10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Also known as Saturate Before Using, Jackson Browne is a cornerstone of the Southern California singer/songwriter scene of the early ‘70s. Browne had lurked for years, writing songs covered by Nico and Tom Rush, before recording this classic album of enduring tunes. “Jamaica Say You Will” is virtually indestructible, a sweet lullaby to a young dreamer finding his way in the world. “Song for Adam” recounts the shocking death of a young friend whom Browne had met while traveling. The brilliance in Browne’s lyrics is matched by an economy of melody that’s focused and stirring. “Doctor My Eyes” and “Rock Me on the Water” are the rockers here, and they do so with soothing taste, a perfect bridge between ‘60s folk singers and ‘70s soft rockers. These songs have a loneliness that’s evoked by Browne’s sincerity and his honesty in describing what he’s seen. Few songwriters are capable of unflinching portraits like “A Child in These Hills,” “From Silver Lake,” “Something Fine,” and “Looking Into You.” Essential.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Also known as Saturate Before Using, Jackson Browne is a cornerstone of the Southern California singer/songwriter scene of the early ‘70s. Browne had lurked for years, writing songs covered by Nico and Tom Rush, before recording this classic album of enduring tunes. “Jamaica Say You Will” is virtually indestructible, a sweet lullaby to a young dreamer finding his way in the world. “Song for Adam” recounts the shocking death of a young friend whom Browne had met while traveling. The brilliance in Browne’s lyrics is matched by an economy of melody that’s focused and stirring. “Doctor My Eyes” and “Rock Me on the Water” are the rockers here, and they do so with soothing taste, a perfect bridge between ‘60s folk singers and ‘70s soft rockers. These songs have a loneliness that’s evoked by Browne’s sincerity and his honesty in describing what he’s seen. Few songwriters are capable of unflinching portraits like “A Child in These Hills,” “From Silver Lake,” “Something Fine,” and “Looking Into You.” Essential.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
91 Ratings
91 Ratings
BwanaEast ,

A TASTE OF SOMETHING FINE

It's almost impossible to believe that Jackson was 23 years old when this record was released, which more than likely means that some of these brillant, wise and poignant songs were written when he was in his late teens. While Late For The Sky is considered by many to be his masterpeice, his debut is astonishing. Jamaica is one of his loveliest songs, Doctor My Eyes is an amazing track (featuring Jesse Ed Davis on a miraculous one-take guitar solo) that still sounds great on the radio 35 years later, and Something Fine (featuring a beautiful harmony vocal by David Crosby) is one of Jackson's finest moments as a writer and performer. The great songwriter Jimmy Webb has named My Opening Farewell as one of his favorite songs which pretty much seals the deal on this one. Buy it.

novice snob ,

A Classic Debut

While it isn't his best work Browne certainly hit the ground running. That Browne didn't rush recording his first record is quite evident. Many of the themes Browne is most known for is here from the beginning, albeit in the naivete and desperate urgency of youth. I think the rest of his 70s output is stronger, but standouts like "Song For Adam" and "Rock Me On The Water" leave know doubt that a master singer-songwriter had arrived back in 1972. Most worthy of a full download, like nearly every JB album.

#@$)(*&^% ,

actually....

Actually the album is not named Saturate Before Using. The cover is of a water bag and on these bags are the words Saturate before using. There was discussion about this when the album cover was drawn up and they decided to go with it thinking that people wouldn`t call it that--but they were wrong and the album has become known as such.Even the CD has that as the name of the album as the confusion continues today. Great album---Great artist-- 5 stars

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