episode date - January 25, 2012
“Paul Simon” and Jackson Browne's “Saturate Before Using”
For all intents and purposes, 1972 marked the year that the musical and social influences of the ‘60s were replaced by the sensibilities of the ‘70s.
Almost as if to prove that point, two singer songwriters made rather auspicious debuts in the very first month of 1972. Fading from style were bands attempting to make big statements with elaborate arrangements and psychedelic undertones. In their place was something musically subtle and distinctly personal in nature.
Paul Simon’s self-titled album was technically not a debut - he was already famous as the songwriting half of Simon and Garfunkel and had released a solo record even before that pairing, albeit with little recognition at the time (1964). His break from Garfunkel, though, signaled a change in his approach that by definition would be more direct and personal than his previous music.
Jackson Browne’s debut was even more directly personal, and was as definitive a statement as could be made about the changing sensibilities of the ‘70s.
The stylistic change was stark and obvious. Out of style were triple albums about giant crabs from outer space exerting mind control over the populace while a one blind boy shows us how to ‘see’ the way. In vogue instead were confessional songs about the emotional upheavals caused by the loss of youth, or death.
Songs featured include;
1) Duncan - Paul Simon (“Paul Simon”)
2) Everything Put Together Falls Apart - Paul Simon (“Paul Simon”)
3) Run That Body Down - Paul Simon (“Paul Simon”)
4) Peace Like a River - Paul Simon (“Paul Simon”)
5) Congratulations - Paul Simon (“Paul Simon”)
6) Jamaica Say You Will - Jackson Browne (“Saturate Before Using”)
7) Something Fine - Jackson Browne (“Saturate Before Using”)
8) Under the Falling Sky - Jackson Browne (“Saturate Before Using”)
9) Looking Into You - Jackson Browne (“Saturate Before Using”)
10) Rock Me on the Water - Jackson Browne (“Saturate Before Using”)
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