1976 Jackson Browne – The Pretender

The Pretender is the fourth album by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). It peaked at #5 on Billboard’s album chart. The singles from the album were “Here Come Those Tears Again” which reached number 23 and “The Pretender” which peaked at number 58.

The title track was featured in the 1995 film Mr. Holland’s Opus. The album was certified as a Gold record in 1976 and Platinum in 1977 by the RIAA. It reached Multi-platinum in 1997 and 2006.


1  The Fuse (Jackson Browne) 5:50
2  Your Bright Baby Blues (Jackson Browne) 6:05
3  Linda Paloma (Jackson Browne) 4:06
Here Come Those Tears Again(Jackson Browne, Nancy Farnsworth) 3:37
5  The Only Child (Jackson Browne) 3:43
6  Daddy’s Tune (Jackson Browne) 3:35
7  Sleep’s Dark And Silent Gate (Jackson Browne) 2:37
The Pretender(Jackson Browne) 5:54


1 The Fuse

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Slide GuitarDavid Lindley
KeyboardsCraige Doerge

2 Your Bright Baby Blues

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJim Gordon
Slide GuitarLowell George
OrganBill Payne
PianoRoy Bittan
Background VocalsLowell George

3 Linda Paloma

GuitarRoberto Gutierrez
GuitarLuis Damian
ViolinRoberto Gutierrez
HarpArthur Gerst
Background VocalsRoberto Gutierrez
Background VocalsArthur Gerst

4 Here Come Those Tears Again

BassBob Glaub
DrumsJim Gordon
Guitar (solo)John Hall
GuitarFred Tackett
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
OrganMike Utley
PianoBill Payne
Background VocalsBonnie Raitt
Background VocalsRosemary Butler

5 The Only Child

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarAlbert Lee
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
PianoBill Payne
ViolinDavid Lindley
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsJohn David Souther

6 Daddy’s Tune

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Slide GuitarDavid Lindley
PianoCraige Doerge
TrumpetChuck Findley
TromboneDick Hyde
HornDenis Quitman
HornJim Horn

7 Sleep’s Dark And Silent Gate

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
PianoCraige Doerge

8 The Pretender

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarFred Tackett
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
PianoCraige Doerge
Background VocalsDavid Crosby
Background VocalsGraham Nash

Liner Notes

Producer – Jon Landau
Arranged By (Horns Arranged B) – Jim Horn (Track 6)
Arranged By (Strings Arranged By) – David Campbell (Tracks 7, 8)
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Greg Ladanyi (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8)
Mixed By (Assisted By) – Dennis Kirk (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8)
Recorded By (Additional Recording) – Mark Howlett
Recorded By (Assisted By) – Paul Black
Recorded By (Tracks Recorded By) – John Haeny (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Art Direction, Design – Gary Burden
Liner Notes (Brown And Agile Child) – Pablo Neruda
Photography By (Back Cover Photo) – Jackson Browne
Photography By (Front Cover Photo By) – Tom Kelley Studios

Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Published By – Swallow Turn Music
Published By – WB Music Corp.
Published By – Open Window Music
Published By – Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Mixed At – The Sound Factory
Mastered At – A&M Mastering Studios
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria