Souther Vocal Harmony
Mindy Sterling Vocal Harmony
Jorge Strunz Guitar (Nylon String)
Fred Tackett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Scott Thurston Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal Harmony
Lori B. Williams Vocal Harmony
Larry Zack Percussion, Drums
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
Michael Utley Organ
Leland Sklar Bass
Jai Winding Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Hugo Pedroza Charango, tiple
Jeff Scott Young Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Composer, Producer, Sequencers
Maurice Williams Composer
Jorge Calderon Composer
Mad Lion Composer
James Austin Executive Producer
Terry Becker Engineer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Luis Conte Composer
Paul Dieter Engineer
Duke Ellington Composer
Glenn Frey Composer
Bryan Garofalo Composer
James Geddes Engineer
Mark Goldenberg Composer
John Haeny Engineer
Mark Howlett Engineer
Dennis Kirk Engineer
Danny Kortchmar Composer
Russ Kunkel Composer
Greg Ladanyi Producer, Engineer
Jon Landau Producer, Notes Editing
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Composer
Kevin McCormick Composer, Producer
Jim Nipar Engineer
Richard Sanford Orshoff Producer, Engineer
Doug Sax Remastering
Al Schmitt Producer, Engineer
Scott Thurston Composer, Producer
David Tickle Engineer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Steven Van Zandt Composer
Jeff Young Composer
Dave Marsh Liner Notes
Nels Israelson Cover Photo
Nancy Farnsworth Composer
Robert Hadley Remastering
Robin Hurley Executive Producer
Dustin Stanton Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great collection from one of the best....

    So many memories, hits, heartaches all rolled into one great collection. Its nice having these remastered. One of my very favorite writers next to Joni Mitchell and Boy Dylan, Jackson's song have traveled many miles of life with me and he continues to make great music all these years into his career, now he's got some over due sucess with his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best album yet

    It was the best album yet of his and it includes some of the new songs i liked it very much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jackson rocks!

    I have every single music piece Jackson has done! Although I have his last best of, I believe that this is the essential one to own!

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