1973 Jackson Browne – For Everyman

Browne, Jackson 1973For Everyman is the second album by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1973. The album peaked at number 43 on the Billboard 200 chart and the single “Redneck Friend” reached number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 457 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

For Everyman marked the debut of multi-instrumentalist David Lindley’s long association with Browne. Guest artists included David Crosby (harmony on the title track), Glenn Frey (harmony on “Redneck Friend”), Elton John (credited as Rockaday Johnnie, piano on “Redneck Friend”), Don Henley (harmony on “Colors of the Sun”), Joni Mitchell, and Bonnie Raitt.

The title track was written by Browne in response to the apocalyptic “Wooden Ships”, a song written by Crosby, Stephen Stills and Paul Kantner. His own version of “These Days” appears here after having been previously recorded by Nico, Tom Rush, who also covered “Colors of the Sun”, and Gregg Allman. Nico was the first to record the song in 1967. Browne later commented “When [Allman] did [These Days] I thought that he really unlocked a power in that song that I sort of then emulated in my version. I started playing the piano. I wasn’t trying to sing it like Gregg; I couldn’t possibly. I took the cue, playin’ this slow walk. But it was written very sort of, kind of a little more flatpicking.” “Take It Easy” was written by Browne and Frey and became the Eagles’ first single, released on May 1, 1972.

For Everyman was certified as a Gold record in 1975 and Platinum in 1989 by the RIAA.

The cover is a depiction of Browne’s childhood home in Highland Park, California, “The Abbey San Encino”.

The cover of the original release was a cutout with the inner sleeve showing Browne sitting in a rocking chair. When removed the picture on the inside had the same background but Browne and the rocking chair were omitted.

Tracks

1  Take It Easy (Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey) 3:51
2  Our Lady Of The Well (Jackson Browne) 3:39
3  Colors Of The Sun (Jackson Browne) 4:17
4  I Thought I Was A Child (Jackson Browne) 3:44
5  These Days (Jackson Browne) 4:42
6  Redneck Friend (Jackson Browne) 3:59
7  The Times You’ve Come (Jackson Browne) 3:39
8  Ready Or Not (Jackson Browne) 3:35
9  Sing My Songs To Me (Jackson Browne) 3:25
10  For Everyman (Jackson Browne) 6:11

Media

Musicians

1 Take It Easy

BassDoug Haywood
DrumsMicky McGee
GuitarDavid Lindley
Acoustic GuitarJackson Browne
Pedal Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
Background VocalsDoug Haywood


2 Our Lady Of The Well

BassDoug Haywood
DrumsJim Keltner
Acoustic GuitarDavid Lindley
Acoustic GuitarJackson Browne
Pedal Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
Background VocalsDoug Haywood


3 Colors Of The Sun

BassDoug Haywood
DrumsGary Mallaber
Acoustic GuitarDavid Lindley
OrganSpooner Oldham
PianoJackson Browne
Background VocalsDon Henley


4 I Thought I Was A Child

BassDoug Haywood
DrumsJim Keltner
Acoustic GuitarDavid Lindley
PianoBill Payne


5 These Days

BassDoug Haywood
DrumsJim Keltner
Acoustic GuitarJackson Browne
Slide GuitarDavid Lindley
PianoDavid Paich
Background VocalsDoug Haywood


6 Redneck Friend

BassDoug Haywood
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarJackson Browne
Slide GuitarDavid Lindley
PianoElton John
Background VocalsGlenn Frey


7 The Times You’ve Come

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
Acoustic GuitarDavid Lindley
Acoustic GuitarJackson Browne
Background VocalsBonnie Raitt


8 Ready Or Not

BassDoug Haywood
DrumsJim Keltner
PianoJackson Browne
FiddleDavid Lindley
Background VocalsDoug Haywood


9 Sing My Songs To Me

BassWilton Felder
DrumsGary Mallaber
GuitarDavid Lindley
OrganMike Utley
PianoJoni Mitchell
PianoJackson Browne


10 For Everyman

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDavid Lindley
Acoustic GuitarDavid Lindley
Acoustic GuitarJackson Browne
OrganMike Utley
PianoCraig Doerge
Background VocalsDavid Crosby

 

Liner Notes

Producer – Jackson Browne
Mixed By – Al Schmitt
Recorded By – Al Schmitt, John Haeny
Recorded By [Assisted By] – Kent Nebergall, Ric Tarantini

Art Direction, Design – Anthony Hudson
Photography By – Alan F. Blumenthal

Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Asylum Records
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Mixed At – Wally Heider Recording Studio, Los Angeles
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria