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Looking East

Jackson BrowneAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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listen  2. The Barricades Of Heaven 5:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Baby How Long? 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. It Is One 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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 (February 13, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: February 13, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HKU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some real classics and maybe a clunker or two January 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Interesting album, one that sounds like a return to his earlier pre-1980s work. Moreover, I would include "Barricades of Heaven" right up there with the best songs Browne has ever made. It sounds straight off "The Pretender." However, on this same album is one of the biggest clunkers Jackson has ever made and that is "Information Wars." This song is horrible! It is hard to fathom how this one got by the producer and on the final recording. Yes, the lyrics are intelligent, if not flowing. But the song sounds so ham-handed and dated, it is alomost like a Chevrolet commercial, with the horrid background vocals bellowing "Heartbeat of America!" I thought I was in 1985 again. HOWEVER, this sould not detract away from all of the other songs on this album that are consistently strong. So to sum up, one of Jackson's greatest songs ever, one of his worst, and several consistent songs. Is this a great Browne album? Probably not. Is it a bad one? Not at all. I own it and recommend it to other hardcore fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Browne hits the target June 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In his album "Looking East" Jackson Browne gives another successful analysis of the human condition. His passionate lyrics and well -crafted melodies make this piece his best in years.
The man who has made such insightful comments concerning our social behaviors and emotional needs is now older and wiser. His commentary is more tempered, more forgiving and less accusatory. His intention here seems to be to bond with listeners- not to rally them to action. Even as one who was rallied to action in the past by Browne, I understand and accept this new approach.
The title track opens with some ripping guitar work and rocks all the way through. His heart-felt vocals give the song a lot of depth and strength. It sets the stage nicely for the tracks to follow.
I believe the second track "Barricades to Heaven" will go down as a true Jackson Browne "classic". The song has a truly haunting tune and the subtle instrumentation accents the song skillfully. "Barricades" follows some of the form of "Running on Empty" as the artist again takes us through a musical tour of his past. When he reminds us to "bring your redemption when you come" it sounds less like a sermon and more of a free lesson in life given by on of its more successful students.
"Some Bridges" is another fine track and one that has the most commercial possibilities. Browne's message here is another unique one. He replaces his gloom and doom messages of the `70's and 80's with one that says, "We are doing okay. We have knocked down some of the obstacles that stood in our way." He, however, cannot resist adding, "Some bridges are still around". In other words, "let's keep it going in the right direction guys".
Jackson's "I'm the Cat" is a cool and sultry analysis of the balance of power in a relationship.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance to grow October 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the previous reviewer who said you must give this album a chance. Do not let yourself form a strong opinion on first listen. About the third time through, make sure you hear it on a good system with no one talking in the room. This is one of my most durable albums. I am always glad when it comes up in the juke box in the car, as it is great music to drive to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A word about the production... November 25, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The album "sounds" incredible. Everything is recorded using tube amps and vintage guitars (I read that even the headphone amps in his studio are tube). The production is concise - no extra drum machines or string programs - but the sound is full and lush.
It is refreshing, in this era of "techno pop" and MIDI sampling, to hear the faint squeek of fingers moving across guitar strings, and the drawbars moving on the Hammond.
Jackson's recording values are as honest as his lyrics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hunger On The Printed Page February 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Looking East" represented an inspired return to form after the cathartic song cycle, "I'm Alive."This Japan-only issue contains one extra track. A rompin', stompin', gospel take on "World In Motion," which actually bests both his original and later effort with Pop Staples.Expensive as it may seem, fans will simply have to have it. And, save for an appearance on a long-overdue box set, this great remake of "Motion" won't be around forever.Lose your fears, and meet your dangers. Click to the secure server, and go for it!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Jackson Browne's 1996 album "Looking East" is quite a dramatic change of pace for him. This came out relatively quickly after his previous album, the masterpiece "I'm Alive"--less than a 2 & ˝ year gap between the albums, which is a small gap for him. It's not surprising that, sonically, "Looking East" is essentially in the same vein as "I'm Alive", however this album is quite stylistically varied, & in that sense, it's rather ambitious. You get uptempo rock & roll on the title track, a couple of bluesy songs with "Culver Moon" & "Baby How Long", the Latin-esque "Nino" which is partly sung in Spanish, good-timey laid back rock & roll on "Some Bridges", & of course he doesn't forget to slip in a reggae tune: "It Is One". However, the varied styles sort of come across as an attempt to mask that Jackson is again suffering from writer's block. Regardless of Jackson's intent, the album feels slight--it largely ends up being good, enjoyable background music, but if you're looking for his characteristic emotional impact, it's sorely lacking on here. There are a few standouts though. "I'm the Cat" is a lyrically savvy, terrifically crafted, intricately detailed & infectiously catchy feel-good tune. The wistful youth reflection "The Barricades of Heaven" has really cool guitar & organ interplay and it's a terrific song, and "Alive In the World" is also a wistful and moving song, although it's a tad bit disappointingly plain lyrically. And that leads to another problem: many of the lyrics are tossed off & lacking depth--"Baby How Long" feels frustratingly incomplete; "Some Bridges" is a startlingly dull attempt at being uplifting; and "Information Wars", a characteristic political statement, is frustratingly shallow & lacking in his usual eloquence. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by anon4utu
5.0 out of 5 stars War
This song captures the turmoil in the Middle East and tries to reconcile all of the untold horrors and misery caused by war and famine in that region. I applaud Mr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas J. Douglas
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Thought I was getting a video version of "Culver Moon" that was Jackson Browne at "Austin City Limits". What I purchased was a TOTAL disappointment!!
Published 13 months ago by tom wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very reliable vendors supplying Amazon
I purchased two iterations of the same CD from two different resellers to hopefully get a reasonably pristine used copy of a favorite CD. Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. J. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounding great
Two of the songs I have listened to for years. Didn't even know that I had missed this album. Getting to know the rest of the songs but they are classic Jackson.
Published 15 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang on Browne!
Don't listen to any nonsense that is being written about this album - it is yet another 5 star masterpiece from the talented, Jackson Browne. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr GB Dennill
2.0 out of 5 stars Back to his old tricks
Just when I thought Jackson had hit on a hot streak with I'm Alive, he goes and proves me wrong: he really is mediocre, or worse. Read more
Published on November 22, 2007 by finulanu
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Browne Release
This mid 90's era album came at a time when Browne's years as a platinum selling commercial artist were behind him. Read more
Published on November 2, 2006 by Steven Sly
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 memorable songs, and the rest is competent
Although not a stellar effort, Looking East is respectable. For me, the songs Looking East, Barricades of Heaven, and Culver Moon have lasting repeat-play value. Read more
Published on May 17, 2006 by Eric J. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but OK
I've been a fan of Jackson Browne's music ever since hearing the fun satire "Lawyers in Love." Being an '80s teen, that was my introduction to Jackson's music. Read more
Published on February 11, 2006 by J. Houzet
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