1986 Jackson Browne – Lives In The Balance

Lives in the Balance is the eighth album by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). It reached number 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The title track as well as “For America” and “In the Shape of a Heart” were released as singles. The album was ranked number 88 on Rolling Stone’s list of the best 100 albums of the 1980s

Lives in the Balance was the first album by Browne where overtly political and socially critical songs dominated (three of which were about president Ronald Reagan), although it also included one of his best remembered songs about relationships, the tragic “In the Shape of a Heart”, inspired by his relationship with his first wife. The radio play garnered by “For America” and “In the Shape of a Heart”, and the use of “Lives in the Balance” in the show Miami Vice, gained him many new fans who later went back and discovered Browne’s earlier works.

The lesser commercial success of the album, according to a Rolling Stone November 1989 article, hardly mattered to Browne: “I like this album as much as any I’ve ever done,” Browne said. “And there’s a certain comfort, a security that I have, talking about something that I feel this strongly about. And whether or not an album succeeds wildly or not, that’s intact.”

Tracks

1  For America (Jackson Browne) 5:13
2  Soldier of Plenty (Jackson Browne) 4:37
3  In the Shape of a Heart (Jackson Browne) 5:41
4  Candy (Greg Copeland, Wally Stocker) 4:12
5  Lawless Avenues (Jackson Browne, Jorge Calderón) 5:41
6  Lives in the Balance (Jackson Browne) 4:18
7  Till I Go Down (Jackson Browne) 4:19
8  Black and White (Jackson Browne) 5:11

Media

Musicians

1 For America

BassJennifer Condos
DrumsIan Wallace
GuitarGary Myrick
PianoJai Winding
SynthesizerJai Winding
SaxPhil Kenzie


2 Soldier of Plenty

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarSteve Lukather
Acoustic GuitarJackson Browne
SynthesizerBill Payne


3 In The Shape Of A Heart

BassBob Glaub
DrumsStan Lynch
GuitarRick Vito
Acoustic GuitarJackson Browne
SynthesizerBill Payne
SynthesizerCraig Doerge
Background VocalsDoug Haywood


4 Candy

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoJackson Browne
SynthesizerBill Payne
SynthesizerJai Winding
Background VocalsBonnie Raitt
Background VocalsDoug Haywood


5 Lawless Avenues

BassJorge Calderon
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
GuitarDavid Lindley
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoJai Winding
SynthesizerJai Winding
PercussionWalfredo Reyes


6 Lives in the Balance

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Acoustic GuitarJorge Strunz
Acoustic GuitarJackson Browne
SynthesizerBill Payne
SynthesizerJai Winding
Background VocalsDebra Dobkin
Background VocalsMindy Sterling


7 Till I Go Down

BassPhil Chen
DrumsIan Wallace
GuitarBernie Larsen
GuitarDavid Lindley
GuitarKevin McCormick
ClavinetBernie Larsen
OrganIan McClagan
Background VocalsDoug Haywood
Background VocalsKevin McCormick


8 Black and White

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarKevin Dukes
PianoBill Payne
SynthesizerJai Winding
Background VocalsDoug Haywood

Liner Notes

Producer – Jackson Browne
Production Manager (Production Assistant) – Steven Landsberg
Engineer – James Geddes
Engineer (Assisted By) – Bill Jackson, Coke Johnson, Tchad Blake
Engineer (Technical Engineer) – Ed Wong
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By – Greg Ladanyi, James Geddes
Mixed By (Assisted By) – Murray Dvorkin, Sharon Rice

Art Direction – Jimmy Wachtel
Artwork (Cover Art) – Richard Duardo
Photography By (Back Cover Photo) – Basia Kenton

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Recorded At – Sunset Sound Factory
Recorded At – The Outpost
Mixed At – The Complex
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Designed At – Dawn Patrol
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Record Company – Warner Communications