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4.6 out of 5 stars
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on 5 July 2008
This is quite simply an awesome album that should be in everyone's collection. I have had it for nearly twenty years and still regularly play it and there is not a duff track on it. "For a Dancer" stands out for special mention. There are lyrics here that you will take away long after the music has stopped. I can only assume that "The lone voice of reason" had his soul removed at an early age !
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on 18 November 2008
I'm a relative newcomer to Amazon and this reviewing (and buying process) so bear with me!

I bought this vinyl album in 1974 and I have to say the lyrical content is anything but bland written, as it was, on quite an emotional rollercoaster ride for him at that specific time.

("For A Dancer" was written for his late wife - who took her own life)

Indeed, on side two, even on "For A Dancer", there is a spiritual and at times, joyous quality in both the music and lyrics, where love and a belief in nature and human nature will triumph in the end.

As well as being Jackson Browne's finest hour and finest album, it is also where, picking off where he left his mark on the previous year's "For Everyman", David Lindley excels himself too, on both guitar, slide guitar and violin.

Harmonies too, are those sumptuous West Coast harmonies that are so redolent of the 70's and of course, there's Don Henley and J.D. Souther on a couple of tracks.

This album well and truly deserves the five stars that all but one of the other reviewers have accorded this album. In defence and in respect of "The Lone Voice Of Reason", he is entitled to his personal opinion and it's true, one man's pleasure is another man's pain. The majority in this case however, win out I believe in popular opinion.

Although, Browne has brought out a number of albums in the 34 years since, he has never improved upon the musical and lyrical angst portrayed here. It was his finest hour!

Once again, it's just a personal opinion but, Browne got too involved in politics and causes and forgot perhaps, what "kicked him off" when originally starting out as a teenage songwriting prodigy.

As I rank this alongside The Blue Nile's "Peace At Last" and Maria Muldaur's "Sweet Harmony", this comes highly recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 8 March 2013
This a good album from the golden period for denim clad navel gazers, back in LA at the start of the seventies. Jackson Browne is a skilled songwriter and a pretty nifty performer. The songs are mostly downbeat, but, if you are in the right mood it is damn near perfect.
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on 2 October 2004
More than 25 years old and still the best album ever made!All 8 songs are more than perfect, with "For a Dancer" even better than the other 7 songs.
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on 24 July 2012
Don't know much about JB but once you get used to his singing voice this CD is a gem. The songs are lovely. Only 4 stars because I feel that makes it an excellent.
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on 24 May 2013
Track number 1, the title track, sounded as though it was playing through an out of tune radio. The rest of the tracks were poor quality, certainly not up to CD quality.
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on 3 November 2010
This is an interesting remastering, which seems to bring out some of the backing vocals and instruments that were not so obvious on the original tape version I bought many years ago (though this may also partly be because I now listen on headphones rather than through speakers).

All in all, still a great album that I enjoy as much now as when I first heard it.
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on 5 April 2013
I only knew Jackson Browne from his later work (Looking East, Naked Ride Home) so when I orded this I wondered if it would be dated - I need not have worried, for such an old album it still delivers Mr Browe's great songs, his writing, strong, mature and moving as usual. Sure the production on some tracks is of its time but as an entire album it stands the test!
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on 17 April 2016
This is just the very best Jackson Browne CD. It is majestic in the quality of the songs. First heard this in the late 70's and it still as good now. Several if these songs are masterpieces including the title track and For a dancer. Truly brilliant.
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on 9 December 2012
One of my favourites of Jackson Browne, when you think how young he was writing these lyrics it makes you marvel at his comprehension of life at so young an age .
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