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The Pretender(orig. sealed vinyl LP)

Jackson BrowneVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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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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The Fuse / Your Bright Baby Blues / Linda Paloma / Here Come Those Tears AgainThe Only Child / Daddy's Tune / Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate / The Pretender

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic May 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I cannot say enough about the importance of this album. The lowest point in Jackson Browne's life (his wife's suicide) produced the most harrowing and effectual songs of his carrer. 'The Pretender' and 'Here Come Those Tears Again' are the most striking songs about love, life and everything in-between. From the first moments of this album (The Fuse) to the final fading of 'The Pretender', the only thing you want from this album is more of it. As an 'only child', I can hear my father speaking to me through the magic of this song. The heartbreak, remorse and heartfelt passion in 'Daddy's Tune' and 'Sleeps Dark and Silent Gate' justly prepare you for the anthem title track. Jackson Browne's vocals, guitar and piano accompaniment blend so beautifully on this album that you long for more of the creative talent that produced this classic. It is such a leap from 'Late for the Sky' and such a more cohesive album than 'Running on Empty.'
Unquestionably his finest effort.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Anyone owning the original album could tell by the interesting dichotomy represented in the photography on the front and back covers recognized this one was gong to be a stunner, especially since Jackson Browne at the time was extremely focused on his rapidly growing son, who was busy transforming himself from toddling first steps to rambunctious childhood under his father's steady inquisitive gaze. The inclusion of a stunning translation of poet Pablo Neruda's lovely "Brown And Agile Child" was superimposed on a striking photo of the boy striding innocently out of the surf. All that said, this is another in the string of Browne albums examining the world according to Jackson, his long and endlessly interesting observations of his own feelings, motivations, and thoughts as well as his meaningful entanglements with others.
Right out of the batter's box comes "The Fuse", setting a thoughtful and reflective tone of a contemplative Browne ready to go on, apparently after the devastation of his wife's unexpected suicide. As Browne concludes, life must go on. This is followed by "Your Bright Baby Blues", a diverting look at contemplation, drug use, the games people play with themselves, and the difficulty of really coming to terms with yourself. Throughout the song cycle, Browne keeps returning to the idea that one must find the unique answers that make life worthwhile for oneself, attempting to live life for one's own goals and sense of purpose, and he again and again rejects the notion of copping out by accepting the easy and simplistic compromises others have settled for.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of its kind, five stars are not enough. June 30, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
The Pretender is the best of Jackson Browne's recordings which is similar to saying that Hamlet is the best of Shakespeare's work. And the comparison to Shakespeare is not accidental. JB has long been known as a master of the lyric and has always managed to put together musicians and vocalists that complement his own considerable talent. Lowell George and Bonnie Raitt appear on this record and their contributions shine brightly as against the background of what they were to become.
The Pretender, as a song, is widely recognized as a masterpiece and that is enough said about that tune. Your Bright Baby Blues, Here Come Those Tears Again, Daddy's Tune, and Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate are in the same category of masterworks, but less widely heard.
At first and even tenth listening, Linda Paloma does not seem to fit with the rest of the album, but after years of reflection I have concluded that there is no other place in the work of Jackson Browne that the song would fit. And fit it does! I have owned three lp's of The Pretender, each having been repaced with a new record as the ravages of time took its toll on the vinyl. My one and only copy of the CD has, of course, resisted wear and tear and remains pristine. Nonetheless, the old records get played once in a while as less than perfect sound was the norm when The Pretender was first heard and a less than perfect world is the subject of the record.
If I were to be required to choose only five record to take with me to a desert island this would be first on my list and I'd take two copies just in case a hurricane were to take one out to sea.
The Pretender is a melancholy record. It conveys what was and what could have been but will never be.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Browne's Melancholic Masterpiece March 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What can you possibly do after your partner commits suicide? Jackson Browne channelled his grief, following the suicide of his wife, into this magnificent record. Many of America's top musicians came to help him out: Little Feat's Lowell George, Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, Springsteen's Roy Bittan, Orleans' John Hall, and Steely Dan's Jeff Porcaro.
The result: a wonderful mixture of the introspective and the harrowing. I have owned this album as an LP since its release, and always found it a great comfort at times of loss. Musically the best tracks are the four that start and end sides 1 and 2 of the LP: 'The Fuse', 'Here Comes Those Tears', 'The Only Child' and 'The Pretender'. But there is not a single dud on the album. As it turned out, the album was very FM-friendly.
I'm not usually into lyrics, but this is one of the very few albums that got through to me. Cathartic without ever slipping into self-pity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't say anything bad. I liked Jackson Browne when he first started
Can't say anything bad. I liked Jackson Browne when he first started. Now I have a CD player for my desk at work and this is what I want to listen to.
Published 24 days ago by missy
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretender
Not quite what I expected, but I do like Jackson Brown. Several songs are very good. Try it, you might like it.
Published 4 months ago by RayRebel
2.0 out of 5 stars Great CD.
I enjoy this cd so much. It is by far the best cd I have.
I will buy more of his cd's.
Published 4 months ago by wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic, but still very relevant.
The concept of the singer/songwriter in its purist form emerged during the 1970's, influenced by the great writers
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Published 4 months ago by Ronnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackson Browne is my favorite artist.
I love all Jackson Browne. Only wish he were a little more upbeat in his song lyrics. His voice is marvelous.
Published 4 months ago by Vicky Taylor Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album, not his best.
Does not compare to Everyman but still worth buying. It still has good writing, better than running on Empty but worse than Everyman.
Published 6 months ago by Michel Olson
4.0 out of 5 stars Starting to Experiment But Still Great Poetry and Music
Only 8 tracks on this one, not sure if his wife's suicide that year impacted the release. Some undertones of jazz on Your Bright Baby Blues and he does it well with his style. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Scott A. White
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed
Although I like JB this was one is not to my liking. The others I've purchased recently outshine this CD.
Published 6 months ago by Plug
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly all good songs
Again the songs I wasn't that crazy about before continue to not be favorites. However, the ones I was looking for and really like continue to be favorites
Published 8 months ago by Elsa
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps his best studio album
Jackson's best album is Running on Empty, but this may be the most representative of his career. Perhaps the representative album for SoCal mid 70's life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
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