Looking East

Looking East

by Jackson Browne


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Jackson Browne begins his most Los Angeles-oriented album standing in the Pacific Ocean "Looking East" across the country and, as usual, doing so without much approval, but with a persistent hope. After reflecting on his youth in "The Barricades of Heaven," he compares the rich and poor in "Some Bridges" and takes time out to watch a little television in "Information Wars," before considering romance in "I'm the Cat," "Culver Moon," and "Baby How Long" and childhood in "Nino." He then decides he would like to be "Alive in the World," as opposed to inside his head or "behind some wall," and declares of that world, "It Is One." Thus, listeners are taken on another of Jackson Browne's tours, which manages to travel to outer and inner space without leaving the county of Los Angeles. After 24 years of record-making, he remains puzzled by the same personal and philosophical issues, and he approaches them in the same way, alternately hopeful and pessimistic, but more often than not ending up determined to persevere. He now uses fewer words, such that the songs sometimes seem no more than sketches, and he continues to set them to loping rock rhythms played against slabs of ringing guitar with traces of world music. Here, he co-credits eight of the ten songs to his backup musicians, yet the haunting, long-line melodies remain familiar from his earlier work. But then, Looking East is a highly referential work from an artist who started where most end and has been earnestly seeking the right direction ever since. Looking East finds him in his own backyard, still searching.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/1996
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596186728
catalogNumber: 61867

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Performance Credits

Jackson Browne   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Ry Cooder   Slide Guitar
David Lindley   Lap Steel Guitar
Bonnie Raitt   Vocal Harmony
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Vonda Shepard   Vocal Harmony
Severin Browne   Vocal Harmony
Jorge Calderon   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Valerie Carter   Vocal Harmony
Renee Geyer   Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Beth Andersen   Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Hammond Organ
Suzie Benson   Background Vocals
Harry Bowens   Vocal Harmony
Mark Campbell   Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
David Crosby   Vocal Harmony
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Oud
William "Bill" Greene   Vocal Harmony
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Kipp Lennon   Background Vocals
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak   Drums
Kevin McCormick   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocal Harmony
Sally Stevens   Background Vocals
Scott Thurston   Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Mark Vieha   Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Jeffrey Young   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Katia Cardenal   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Art Direction
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Kevin McCormick   Producer
Doug Sax   Contributor
Scott Thurston   Producer,Contributor
Mark Vieha   Vocal Arrangements

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