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The Very Best of Jackson Browne [CD]

Jackson BrowneAudio 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 (March 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B0001GOH98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Doctor My Eyes
2. Jamaica Say You Will
3. Rock Me On The Water
4. Take It Easy
5. These Days
6. Redneck Friend
7. For Everyman
8. For A Dancer
9. Fountain Of Sorrow
10. Late For The Sky
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Running On Empty
2. You Love The Thunder
3. Somebody's Baby
4. Tender Is The Night
5. Lawyers In Love
6. In The Shape Of A Heart
7. Lawless Avenues
8. Lives In The Balance
9. I Am A Patriot
10. Sky Blue And Black
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32 tracks and over two and a half hours of material pulled from 11 of his Elektra/Asylum albums! Includes Doctor My Eyes; Rock Me on the Water; Running on Empty; The Pretender; Stay; Somebody's Baby; Tender Is the Night; The Load-Out , and more.

Though Jackson Browne's albums are not plentiful--in a career that stretches 32 years, he's released just over a dozen--they're filled with songs that serve as resilient touchstones for millions who passed through those decades. Originally forging a way for himself as a songwriter, his debut, Saturate Before Using, placed him at the forefront of the southern California rock scene. His contemporaries and compatriots, the Eagles, even took his "Take It Easy" to the top of the charts. Even at his most anthemic, his songs resonate with small details that keep the proceedings human-scaled. The sympathetic accompaniment buoys a voice that's remarkable for its lack of idiosyncrasies. His unmannered singing voice is an essential component in making songs like "These Days," "Fountain of Sorrow," and "Running on Empty" flow with a casual ease that belies the high level of craftsmanship throughout. --David Greenberger

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319 of 346 people found the following review helpful
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Jackson Browne has delivered some of the finest music in history. Granted, his career has had considerable ups & downs, but he's managed to put out masterpiece records in different eras of his career. His winning intimacy and ability to really captivate & stir emotions from within a listener is unsurpassable.

As for this 2004 two CD compilation on Rhino... Wow, this really is a fascinating & somewhat bewildering compilation of Jackson Browne's music. The reason for this goes way beyond the mere track listing. All concerned should be aware that many of the songs here are featured in versions that are very noticeably different from the ones on the CDs of his individual albums. This begins with the very first song on the set, "Doctor My Eyes", which sounds like the somewhat "updated" version that appeared on the "My Girl 2" soundtrack and was also used on the previous compilation "The Next Voice You Hear". Some songs are mildly different, such as "Running on Empty" where some of the reverb has been removed, and "I'm Alive" sounds just like the album version except that the speed has been slowed down very noticeably. However, "Late For The Sky" and especially "For A Dancer" sound VERY different than they do on the "Late For The Sky" CD--each of them are given an extra dose of glossy reverb that doesn't suit the songs and takes away from their impact. The former, which again is also the version that was used on "The Next Voice You Hear", has Jackson having sometime in the '90s redone bits of his original vocal as if he's grown unhappy with his performance over the years, although most of the original vocal is left intact!
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Versions ? March 23, 2004
By Freedom
Format:Audio CD
Finally. A well-rounded collection of Jackson Browne's hits and classics. But the day came that I went out to buy it I noticed the track listing was different from the one I had seen online.
Upon researching this further I noticed that although they both had 32 tracks, there were 2 DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THIS CD. The track listing is slightly shuffled but while one version features THAT GIRL COULD SING, the other version neglects this rare and catchy gem for LAWYERS IN LOVE.
I'm glad I took a good look at it before just running up to the register. Different stores seem to offer one version but none seem to carry both so be attentive if you're picky about your favorites like I am.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!!!! March 18, 2004
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Those who were disgusted by the single-disc "Next Voice You Hear" will be pleasantly surprised by this collection. Present here, but left off of "Next Voice" are such key tracks as "Here Come Those Tears Again," "Lawyers In Love," and "Boulevard." Amazon's track listing has one error: "That Girl Could Sing" is NOT on this collection but "Lawyers In Love" IS. And that's my only complaint, that the "Hold Out" album is represented by only 1 track. But if your a casual fan like me, this collection is almost perfect. There are no glaring omissions as with some collections. This one pretty well covers the subject. 1 star is taken off for the goofy packaging.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect...... March 19, 2004
By Allen
Format:Audio CD
Jackson Browne is one of the those artists that even a 2-disc "greatest Hits" package can't cover all of his hits. When this happens, one knows that they have truly been touched by something rare in the music industry.....someone who has much to say, and can covey those feelings so eloquently in song.
Jackson's songs "Somebody's Baby", allow one to get an inner look into the lives of youth, and the lyrics are very deep. His two best songs from his last album are included here. However, the two biggest songs that were not on this collection that truly saddened me, were "Enough of the Night"....maybe not a "commercial " hit, but it still was a very poignant song. Yet, the georgiously produced ballad "Anthing Can Happen", that is features a haugntingly beautiful vocal, and some of Browne's best lyrics from his "World in Motion" album, is absent. Truly, one of my all-time favorite Jackson Browne tunes, and a classic in my opinion.
If your a young musician(I'm 25) and looking for something that has substance, and are unfamilar with this man's work, I highly recommend you start here to get a great overview of his work. However, please be warned this man is so good all of his albums are "Greatest Hits".
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much missing to call it the very best May 30, 2006
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And it's too slanted towards Browne's later work. Save the $$$ on the compilation and just get his CDs. They're all worth it and the album cuts you are missing could be your favorite songs. I especially miss "That Girl could Sing."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Stuff Is Well Represented July 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The early period Jackson Browne is well represented but where is "That Girl Could Sing". "For a Rocker", "World In Motion" and "The Rebel Jesus"? Rhino could've done a much better job mining the post "Runnin' On Empty" period in my opinion
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Along with the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Brown personified a unique group of singer-songwriters who were introspective, poetic, and soulful but never strayed too far away from their common ground: laid back "California" rock anthems that to many, personified the 1970s and early 1980s.
Fans had to wait until 1997 for Jackson Browne to release his single-disc first hits collection, but although it may have served as a great initiation to those who were not familiar with him; however it did not cut it for long-time fans who may not have had the money to purchase his individual releases, especially those recently remastered.

Now that Jackson Browne has deservingly been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, we are finally treated to a much more comprehensive career-spanning overview via the "Very Best of Jackson Browne," a double-disc collection that is head and shoulders above the one disc version released in 1997.
So is this collection perfect? In my view, the bigger question should be, are any "greatest hits"/"best of" collections really adequate for true fans? With the exception of some box sets, the answer is generally an absolute no; however even with the major omission of "That Girl Could Sing" (or apparently "Lawyers In Love" as per other reviewers) and the truly shoddy digipack that falls apart, I think that Jackson Browne did a very good job of compiling a career retrospective that did not ignore his recent work. Accordingly, I give this 5 stars.
Now that I have the rating out of the way, are there things that I would change? ABSOLUTELY. The collection not only ignores "That Girl Could Sing," but way too many other gems from the underrepresented (only 1 song) "Hold Out," including "Call It A Loan" and the title cut.
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