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Late for the Sky CD

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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: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Late For The Sky
2. Fountain Of Sorrow
3. Farther On
4. The Late Show
5. The Road And The Sky
6. For A Dancer
7. Walking Slow
8. Before The Deluge

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

His third album, and arguably his finest, Late for the Sky continues Browne's sincere self-analysis into positively grim territory. The title track concerns the lingering effects of a dead relationship and was featured in Martin Scorcese's film Taxi Driver. While "For a Dancer" confronts death head-on, "Farther On" explains the difficulties faced by us dorks who live life through books, films, or music; and "Before the Deluge" forecasts environmental gloom and doom. Guitarist David Lindley adds terrific counterpoint to Browne's musing, supporting the tracks with tasteful slide and fiddle work. --Rob O'Connor

Customer Reviews

This is one of Jackson Browne's best albums.
Jamie Grimes
Each solo is a song unto itself, beautifully complementing both the music and lyrics of each tune.
B. P. Price
Every time I try to talk about one song being the best, another pushes it out of the way.
The Original Rock

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Oh my oh my, what an achingly, devastatingly, stunningly beautiful piece of work this album is. While not wishing to offend my friends in the RUNNING ON EMPTY camp, there is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that LATE FOR THE SKY was, is and will always be Jackson Browne's masterpiece. Listening to it is such an sublime, tragic, raw, beautiful, purely EMOTIONAL experience. "For A Dancer", supposedly written in reaction to a friend's death (a la "Song For Adam") is the best song he's ever written--and one of the best songs ever written, period. Certainly one of the most poignant. Although "Dancer", "Fountain of Sorrow", the monumental title track, and the death-of-hippie epic "Before the Deluge" garnered the most attention, don't overlook the two songs at the end of side one--"Farther On" and "The Late Show" form a mini song cycle that entails some of the most deeply personal introspective songwriting imaginable. Even in the jaunty "throwaway" track, "Walking Slow", Jackson is thinking deep thoughts.
After twenty-five years, I could not imagine my life without this music.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on July 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What do you say about an album you 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 album he ever produced? 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 several lines, "Look, you're standing in the window/ Of a house nobody lives in/ And I'm sitting in a car across the way /Let's just say an early model Chevrolet/ You go pack your sorrows/ The trash man comes tomorrow / We'll throw 'em on the curb/ And then just sail away"
This best-selling album will sail on forever. From "Late For The Sky" to "Fountain of Sorrow" and 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 a cleverly innocent Technicolor snapshot picture taken on clear, cool Southern California night, just like the album cover. 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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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By "craig_paul" on February 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After 26 years, LATE FOR THE SKY still stands as Jackson Browne's finest effort, and this a monumental statement, considering the body of work Browne has produced. The intensely personal lyricism evident here was virtually uncharted territory in 1974.
The classic title track, "Fountain Of Sorrow," the tear-jerking "For A Dancer" and the brilliantly phrased "The Late Show" are all examples of Browne's willingness to pour out his heart for the world to hear.
It was my pleasure to give this CD to a young musician friend, who was only vaguely aware of Jackson Browne, a couple of years ago. Since then, he has devoured all of Browne's recordings, as have many others over the past three decades.
This is an absolutely essential album by one of the great talents of our time.
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Missing Person on October 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With Jackson Browne's 3rd album, 1974's "Late For The Sky", he came up with a whole lot more than just another album--he came up with one of THE very best & most moving albums ever made. It seems as though he was absolutely determined to make the world a better place through his music & provide comfort to a world full of disillusioned twentysomethings (or folks of any age). What he came up with is a truly mesmerizing, bittersweet, uplifting work of art. This album is overall extremely mellow, & if you listen to it for the first time in haste, you might completely miss the brilliance of it. Giving the record your close attention, it grabs a hold of you & doesn't let go. It's a record for when you're really questioning your own place in the world, a record to lift you up when you're feeling burnt out, a record filled with sorrow yet brimming with hope & passion for life. The album brilliantly follows through on its intent. A big key to the album is Jackson's warmth--as personal as the songs may be, Jackson is not whiny or annoyingly self-indulgent on here, & he isn't just filling the album up with nonsense wordplay that sounds "important" without actually having any considerable meaning. There really is not a wasted word on the album--occasionally he'll briefly use something simple or cliched as a setup for something that simply blows your mind just a few lines or so later. It's truly incredible how much sincerity & heart he packs into the album. That said, I think you'll know what I mean when I say this is the kind of record that gets better & better with repeated listenings--it's an extremely deep & rich listening experience.Read more ›
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