Jackson's Browne's music has been the backcloth of lives of many a 50-something - myself included - for more than 30 years. We have shared his joys, sorrows, anguish and hopes as if they were an integral part of our own lives. In fact, that is exactly what these emotions were, as we lived, loved, died, lied... and survived all that life threw at us over the years. Even in our darkest moments, we found solace in the music of the most wonderful songs of Jackson Browne, a man that was walking the same track and spoke the same language.
No 'best of' compilation can deservedly do justice to the sheer breath of talent that is JB. But this collection is almost as close as one could get, a truly wonderful selection of songs, sung with such real passion that they cut to the very soul and, in some cases, turn it inside out.
One could nit-pick: 'Your bright baby blues' and 'Somebody's baby' are not among Jackson's finest moments, enjoyable though they are. And 'Red-necked friend' is a thinly-disguised (but catchy) song about onanism.
It would be easy to substitute and add numerous stand-out tracks, my choices being: 'Song For Adam' (from his first album, Saturate Before Using), 'Walking Slow' (from the Late For The Sky album) 'Ready Or Not' (from For Everyman), 'Cut It Away' (Lawyers In Love), 'Some Bridges' (from I'm Alive) and ' My Problem Is You' and 'Take This Pain' (from Looking East).
The songs here - and many others - are timeless masterpieces that merit and withstand repeated listening. Fans will have all of these tracks already, so the compilation will make a great in-car companion. For those new to the music of Jackson Browne -just buy this album, listen, learn and let your heart open up to one of the greatest artists of the last 50 years.