The faces from his past now drinking champagne from plastic cups are the people that have inspired and populated many of his songs.He doesn’t seem to believe their praises, to be able to absorb the backpats.
In 1972, he released his debut solo album, featuring the hit "Doctor My Eyes." He also wrote hit songs for the Eagles, including ' Take It Easy.' Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
The midpoint in his first major tour on top of the bill (with Linda Ronstadt as opener), the Berkeley show had been painfully mediocre.
Jackson had seemed preoccupied between numbers and let his between-song stories wander pointlessly, spaced ellipses that led to nowhere.
Here, Martin Chilton counts down his best 25 songs in reverse order.
A Child’s Garden of Jackson Browne It’s a long way Jackson Browne has come – from his whining days at the Paradox in Orange, at the Dom in the Village, and at Troubadour hoots in Hollywood.
From the ominous opening chords of “The Fuse” to the closing prayer for “The Pretender,” Browne evokes the burnt-orange haze of Los Angeles at dusk, when the sun has gone but the sky is still lit up like a kiln and the hills morph into giant dark shoulders. A.’s contradictions: The front cover shows Browne on a downtown street (it looks like Broadway), his spotless white tee the only thing distinguishing him from the gritty frieze around him; the back cover shows Browne’s son Ethan frolicking innocently in the Pacific surf, framed by a translation of Pablo Neruda’s “Brown and Agile Child.” Like all of Browne’s albums from this period, the guest musicians are a who’s who of denim-clad, countrified Cali rock: J. Souther, David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, David Lindley, Don Henley, Lowell George.