The "unplugged" concept certainly isn't a new one, but when it's explored by an artist whose songs stand up so sturdily to a good old-fashioned strip-down, it's every bit as fresh as it ever was. That's certainly the case with this disc, Jackson Browne's first live release since 1977's seminal Running on Empty -- a disc that's something of a template for Solo Acoustic Vol. 1, but not an exact blueprint. For one thing, Browne's in much better spirits these days, as evidenced by both his jovial between-song banter and the easygoing manner in which he delivers his classic material. Trading off between guitar (the accompaniment for "Take It Easy") and piano (his instrument of choice on a stellar version of 1986's "Lives in the Balance"), Browne has seldom sounded more natural. Refreshingly, he takes listeners down some less well trodden paths as well, stopping at vistas like the poignant "Barricades of Heaven" and an intimate version of the longing love paean "Your Bright Baby Blues." Pretty much all of the disc's tracks offer something of a departure from their studio versions, but the most intriguing piece might be the one that's never been released before in any form, the elegant "The Birds of St. Marks," which exudes a timeless air that belies its three decades on the shelf. It's nice to hear Browne sounding this revitalized -- and if he's this charged up about his past, it's safe to assume that the road ahead looks mighty bright.
Performance CreditsJackson Browne Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsJackson Browne Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Luis Conte Composer
Paul Dieter Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Glenn Frey Composer
Mark Goldenberg Composer
Bill Lane Engineer
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Composer
Scott Thurston Composer
Frank Ockenfels Cover Photo
Donald Miller Executive Producer
Dustin Stanton Artwork
RJ DeSanto Engineer
Cree Clover Miller Executive Producer
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Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I have been following Jackson Browne since his first hit in 1972. It was Late for the Sky that really pulled me in, and all subsequent albums have had their place in my heart. I was at many of Jackson's shows during his heyday, especially at the huge Blossom Music Center shows in Ohio, and a wonderful show at Kent State University. I saw him at the Palace Theater in downtown Cleveland when he did an acoustic show in 1990. I loved every show I ever saw. But the crowning moment by far was his solo acoustic tour in 2002. I saw him in Ft. Myers and by far, after all these years, it was the best. This album showcases his amazing natural talent. Today I purchased a ticket to see his next solo acoustic show here in FM. I am counting the days!
Put most anyone with this long a career in this situation with a retrospective of their stuff from the early 70's and it simply would not hold up...especially in a solo acoustic mode. However, its a testament to Browne as one heckuva songwriter and musician that he pulls it off so well. This is a collection of songs that will absolutely haunt. I never thought I would say that about this album, but it has given me a totally new perspective on Browne. It takes me back to his hit days and makes me think that they really overproduced him at the time. He is at his very best on this album in this solo acoustic mode....and this is how he should remain. Here's to hoping that volume 2 comes out soon. Next time Browne comes to town with this tour, I will definitely see it. Hard to pick favorite tracks and they will change as you listen to it (which to me is a sign of great music), but the "Barriacades of Heaven" is really fine and shows off his guitar skills too. "These Days" is also super and really shows he has always had lyrical skill, even at 16. Everything on this CD is personal and all of it is just plain good.
i've seen jackson solo & accoustic twice, and its just like being there. even the playful banter b/t songs, you realize here is a great artist having fun, doing what he does best. here you get to truly appreciate one of jacksons greatest gifts his voice! the songs sound as good as ever, so kick back and enjoy. Hope theres a vol 2 coming