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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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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Recordings
  • ASIN: B000B5XSXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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1. The Barricades Of Heaven
2. These Days
3. The Birds Of St. Marks (never before released!)
4. Fountain Of Sorrow
5. Your Bright Baby Blues
6. For A Dancer
7. Too Many Angels
8. For Everyman
9. Lives In the Balance
10. Looking East
11. The Pretender
12. Take It Easy

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Presenting twelve songs culled from Browne's extensive and critically acclaimed solo acoustic concerts around the world over the past few years, the disc also captures both spirited and humorous exchanges between Jackson and his audiences, making for a truly intimate listening experience. This new comp, produced by Browne and Paul Dieter, is Jackson's first live release since his 1977 multi-platinum Running On Empty album. It also marks the recording debut of a three decades old track, 'The Birds Of St. Marks', not previously released in any form. Solo Acoustic reaches back to Browne's early years with 'These Days' and 'Take It Easy', and spans his entire career with other highlights such as 'Fountain Of Sorrow', 'For Everyman', 'The Pretender', and 'Looking East'. A stirring version of 'Lives In The Balance', the title track from Jackson's powerful 1986 album, will be this record's lead single. Inside. 2005.

About the Artist

Over the course of more than three decades, Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music. With classic albums including Late For The Sky, The Pretender, Running On Empty, and For Everyman, and songs like "Doctor My Eyes," "Rock Me On The Water," and "Lives In The Balance," he has defined a genre of songwriting that is charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Along the way, he has touched the hearts and minds of countless fans worldwide.

Jackson’s artistry was recognized with his 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the honor eloquently delivered by friend and fellow Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen. He also received in 2004 an honorary Doctorate of Music from Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice."

Browne’s latest album release is 2005’s Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Vol. 1, presenting twelve songs culled from his acclaimed solo acoustic concerts performed worldwide over the past few years. The disc also captures spirited and humorous exchanges between Jackson and his audience, making for an intimate listening experience. Set for release October 11, 2005, Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Vol. 1 is Inside Recordings' inaugural release under its direct distribution deal with ADA. Presenting twelve songs culled from Browne’s extensive and critically acclaimed solo acoustic concerts around the world over the past few years, the disc also captures both spirited and humorous exchanges between Jackson and his audiences, making for a truly intimate listening experience. This new compilation, produced by Jackson Browne and Paul Dieter, is his first live release since his 1977 multi-platinum album Running On Empty. Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Vol. 1 also marks the recording debut! of a song more than three decades old, "The Birds Of St. Marks," not previously released in any form. Featuring solo performances on both guitar and piano, the album's track listing reaches back to Browne’s early years with "These Days" and "Take It Easy," and spans his entire career with other highlights including "Fountain Of Sorrow," "For Everyman," "The Pretender" and "Looking East." A stirring live version of "Lives In The Balance," the title track from Jackson’s powerful 1986 album, will be the new album’s lead single.

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Although in my opinion every song is really good.
Andrew
These songs are lyrical masterpieces, performed by a truly gifted singer/songwriter/musician.
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For fans and newcomers alike, this CD is a must have.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on October 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With nothing more than an acoustic guitar or piano, a quick wit and a voice that's aged like the finest wine, Jackson Browne comes off sounding as youthful and vigorous as he was in his earliest days. These songs are lyrical masterpieces, performed by a truly gifted singer/songwriter/musician.

The poetry of "These Days," "For a Dancer," "Fountain of Sorrow," and "Take It Easy" has yet to be surpassed, even 30 years later. It's just plain fun to hear acoustic renditions of "Lives in the Balance" and "Looking East" (you can ignore the brief, petty political commentary that proceeds them, if you wish). "For Everyman" still remains a lyrical masterwork; and "Your Bright Baby Blues," played in a bluesier fashion, becomes a rejuvenated work of art.

The only problem with this album, really, is that it only contains 12 songs; thankfully, this is SOLO ACOUSTIC VOL. 1; meaning, if there isn't a VOL. 2 in the works, then there are going to be some very disgruntled fans out there. Jackson Browne is a true artist; if you've heard any of his music, you know this. If you haven't, then do yourself a favor and buy this album; if you are a fan of music--whatever genre--you will not regret it.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2005
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Jackson Browne is one of the best songwriters of the past thirty years. His songs are topical, introspective and descriptive. On Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1, he lets those lyrics come to the center stage with just Mr. Browne and his acoustic guitar for accompaniment. Eschewing his biggest hits, the song selection focuses mainly on album tracks from his mid 70's albums For Everyman, Late For The Sky & The Pretender and his 90's albums. Mr. Browne's voice is still in great shape and his passionate readings of "For A Dancer", the superb "These Days", "Too Many Angels" & "Looking East" show off his storytelling skill. The two best tracks are an impassioned version of "Lives In The Balance" which takes on more resonance in these times and a brilliant version of "The Pretender". Hopefully there will be a Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2 and will be as worthwhile as this album.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Evans on May 6, 2006
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I own every Jackson Browne cd that has been commercially released. With a substantial cd collection, he remains one of my favourite artists. He has however, outdone himself here. From "The Barricades of Heaven" (a song which is fair at best in its original, studio form on "Looking East" but terrific here) through "Take It Easy", Browne gives a scholar's lesson on songwriting and sparse arrangements. With the inclusion of "The Birds of St. Marks", the listener is treated to a gut-wrenching, soul-lifting 5 minutes of pure songwriting genius, apparently 30 years after it was written. That track alone is so good that it prompted me to write this, my first ever review of many great cds in my collection. I suppose it helps to be a Jackson Browne fan to begin with, so if you are, you should pick this up, you won't be disappointed - you should be elated. If you're not a fan yet and you like mellow music, you'll no doubt like this, but it's not necessarily the place I'd start into JB. For that I'd recommend any of "Saturate Before Using", "Late for the Sky" or "For Everyman".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By t'amant on May 1, 2006
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From contemplative & poetic pieces of art such as The Barricades Of Heaven, Lives In The Balance or Too Many Angels, to feel good songs like Take It Easy, These Days and Bright Baby Blues (where he whips out the slide for a further demonstration of his guitar abilities - sounds like a steel guitar, track notes are sparse), the breadth of JB's personal talent (vocal, guitar, piano, songwriting) is highlighted in an effective way. Listen to how the nuances are nudged out of the original versions with a single instrument by way of a well placed chord (chord fragment) or harmony emphasis between vocal and instrumental melody - this guy is tuned in to the musical spheres. Some of the guitar arrangements are better than ever to my ears and expertly touch on every available smidgen of melody that can be wrung out of the original multi-instrument recordings. Jb's sense of timing is impeccable. I have rarely seen or heard a solo performance that does a better job of portraying the essence of a musician's vision in such a simple but beautiful way. We saw him live before the election with his full band and it was very fun (with Keb Mo and Bonnie Raitt).

This cd was a Christmas gift for my wife and she keeps it playing often around our house ... It has really grown on me, although I could see/hear that it was an excellent release from the first listen! I agree that more volumes will be greatly appreciated by fans since they contrast nicely with his usual rocky (and electric) sound. The sound quality is very clear and the production is intimate, he shares many funny thoughts between songs and gains a great rapport with the audience. Since we both love this one (that's what 5 stars means on Amazon), I can wholeheartedly say that this is a great pick, especially if you know the songs well!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Taylor on November 24, 2005
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This is a brilliant album, and one of the best reasons I've had lately to continue buying CDs. It's a showcase of a performer at his peak, and ample justification of his now-legendary status.

I must first commend Jackson on his courage. Few major artistes are brave enough to expose themselves and their musicianship in a live, solo effort. There is no backing band, no backup vocalists, and no studio gimmickry to cover mistakes. It's just the performer and his audience. This has to be the toughest type of performance, and Jackson nails it.

Browne is a superb communicator, keeping his audience riveted to his music, and entertained between songs with his funny stories and off-handed quips. Browne gives his all to his audience, and the audience loves him back. The energy is palpable.

This CD has not left my changer since it first arrived. I've played it almost every day for the past month, and each time I find something new to enjoy. There are so many great tracks, that picking one song isn't easy, but my current favorite is Fountain of Sorrow, with its sensitive interweaving of romantic illusion and reality.

Having recently suffered bereavement, of special significance to me is, For a Dancer, a song about death. The words resonate with me as I consider the loved one I lost, and the inevitability of my own death, "...in the end there is one dance you'll do alone."

Browne's versatility on both piano and guitar is impressive. His piano work on tracks like Birds of St. Marks, Fountain of Sorrow, and For a Dancer is soulful and understated, while his playing on bottle-neck and regular guitar shows that even after thirty years, the brother still has his chops.
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