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Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He's been honored with inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2004) and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (2007).
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • ASIN: B000002GYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Take It Easy
2. Our Lady Of The Well
3. Colors Of The Sun
4. I Thought I Was A Child
5. These Days
6. Red Neck Friend
7. The Times You've Come
8. Ready Of Not
9. Sing My Songs To Me
10. For Everyman

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...and woman, of course! Jackson's song writing ability remains outstanding on his second album with Red Neck Friend; Ready Or Not; Colors of the Sun , and the tune he co-wrote with Glenn Frey that became a hit for the Eagles, Take It Easy . From 1973.

Jackson Browne's second album defined the idea of the Southern California singer-songwriter--one part country, one part folk, eight parts introspection. It would be disgustingly maudlin except for the fact that Browne has some powerful songs, like the title track and "Lady of the Well." But he can up the volume a little, turning out a version of his own "Take It Easy" that outdoes the Eagles and cranking up the bar-band boogie on "Redneck Friend." For the most part, though, it's late nights in the dark and candlelight, and Jackson Browne did it well. --Chris Nickson

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Boy do those songs take me back to 1974!!
Judi E Caro
FOR EVERYMAN, along with the self-titled debut, LATE FOR THE SKY, THE PRETENDER, and RUNNIN' ON EMPTY, is one of Jackson Browne's best albums.
The Footpath Cowboy
All the songs have beautifully composed music with inspiring lyrics.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Another step in the maturation of the young JB, "For Everyman" is a musical leap forward. The opening medley of "Take It Easy" and "Our Lady of the Well" is a quiet tapestry of sound textures. Though the lyrics to "Take It Easy" are Glenn frey's, Jackson sings the song with far more subtlety, and with an appropriate road-weariness that the Eagles' version lacked. Jackson's own poetry is, of course, evocative: "It is a dance we do in silence/far below the morning sun/you in your life, me in mine we have begun/Here we stand and without speaking/draw the water from the well/and stare beyond the plains to where the mountains lie so still". "Colors of the Sun" rounds out what I've aways referred to as the "Desert Trilogy". I cannot hear these songs without thinking of the seemingly endless drives through northern Arizona to which they'd once provided a soundtrack. . .
"For Everyman" continues Jackson's fascination with the end of the world as we know it ("They've seen the end coming 'round long enough to believe they've heard their last warning"), and deals as well with the struggle of day to day existence--"But don't think too badly of one who's left holding sand/he's just another dreamer dreamin' 'bout everyman".
Other highlights: the moving, erotic duet with Bonnie Raitt, "The Times You've Come"; the rollicking "Redneck Friend", with an uncredited Elton John on the ivories; and the deeply tender "Thought I Was a Child"
Just lovely music.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 11, 2000
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This is an album for `everyman", the definitive statement by Jackson Browne of his disturbing and apocalyptic view of contemporary society, and his hopes and fears for its future. It is also a lovely, stirring, and evocative song cycle that illuminates Jackson Browne's unique vocal and instrumental arrangements, and sends one running for the door to buy more of the albums of the early "JB" variety. My personal favorites on this wonderful album are "Our Lady of the Well", a interesting and fetching suggestion of Browne's social and political concerns blended with a celebration of the common rural peasantry of Latin America, "Take It Easy" written with Glenn Frye of the Eagles and recorded by both Browne and the Eagles, "These Times You've Come" about an old pair of lovers who still see each other romantically after parting, and of course, the combination song cycle of "Sing My Songs" and "For Everyman", which like "The Deluge" on another album, sets out Browne's fear of a pending eco-disaster and apocalypse. Browne is still around, still creative, and still as socially and politically outspoken, but this is one of his best early albums, when he was one of the most talented and creative young folk-rock luminaries on the popular scene, a superstar a long time in the making. This is a `must-have' album for any real fan of Browne's music and for anyone just interested in top-shelf folk-rock music by one of the seventies and eighties greatest popular artists.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By NIS on June 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Before I met a man online in 1996, I had never listened to Jackson Browne. He loved his words and music. We sat for hours chatting online listening simultaneously with headphones to For Everyman. He once said about the song Our Lady of the Well; "that has to be the most beautiful 16 lines of verse I've ever heard." He was right. There is a verse that say's: "Oh it's so far the other way my life has gone." Very poignant words.
"These days I sit on corner stones, and count the time in quarter tones to ten, my friend. Don't confront me with my failures I had not forgotten them" (from "These Days"). I have quoted this verse on my pages within my websites countless times.
The guitar, piano and sage words of Jackson Browne make For Everyman his best album. All too often we shy away from an artists earlier work. To not hear For Everyman would truly be a loss. The Empire thanks RomDog for giving me the best music of my life - Jackson Browne. "Long ago I heard someone say something about Everyman."
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Browne with 5 stars.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Randy Poer on October 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This has always been my favorite release by Jackson Browne, possibly because it was the first entire J.B. album that I listened to, but I believe it is because of the organization of the tracks. It begins with a familiar tune that everyone recalls from 70's radio,"Take It Easy", and blends into a series of introspective songs. The mellow mood is interupted in the middle with two songs,"Red Neck Friend" and "Ready or Not" which are considerably more upbeat. Some say these two songs don't really fit the mood of the album, but I find them refreshing from the somberness. The disc ends with two more easy to listen to songs,"Sing my Songs to Me" and the title track,"For Everyman"."Sing my Songs to Me" has been recorded by more artists than any other song I can think of which should say something about the song itself. This is in my opinion Browne's best and should be in anybody's collection if they like classic rock(not metal, disco, R&B, etc.). I consider this an "old faithful", something to listen to when nothing else is appealling.I have only three "old faithfuls".
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