ARTIST: Jackson Browne
TITLE: Jackson Browne
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #53
SINGLES: Doctor My Eyes (#8), Rock Me on the Water (#48)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Jamaica Say You Will
LINEUP: Jackson Browne, Jesse Ed Davis, Jim Gordon, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Russ Kunkel, Craig Doerge, Albert Lee with help from Graham Nash and David Crosby among others.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Singer songwriter finally gets to record his own songs after a few years beating the music industry bushes
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Doctor My Eyes is a song most everyone knows, even if they didn’t know the title or who sang it. It’s a great and timeless piece of songcraft, and Browne had a lot of fully formed songs in his bag.
The issue is that many of these songs, good as they are, all get a bit monotonous at times. Slow tempos, laid back and tasteful arrangements, meaningfully earnest vocals. It’s like the singer at the coffee shop that has songs all in one motif – by the fourth or fifth song in a row like that you want a little variety.
That being said, individually the songs are top notch with good performances and arrangements. I only want a little more variety.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: David Geffen managed Browne, believed in him, and finally decided to start his own record company so Browne and other artists like that could record. He wanted it to be an “Asylum” for talented songwriters. Hence the name. Geffen is fascinating in his own right, but the story of his record company is quite intriguing.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: Great for a catalog when you’re shuffling, but as a whole album I need a bit more variety. The songs carry this.