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Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)

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Quite an impressive debut album from the 23 year old Jackson Browne! Includes the 1972 top ten hit Doctor My Eyes plus Song for Adam; A Child in These Hills; Something Fine; Looking Into You and more.
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: January 2, 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • ASIN: B000002GYL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Jackson Browne released this album to critical raves, but it was only a portent of things to come. "For Everyman", "Late For The Sky" and "The Pretender" (all of which, especially "Sky" are classics) were to follow over the next few years. This self - titled release (still referred to by some as "Saturate Before Using") showcased the young singer - songwriter's keen ability to draw the listener into his world.
Although Browne was only in his early 20's when this album was released, the substance and style of his writing were those of a person twice his age, an interesting mix of youthful curiosity and worldly wisdom.
"Song For Adam" is a moving tribute to a fallen friend and the singer's attempt to deal with the loss: "I sit before my only candle, but it's so little light to find my way." "Doctor My Eyes" is perhaps Browne's best - known song. It shouldn't be dismissed merely because it happened to become popular and has a catchy tune. The arrangement is excellent and the lyrics poignant, a prime example of a song that has held up well over time.
For what it's worth, "Looking Into You" is my personal favorite of this ten - song collection. It is a tale of a young, yet weary vagabond on a journey of self - realization, a theme Browne would revisit many times on subsequent albums, most notably on the songs "Farther On" and "The Pretender." "The roads were as many as the places I had dreamed of, and my friends and I were one." The imagery expressed in Browne's poetic lyrics are familiar to all who have reached a point where everything, yet nothing, with the exception of love, makes sense.
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What do you say about an album you've had to replace twice on vinyl before finally scoring a hit on a CD that is still with you? That this is likely the single best debut album of the late sixties-seventies singer/songwriter genre with the possible exception of James Taylor? That the song cycle, singing, and instrumentation here is what still distinguishes Browne as a singular singer/songwriter/artist from all the others? That you still smile every time you hear the last few lines of "Looking Into You"? This album introduces Jackson Browne and his world of self-examination, endless speculation, and dreamy ruminations about the world at large according to Jackson as he sees it. And of course, he sees it with remarkable aplomb, set to beautiful lyrics and intricate melodies, through a palpable prism of the experience of both love and pain.
This best-selling album will sail on forever. From "Jamaica Say You Will" to Child In These Hills", from the haunting "Song For Adam" to the bouncy rocker "Doctor My Eyes", this is a terrific set of songs presented in a lovely and memorable way, as only Browne could. From "something Fine" to all the rest of the wonderfully intimate, strikingly autobiographical, personal, and evocative songs he introduced to the waiting world with this album, this is one everyone should have in their CD collection. It is, as Browne himself might say, a cleverly innocent Technicolor snapshot picture taken on clear, cool Southern California night, after a day in the truth and light of the desert. It is a faithful, memorable, and absolutely artistic reproduction of a moment in contemporary culture made by someone who has built a whole musical career by being the ultimate self-acknowledged dreamer and world-watcher. Spin it and enjoy. I still do.
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By A Customer on June 8, 1999
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Anybody who doesn't think there is poetry in pop music is either bigoted or doesn't listen very well. The best work of people like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Jackson Browne conjure up the sort of images and emotions that songwriters never had before. No moon/June nonsense here. The young (23 at the time of this album's release) Jackson Browne was a heartbreakingly worldly man, who had come to terms with the suicide of a friend ("Song For Adam"), the quest for spirituality in the waning years of the hippie movement ("Rock Me On the Water") love and loss ("My Opening Farewell", "Jamaica Say You Will"), and apocalyptic visions ("From Silverlake"). He also knew how to rock ("Doctor My Eyes"). David Crosby's sensitive, non-obtrusive production lends just the right setting to these beautiful, timeless songs. Simply a magnificent record.
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A very young man at the time of this recording Jackson Browne's first album became the most critically acclaimed debut album of the year, and for good reason. "Jamaica Say You Will" is one of those songs that takes you to a different time and place every time you hear it, "Doctor My Eyes" still rocks, while "My Opening Farewell" is a beautiful and ironic closing to an album that should stimulate anyone intellectually and emotionally. Listen to this album and you'll see why Jackson Browne is considered the most accomplished singer/songwriter of the 70s.
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Although this was his debut album, younger listeners who want to see what Jackson Browne is all about should first try "Late For The Sky", then "For Everyman", then this one. "Saturate" is a great album, certainly one of his best, but some of the songs are complex, and the other two albums might help new listeners get the feel for Jackson's music before plunging in. "Song for Adam" is a powerful, emotional song, but the lyrics seem surprising and even counterintuitive until you have a real feel for the style. It takes a few listens to be able to follow the changes in the instrumentals and the lyrics. In my opinion, "Looking Into You" - written about the house his grandfather built - is his best song ever. But maybe, to really appreciate it, you need to hear some others first. Like "Late For The Sky" or "These Days" - songs that are amazing, but simpler and a little more... catchy. If you don't know if you're into this style of music, songs like "Doctor My Eyes" and "Under The Falling Sky" might seem a little bit twangy or country-folkish. (I'm not saying they're not good - you just need to be warmed up.)
If all you know of Jackson Browne is "Running On Empty", then you're looking for more electric guitar than this album has to offer. But give "Late For The Sky" a chance, and you might find that the mix comes naturally. Then come back and give this one a listen. You'll be glad you did.
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