Going Home

January 01, 1970


(Eagle Vision)







Jackson Browne never seems to go out of style. The virtual
innovator of the West Coast singer/songwriter idiom, he’s survived long after
many of his offspring have been forgotten. Even when politics took hold off his
muse in seemingly unshakable ways, Browne’s music has retained its indelible
bonds – the heartbreak, the tragedy and the triumph all laid bare, and often
painfully so. Never mind the fact that 40 years have barely intruded on his boyish
good looks or that constant reminders of his legacy still linger – in archival
recordings, live sessions, books, constant touring and video documentaries like
Going Home. The latter resembles the
closest thing to a definitive bio, an exhaustive yet introspective glance into
Browne’s songwriting, his means of tapping into his inner soul and his various
musical associations. The narrative is spoken by the subject himself and those
who have been closest to him throughout his prodigious career – among them, the
ever faithful David Lindley, mentors David Crosby and Graham Nash, and at least
one individual who first benefited from his ample song stash, Don Henley.


Nearly two-dozen live performances and several candid,
behind the scene sequences form the soundtrack for this profound 90-minute
overview, with the concert footage sometimes splicing together footage from
various decades literally without missing a beat. One moment, we have the
baby-faced Browne, looking innocent and reserved in black and white photos
plucked from another era, and in the next frame, there’s today’s stoic
troubadour, channeling his past and shedding light on his idyllic origins. The
live shots are still riveting even now, and most, like an onstage appearance
with the Eagles in 1974, Browne and Lindley’s two man take on “Take It Easy,”
or clips from the all-star MUSE concerts, give the impression not of simply
looking longingly at the past, but of still basking joyfully in the present. Candid,
up close and personal, Going Home demonstrates the captivating essence of Browne’s songs, their ability to rouse
the senses and stir the spirit.


Ultimately, for anyone who loves music that’s melodic and
pure, Going Home is an inspiring
journey, and a touching tribute besides.


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