Late for the Sky is the third album by American singer–songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1974. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975. It peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. Browne was still living in his childhood home, The Abbey San Encino, where he began writing the songs for his third album. Because of the high costs of recording his previous album, Asylum Records founder David Geffen required him to complete this next album quicker and at less cost
Late for the Sky, Jackson Browne's third Asylum album, is his most mature, conceptually unified work to date. Its overriding theme: the exploration of romantic possibility in the shadow of apocalypse. No contemporary male singer/songwriter has dealt so honestly and deeply with the vulnerability of romantic idealism and the pain of adjustment from youthful narcissism to adult survival as Browne has in this album. Late for the Sky is the autobiography of his young manhood.
His third album, and arguably his finest, Late for the Sky continues Browne's sincere self-analysis into positively grim territory. The title track concerns the lingering effects of a dead relationship and was featured in Martin Scorcese's film Taxi Driver. While "For a Dancer" confronts death head-on, "Farther On" explains the difficulties faced by us dorks who live life through books, films, or music; and "Before the Deluge" forecasts environmental gloom and doom. Personally, I think this album helps to solidify Jackson Browne as one of the greatest solo artists of all time. Late For The Sky" is not the commercial success of the other Jackson Browne albums so it's flown under the radar of all but the truly faithful for many years. This newly remastered version is a must-have for Jackson Browne fans new and old.
Jackson Browne was only 25 years old when he recorded his third album, Late for the Sky, in 1974. But he wrote like someone who had lived through several decades of heartache and sorrow. And he sang like someone who had the end of the world in his rear-view mirror and a wide open road in front of him. None of this was new to Browne, whose self-titled debut album two years earlier skimmed similar themes.
Late for the Sky (1974) consolidated Browne's fan base, and the album peaked at on the Billboard album chart, the 84th-best-selling album of 1974. Browne's work began to demonstrate a reputation for memorable melody, insightful, often very personal lyrics, and a talent for his arrangements in composition. It featured a Magritte-inspired cover. Highlights included the title song, the elegiac "For a Dancer", "Before the Deluge", and "Fountain of Sorrow".
Jackson Browne, ‘Late for the Sky’. There's an undercurrent of dread on Late for the Sky, from "Before the Deluge" to "For a Dancer" – not to mention a lot of obvious songwriting genius. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen called Paul Kantner's revolutionary cheerleading "naive," but that didn't prevent the band from delivering this album with sweeping fervor. Also here: the gorgeous "Wooden Ships" and "Eskimo Blue Day," where Grace Slick sings, "The human name doesn't mean shit to a tree.
Rhythm Guitar – Jackson Browne (tracks: D1). Slide Guitar – David Lindley (tracks: A1 to B4, C5, D1), Jackson Browne (tracks: B1). 메모. Compilation gatefold cover; 2 x LPs labelled "DOUBLE DYNAMITE" includes 2 complete LPs and artwork on matt gatefold cover for 1. Late for The Sky 2. For Everyman Front and Back cover feature the graphic: "2 ORIGINALS O. .Plain white inner sleeves. Very similar to this other South African release but that release carries different Cover graphics as well as different Label design and Runout data.
|A1||Late For The Sky|
|A2||Fountain Of Sorrow|
|A4||The Late Show|
|B1||The Road And The Sky|
|B2||For A Dancer|
|B4||Before The Deluge|
- Producer – Al Schmitt, Jackson Browne
- Written-By – Jackson Browne (tracks: A1, A2, A3, A4,B1, B2, B3, B4)
Notes(p)(c) 1974 Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records.
Distributed By WEA Music of Canada LTD.
Foldout J-card with credits.
Listed as re-issue since the first barcode wasn't used until 1974 and Dolby HX Pro not until after 1981.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 0 7559-60598-4 8
|7E-1017||Jackson Browne||Late For The Sky (LP, Album, CTH)||Asylum Records||7E-1017||US||1974|
|243 007, 7559-60323-2||Jackson Browne||Late For The Sky (CD, Album, RE, RP)||Asylum Records, Asylum Records||243 007, 7559-60323-2||Europe||Unknown|
|7559-60323-2, 243 007||Jackson Browne||Late For The Sky (CD, Album, RM, Jew)||Asylum Records, Asylum Records||7559-60323-2, 243 007||Europe||2003|
|7E-1017||Jackson Browne||Late For The Sky (LP, Album)||Asylum Records||7E-1017||US||1974|
|GZS-1036||Jackson Browne||Late For The Sky (CD, Album, Ltd, RM, Gol)||DCC Compact Classics||GZS-1036||US||1993|