What does it sound like?:
This vinyl reissue was originally slated to appear with the original eight tracks spread over a two LP set, presumably to enhance the sound quality, but in the event has eventually shown up the same way it’s always been, a single album, albeit on 180 gram vinyl. The audio has been remastered, although it doesn’t sound significantly different to me, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that this remains Jackson Brown’s finest album, and I’d go as far as to say one of the best singer-songwriter albums of all time, epitomising the West Coast sound of the early seventies. Originally released in 1974, Browne is joined by David Lindley and his band, along with guests of the calibre of Don Henley and JD Souther for a collection of songs that touch on themes of love, loss and life itself. Look at the songs on here – the classic title track, Fountains of Sorrow, For A Dancer, Before The Deluge and one of my all time favourites, and for me not only the best thing here but one of the best things he ever did, The Late Show. This record sounds as fresh and as good now as it did when it was first released forty odd years since – great playing, great singing and great enduring songwriting. Top Stuff – an all time classic!
What does it all *mean*?
If you don’t appreciate the beauty of these songs then I’m afraid there really is no hope for you.
Goes well with…
Taking it easy.
Might suit people who like…
Laid back West Coast sounds, singer-songwriters of that golden age.