This week I picked up a couple of new records for my collection: Cosmo’s Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival (which I mention briefly in this post) and Jackson Browne’s self-titled debut album (sometimes referred to as Saturate Before Using, due to the phrase’s appearance on the album cover).
I’m currently going through a period of perfecting my current collection. For me, part of that process is getting rid of albums I don’t love or don’t listen to. The other part is buying the records I do really love when I find them, which is why I bought two new albums, while technically trying to downsize my nearly hundred-album collection.
As I mentioned in the End of Summer Playlist post, Cosmo’s Factory is a pretty recent discovery for me, but I love it now and couldn’t pass up this copy. I’m pretty sure it’s an original pressing, and it’s still in near-mint condition, aside from the slight cover wear. Jackson Browne I’ve actually owned for a long time. I purchased this copy, because the cover is in much nicer condition than the cover I’ve had ’til now. As the sixty-something fellow-collector who convinced me to buy this copy said, “It’s all about upgrading your collection.” I bought both of these at Antique Stores in Old Town Orange, which is a great place to go, if you want to spend hours digging through crates of records.
Jackson Browne (1972) is more acoustic overall than Jackson’s later albums, which makes it a great go-to album for times when I need mellow background music (this was the album I listened to when a professor let the class listen to music while writing our in-class essays). This album is actually a go-to in general, for me. When I don’t know what I feel like listening to, I put on Jackson Browne.
If I can convince you to listen to the album, please appreciate the fact that, as an incredibly poetic 24-year-old, Jackson wrote the entire album. He also wrote the music, and played piano and acoustic guitar for most of the album.
Although this is not usually the album that comes immediately to mind, when someone asks me what my favorite Jackson Browne album is (I usually say The Pretender), Jackson Browne does have some of my favorite songs. Not only does “Rock Me On The Water” have a special place in my heart, as the first song I heard Jackson play in concert, I also think it has some of his cleanest and prettiest vocals. “Looking Into You” is another favorite, especially recently because the lyric “Now I’m looking in my life for a truth that is my own” has resonated with me so much this year. I also love and recommend “Song For Adam” and “Jamaica Say You Will.”
Cosmo’s Factory is groovy as hell. One of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s later albums, it was released in 1970. The album runs from bluesy to folksy and from lighthearted to wistful, there are upbeat songs and breakup songs, some of it sounds like earlier ’50s rock and some of it sounds more like late ’60s rock, but it never feels disjointed. It’s a good example of the career CCR sound, which was the result of being influenced by a handful of musical movements.
I actually have a hard time writing about this album, because, as I listen to it, all I want to do is close my eyes and feel the music. My favorite song on the album, “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” was on the End of Summer Playlist. I mentioned “Long As I Can See The Light” in that post as well, but my other favorite is actually “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” which is worth the eleven minutes, in my opinion. “Ramble Tamble” is another favorite from the album, wait for the pause and the incredible instrumental interlude two minutes in.
So, there’s a look at what I bought this week feat. some photos taken on my iPhone. If you’re looking for something new to listen to, I would absolutely suggest both of these albums.