Jackson Browne “Lawyers In Love” 1983
The early 80’s were a rough time for a lot of heritage rockers, so it’s understandable that Jackson Browne’s entry into the MTV arena was marked by a stumble or two. But even if 1983’s Lawyers In Love is a bit of a mixed bag, with the non-singles ranging from OK to forgettable, it showed Browne lightening up slightly and rocking more freely, which was a necessary career correction after so many consecutive somber affairs. And, in the title song, he delivered one of the most stinging critiques of the era in a glistening pop-rock package.
In the intervening years since 1980’s Hold Out and the release of Lawyers in Love, Browne released the single “Somebody’s Baby” which became his biggest commercial hit to date. In the track “Downtown”, he ad-libs a line to the melody of the Petula Clark song of the same name at the end of the song.
Lawyers in Love was the first album without David Lindley appearing since his first release, Jackson Browne. Replacing Lindley with guitarists Rick Vito and Danny Kortchmargave this album a different sound.
Video: Jackson Browne “Lawyers In Love” (1983)
All tracks composed by Jackson Browne except where noted:
- “Lawyers in Love” – 4:18
- “On the Day” – 3:56
- “Cut It Away” – 4:45
- “Downtown” – 4:37
- “Tender Is the Night” (Jackson Browne, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel) – 4:50
- “Knock on Any Door” (Jackson Browne, Craig Doerge, Kortchmar) – 3:39
- “Say It Isn’t True” – 5:20
- “For a Rocker” – 4:05
- Jackson Browne – guitar, vocals
- Craig Doerge – pianos, synthesizers
- Bob Glaub – bass guitar, Hammond organ (on “Say It Isn’t True”), guitar (on “Lawyers in Love”)
- Doug Haywood – Hammond organ, backing vocals, bass guitar (on “Say It Isn’t True”)
- Danny Kortchmar – arrangements
- Russ Kunkel – drums
- Bill Payne – Hammond organ (on “On the Day”)
- Rick Vito – lead guitar, backing vocals