JACKSON BROWNE – ” For Everyman ” Released October 1973

Posted: October 11, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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For Everyman

Released 45 years ago this month, Jackson Browne’s second album, “For Everyman”, was proof that his remarkable debut was no fluke. As on that earlier work, the lyrics offer sharp observations on both personal and social concerns, and Jackson sings them with even greater confidence – among the standouts from his songbook are single “Redneck Friend,” “These Days” (a song he’d given to Nico years earlier) and “Take It Easy,” which he’d co-written with Glenn Frey. Frey appears here in support, along with fellow Eagle Don Henley and a host of L.A. rock greats including David Crosby, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt; additionally, multi-instrumentalist David Lindley begins his long collaboration with Browne on the 1973 Asylum Records set. Today we’ll give the platinum-certified “For Everyman” another spin and to wish Jackson Browne a happy birthday.

The title track was written by Browne in response to the apocalyptic “Wooden Ships”, a song written by Crosby, Stephen Stills and Paul Kantner. His own version of “These Days” appears here after having been previously recorded by Nico, Tom Rush, who also covered “Colors of the Sun”, and Gregg Allman. Nico was the first to record the song in 1967. Browne later commented “When [Allman] did [These Days] I thought that he really unlocked a power in that song that I sort of then emulated in my version. I started playing the piano. I wasn’t trying to sing it like Gregg; I couldn’t possibly. I took the cue, playin’ this slow walk. But it was written very sort of, kind of a little more flatpicking.” “Take It Easy” was written by Browne and Frey and became the Eagles‘ first single,

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