Jackson Browne faced the nearly insurmountable task of following a masterpiece in making his second album. Having cherry-picked years of songwriting the first time around, he turned to some of his secondary older material, which was still better than most people's best and, ironically, more accessible -- notably such songs as "These Days," which had been covered six times already, dating back to Nico's Chelsea Girl album in 1967, and "Take It Easy," a co-composition with the Eagles' Glenn Frey that had been a Top 40 hit for the group in 1972. Browne unsuccessfully looked for another hit single with the up-tempo "Red Neck Friend," reminisced about meeting his wife and starting a family in the coy "Ready or Not," and, at the end, finally came up with a new song to rank with those on the first album in the philosophical title track, which reportedly was his more positive reply to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "Wooden Ships." (David Crosby sang harmony.) Musically, the album was still restrained, but not as austere as Jackson Browne, as the singer had hooked up with multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, who would introduce interesting textures to his music on a variety of stringed instruments for the next several years. All of which is to say that For Everyman was a less consistent collection than Browne's debut album. But Browne's songwriting ability remained impressive.
Performance CreditsJackson Browne Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Don Henley Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
David Lindley Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Violin,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Electric Fiddle
Joni Mitchell Piano,Electric Piano
Bonnie Raitt Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim Keltner Drums
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar
David Crosby Background Vocals,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Craig Doerge Piano
Wilton Felder Bass
Glenn Frey Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Doug Haywood Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jon Douglas Haywood Bass,Vocals
Russ Kunkel Drums
Mickey McGee Drums
Spooner Oldham Organ
David Paich Piano
Bill Payne Piano,Keyboards
Rockaday Johnnie Piano
Mike Utley Organ,Keyboards
Gary Mallaber Drums
Michael Utley Organ
Leland Sklar Bass
Micky McGee Drums
Rockaday Johnnie Piano
Technical CreditsJackson Browne Producer
John Haeny Engineer
Anthony Hudson Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Easily one of the best collection of popular American music ever recorded on one platter of vinyl/plastic. Jackson Browne was always underrated and his music unfortunately, underappreciated.
Jackson Browne is, without a doubt, the most underrated singer/songwriter of our time. This album proves that Jackson truly knows what it means to be lonely, to search for love and not find it, 'to never be who you wanted to be.' Amazing insights from a man 24 years of age. David Lindley's guitar is the perfect complement to Jackson's guitar and vocals, especially his slide guitar on 'These Days' (my personal favorite) and his acoustics on the title track. Also, for those who don't know, 'Take it Easy' is NOT an Eagles song - it was written by Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne, and became the hallmark of the Eagles' success later. Hear the original version here, which runs smoothly into the second song, 'Our Lady of the Well.' Also includes contributions from Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, and David Crosby. If you only own one Jackson Browne album (though I don't know why you'd want to do that...) this is THE album to own. I guarantee that once you know these songs, you will thirst for more.
One of the best albums ever. The music is something that is no longer made, - intricate, mysical. Beautiful harmonies.
Brown's first album was a gem, but with this album he proves that he belongs among the best of the Singer-Songwriters in the era of the Singer-Songwriters.