Lives in the Balance

Lives in the Balance

by Jackson BrowneJackson Browne


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Usually among the most introspective of songwriters, Jackson Browne cast his gaze on the world outside on Lives in the Balance and did not like what he saw. Beginning with "For America," he lamented his previous indifference to social issues -- "I went on speaking of the future/While other people fought and bled" -- but immediately tried to make up for lost time. The album's context, of course, was five years of Ronald Reagan's presidency, with what the Left saw as an indifference to the plight of the poor at home and a dangerously aggressive policy against insurgent movements in the Central American countries of El Salvador and Nicaragua that they feared would lead to a Vietnam-like war. Without naming those places, Browne wrote and sang passionately against poverty in the songs "Soldier of Plenty" and "Lawless Avenues" and against war in "For America," "Lives in the Balance," and "Till I Go Down." Elsewhere, his more familiar themes of romantic ("In the Shape of a Heart") and philosophical ("Black and White") disillusionment also made appearances.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Asylum Records
UPC: 0075596045728
catalogNumber: 60457
Rank: 29210

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackson Browne   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocoder,Vocal Harmony
David Lindley   Guitar,Violin,Steel Guitar
Bonnie Raitt   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Jorge Calderon   Bass,Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Ian McLagan   Organ,Keyboards
Gary Myrick   Guitar
Rick Vito   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Phil Chen   Bass
Jennifer Condos   Bass
Quique Cruz   Percussion,Zampona
Walfredo Reyes   Conductor,Conga,Drums
Debra Dobkin   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Craig Doerge   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Kevin Dukes   Guitar
Bob Glaub   Bass
Doug Haywood   Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Jon Douglas Haywood   Bass,Vocals
Phil Kenzie   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Percussion
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Bernie Larsen   Organ,Guitar,Clavinet
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Stan Lynch   Drums
Kevin McCormick   Guitar,Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Bill Payne   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Hugo Pebruza   Percussion
Mindy Sterling   Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Harmony
Jorge Strunz   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Ian Wallace   Drums
Kai Winding   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Jai Winding   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Hugo Pedroza   Charango,tiple

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Composer,Producer,Sequencers
James Geddes   Engineer
Danny Kortchmar   Sequencers
Jimmy Wachtel   Art Direction
Dawn Patrol   Art Direction

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