Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1

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Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1
Live album by Jackson Browne
Released October 11, 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Folk rock, folk, singer-songwriter
Length 70:36
Label Inside
Producer Jackson Browne, Paul Dieter
Jackson Browne chronology
The Very Best of Jackson Browne
(2004)
Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1
(2005)
Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2
(2008)

Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 is a live album by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 2005 (see 2005 in music). It reached number 4 on the Top Independent Albums chart and number 8 on the Top Internet Albums chart.

History[edit]

Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 was Browne's first live release since 1977's landmark Running on Empty. The performances were recorded at various locations in the United States and Europe during Browne's 2004 solo acoustic tour. The live version of "Lives in the Balance" from the album was released as a promotional single.[1]

"The Birds of St. Marks" was originally written in 1970 and sometimes played in live performances, but was not released on any recordings until this release. "The Rebel Jesus" is a bonus track on Australian and Japanese versions, and on special edition CDs bought in the U.S. at Best Buy.

At 48th Grammy Awards Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [3]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Thom Jurek felt the spoken introductions were unnecessary, but called the album "...a fine and necessary addition to Browne's catalog." He also wrote: "The music here speaks for itself... his gift as a songwriter is enigmatic, unassailable, and singular."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jackson Browne, except where noted.

  1. "The Barricades of Heaven" – 6:00 (Browne, Jeff Young, Kevin McCormick, Scott Thurston, Mark Goldenberg, Mauricio Lewak, Luis Conte)
  2. "These Days" – 3:39
  3. "The Birds of St. Marks" – 4:47
  4. "Fountain of Sorrow" – 7:05
  5. "Your Bright Baby Blues" – 6:12
  6. "For a Dancer" – 4:48
  7. "Too Many Angels" – 5:08
  8. "For Everyman" – 4:37
  9. "Lives in the Balance" – 3:38
  10. "Looking East" – 5:42 (Browne, Scott Thurston, Mauricio Lewak, Luis Conte, Jeff Young, Kevin McCormick, Mark Goldenberg)
  11. "The Pretender" – 6:40
  12. "Take It Easy" – 4:09 (Browne, Glenn Frey)
  13. "The Rebel Jesus" (Bonus track)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2005 Top Independent Albums 4
2005 Top Internet Albums 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paris, Russ. JACKSON BROWNE COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY.
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 > Review (968). Rolling Stone. 2005. p. 90.