Friday, October 1, 2010
Jackson Browne- The Pretender
Well, I went and found this record today. If I didn't get it today it was going to get skipped and since I'm in the middle of this Jackson Browne kick, I was curious to see how it sounded since it was produced by Jon Landau. I picked it up at Breakaway Records almost new like for only $3. I really dig that store. Not just for the prices and selection, but Gabe did a great job of it just being a cool place to hang out.
First cool thing I noticed about this record is that it's the first of his albums to include lyrics. It struck me as odd that the first three didn't since he's known as, and is a great songwriter. It's pretty nice to read the lyrics along with the song.
A memory just popped in my head. Throughout the 90's, I managed a crappy record store and ended up with a nice CD collection of about 3000. But, I'm pretty sure the only Jackson Browne album I had back then was a promo copy I got of his in '93 for I'm Alive.
That was a good album. Wonder if it was ever pressed on vinyl. It's strange to me that I could have a CD collection that large and not have any of his material other than that one. I always dug his hits, so not sure how that happened. But that's another thing that makes doing this really fun for me. In the course of 4 days, I've become a real fan of his. He's 4 for 4 so far in my book.
Oh, and if you are wondering if I still have 3000 CD's, the answer is no. I have maybe 50 or so now. I lost my job at the crappy record store in 2002 and moved to New Jersey for a brief spell. No way was I going to bring that many CD's with me so I sold the majority of them. Just me, my dog, and a suitcase of clothes. Plus, I needed the cash. I was seriously broke.
On another note, I should mention that this blog just got some press! I am mentioned in Austin Powell's column in this week's Austin Chronicle. Here's the link to check it out if you haven't already: Off the Record.
Mine is the last paragraph. My blog is also going to be linked to the Chronicle website eventually. Think they are just figuring out the best of how to go about it. By the way, I do work there in case you didn't know that already, so I'm not that cool for getting my name in the paper. But I do appreciate Austin mentioning it. And I appreciate all of you who have given me words of encouragement on doing this blog. It means a lot and it keeps me motivated to keep on keepin' on. And I have a looooong way to go!
Here's a cool video of Jackson and band doing "The Pretender" in 1976.