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Out Of The Vault: Jackson Browne - February 9, 2013

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Jackson Browne – THESE DAYS -  "These Days" is a song written by Jackson Browne and principally recorded by Nico, Gregg Allman, and Browne himself in three distinctly different musical styles. Though the song was first recorded by Nico in 1967, Browne had written an early version of the song several years earlier, at the age of 16. The song, which deals with themes of loss and regret, has over the years, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, "quietly become a classic.  By 1973, Jackson Browne had become a successful recording artist, and not having raided his back catalogue for the first album, was now more willing to do so for this second, For Everyman. Recorded at the Sunset Sound Factory, this "These Days" was considerably different in several ways from the Nico effort. Some lyrics were changed or omitted, such as a couple of lines about "rambling" and "gambling". The fingerpicking guitar figure was replaced with flatpicking, and the slower-paced instrumentation was typical of early 1970s Southern Californian folk rock — drums, bass, piano, acoustic guitar, but most prominently with David Lindley's slide guitar, a feature of Browne's early albums, but also with Jim Keltner on drums and David Paich on piano.  From VPRO Netherlands radio promotional session 12/8/76.
 
Jackson Browne & Warren Zevon – MOHAMMED’S RADIO – Released on Warren Zevon’s self-titled debut album, recorded in 1975 and released in 1976.  From VPRO Netherlands radio promotional session 12/8/76.

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Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt – POOR POOR PITIFUL ME - "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is a song written by the late Warren Zevon. It is best known as one of Linda Ronstadt's signature hits, but it first appeared on Zevon's eponymous 1976 album ‘Warren Zevon” with backing vocals by Lindsey Buckingham.  In keeping with Zevon's sardonic lyrical style, the song's verses deal with a failed suicide, domestic abuse, and a brush with sadomasochism. It is reputed to be a friendly swipe at Jackson Browne, whose songs (such as "Here Come Those Tears Again" and "Sleeps Dark and Silent Gate" from The Pretender) could be quite dark.  Taken from the Warren Zevon tribute CD "Enjoy Every Sandwich", 2004.

Jackson Browne – FIRST GIRL I LOVED – Written by band-member Robin Williamson, this song originally appeared on the “5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion”, the second LP by The Incredible String Band, released in July 1967.  " Taken from the release “Rubaiyat:  Elektra’s 40th Anniversary”, 1990.

Jackson Browne – LOVE MINUS ZERO/NO LIMIT - "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" (read "Love Minus Zero over No Limit") is a song written by Bob Dylan for his fifth studio album Bringing It All Back Home, released in 1965. The song was originally written as a tribute to Dylan's future wife Sara Lowndes.  Taken from the 2012 Bob Dylan tribute CD:  “Chimes of Freedom”. 

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Jackson Browne – THE PRETENDER - "The Pretender" is a song written and performed by Jackson Browne and featured on his 1976 album “The Pretender”.  In answering the question of who The Pretender is, Browne said - "...it's not me exactly, although sometimes people applaud for me at that moment in the song as if I am, but in truth there is a bit of The Pretender in me, but it's anybody that's sort of lost sight of some of their dreams...and is going through the motions and trying to make a stab at a certain way of life that he sees other people succeeding at. So maybe it's a lot of people of a certain generation who sort of embraced a very material lifestyle in place of dreams that they had that sort of disintegrated at some point."

Jackson Browne – RUNNING ON EMPTY - "Running on Empty" is a song written and performed by Jackson Browne. It is the title track to his 1977 live album of the same name, recorded at a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on August 27, 1977.

Jackson Browne – THE NIGHT INSIDE ME – Originally relased on ‘The Naked Ride Home’, the twelfth album by Jackson Browne, released in 2002. This version is from a radio broadcast in Austin, Texas the same year.

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Jackson Browne – TAKE IT EASY – "Take It Easy" is the title of a song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, and most famously recorded by the Eagles (with Frey singing lead vocals). It was the band's first single, released on May 1, 1972.  It also was the opening track on the band's debut album Eagles and it has become one of their signature songs, included on all of their live and compilation albums.  Taken from a radio concert broadcast from the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA, September 1975.

Jackson Browne – YOUR SWEET AND SHINY EYES – Written by Nan O'Byrne, it first appeared on Home Plate, the fifth album by Bonnie Raitt, released in 1975.  Taken from a radio concert broadcast from the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA, September 1975.

Jackson Browne – COCAINE BLUES – Written by Reverend Gary Davis, also Blind Gary Davis, (April 30, 1896 – May 5, 1972) was an American blues and gospel singer and guitarist, who was also proficient on the banjo and harmonica. Additional lyrics by G. Frey and J. Browne.  Taken from a radio concert broadcast from the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA, September 1975.

Jackson Browne – REDNECK FRIEND - "'Redneck Friend" (or, alternately, "Red Neck Friend") is a song written and performed by Jackson Browne, and released as the first single from his 1973 album, “For Everyman”, and notable for its double entendre lyrics and guest appearances by Glenn Frey and Elton John, as well as the first appearance of David Lindley on a Jackson Browne single. The musicians who are credited with playing on the recording are Lindley, on slide guitar, Frey, on vocal harmony, Jim Keltner, on drums, and Doug Haywood, on bass. Elton John plays piano on the song, but is credited as "Rockaday Johnnie," supposedly due to the fact that John was in the United States without a work permit at the time.  Taken from a radio concert broadcast from the Main Point, Bryn Mawr, PA, September 1975.

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Jackson Browne & Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – STAY - "Stay" is a doo-wop song recorded by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs.   The song was written by Williams in 1953 when he was 15 years old. He had been trying to convince his date not to go home at 10 o'clock as she was supposed to. He lost the argument, but as he was to relate years later, "Like a flood, the words just came to me.".  Jackson Browne recorded a version of the song with revised lyrics as the last track on his 1977 album “Running on Empty”. The song, which follows on the heels of Browne's "The Load-Out" begs the audience to stay for an encore and includes an extensive playout. It includes backing contributions from David Lindley and from Rosemary Butler. Browne, Butler, and Lindley each contribute a similar verse in turn in ascending vocal ranges. It was released as a single and reached number twenty in the U.S.  Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band recorded a version for the No Nukes album in September 1979 with Jackson Browne.  That is the origin of this version.

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