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**PLEASE READ!!** 1976 US Release. 7E-1079. Vinyl is in very good condition with some light surface scratches. Includes original inner lyric sleeve in good condition, some seam splitting, but no folds/creasing. Jacket shows normal shelf wear along edges, no split seams. Comes in clear protective poly sleeve. (Loc: 6)
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bob dismas
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Remastered? Not this Pretender ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
Listed as a remastered import on Amazon, this cd came as a very big disappointment. Import, yes; remastered, no way. One of the great albums of the ''70s, musically, is a five star release. Being hoodwinked into re-buying it by claiming it''s a remaster when it''s not,... See more
Listed as a remastered import on Amazon, this cd came as a very big disappointment. Import, yes; remastered, no way. One of the great albums of the ''70s, musically, is a five star release. Being hoodwinked into re-buying it by claiming it''s a remaster when it''s not, well, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice ...
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Jay W. Ensley
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
"When the morning light comes shining in, we''ll do it again. Amen"
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2015
For most of the past 50 years Jackson Browne is, has been and likely will always be my favorite singer/songwriter. I won''t demand that you, your friends or anyone agree with me, but I will demand that you allow me to appreciate Browne, believe that at his peak, he was the... See more
For most of the past 50 years Jackson Browne is, has been and likely will always be my favorite singer/songwriter. I won''t demand that you, your friends or anyone agree with me, but I will demand that you allow me to appreciate Browne, believe that at his peak, he was the most eloquent, literate, insightful song-poet of his age. An age that included Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Springsteen...do you understand? From the bounty of poets who created melodies that matched their exquisitely expressed thoughts, again and again, Jackson Browne hit the sweet spot for me.

"In the end there is one dance you''ll do alone."

Put that on my tombstone.

"The Pretender" is the second album of the sequence I regard as Jackson Browne''s Hall of Fame trilogy. Linking "Late For the Sky"''s horrifically frank honesty to "Running On Empty"''s rendition of "Stay," "The Pretender" is, for me, the most beautiful, poignant, expressive collection of songs I believe I will ever listen to.

And thanks to this CD, I will be able to hear "The Pretender" perfectly whenever I want.

Shipped promptly and packaged securely, I am, as always, 100% satisfied with Amazon.com''s service.

"Through every dead and living thing, time runs like a fuse...
and the fuse is burning."--Jackson Browne "The Fuse"
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BKW
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Still great after all these years and also available for streaming.
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2016
We recently started buying CDs of our favorite albums from the 1970s and 1980s. We import them into iTunes, then export them as high quality audio onto a thumb drive we carry in the car for road trips. A real bonus when you buy certain CDs from Amazon is that you can them... See more
We recently started buying CDs of our favorite albums from the 1970s and 1980s. We import them into iTunes, then export them as high quality audio onto a thumb drive we carry in the car for road trips. A real bonus when you buy certain CDs from Amazon is that you can them stream them from your Amazon music account. Jackson Browne is still great after all these years, and it was great to bring this music back into our collection.
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Flat LanderTop Contributor: Photography
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Old Favorite
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
I''ve been listening and being inspired by this album since the 1970''s, and listened recently to a very warped record. I wanted to play it on my car stereo and bought the digital version. It is an excellent version that continues to inspire me as I drive.
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P. Higginbotham
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Make way for the Pretender
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2015
Up until I heard this album I hated Jackson Browne''s music. With art your reaction to it can be a matter of timing, and where are you in your life can dictate your response to a song. I guess I really didn''t get Browne until I hit middle age. His songs on this album are so... See more
Up until I heard this album I hated Jackson Browne''s music. With art your reaction to it can be a matter of timing, and where are you in your life can dictate your response to a song. I guess I really didn''t get Browne until I hit middle age. His songs on this album are so full of pathos and an almost resignation about what life really is. It blew me away.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Masterpiece Written under the worst of times for Browne
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2003
His wife kills herself leaving him a son. Not exactly material for an uplifting album in an era (1976) that is right of the beginning of the disco generation. Instead, Brown pores his sorrow into a masterpiece. Those of who listened to Browne in high school and are now... See more
His wife kills herself leaving him a son. Not exactly material for an uplifting album in an era (1976) that is right of the beginning of the disco generation.
Instead, Brown pores his sorrow into a masterpiece. Those of who listened to Browne in high school and are now middle age Grandparents (like myself) hark back to the song the Pretender everyday as a description of our lives. Here Come Those Tears again was his point in life and a great song. The Fuse, which often gets overlooked these days, is a great combination of haunting music and Browne wanting to make a statement on the state of the world at that time. I happened to see the first night of the Pretender Tour in Cincinnati and the audience was confused by the Fuse at first listen. A few months later in Lexington, it was one of the favorites. It is a sound that grows on you.
If you have an IQ above triple digits and the ability to be intropective, buy this album. ...
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RM
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great, Great album
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
Updating one of my favorites. I originally bought this when it came out on vinyl. Wore it out. Now I have something to carry around in my truck.
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James H.
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The SELLER is a PRETENDER
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
No way this CD remastered. I own the analog version and this CD is clearly identical to the one I own. Also every CD that''s remastered is advertised with a sticker, saying ''remastered". Why would anyone want to deceive a BUYER and ruin their reputation on a ten... See more
No way this CD remastered. I own the analog version and this CD is clearly identical to the one I own. Also
every CD that''s remastered is advertised with a sticker, saying ''remastered". Why would anyone want to deceive a BUYER and ruin their reputation on a ten dollar item ? Now we will see if the SELLER replies.
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MusicalMan
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
"Let dissapointment pass, let laughter fill your glass, let your illusions last - until they shatter..."
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 10, 2018
Much is written about the success of a song, album or artist. Jackson Browne is certainly an artist who has had a lot written about him and enjoyed a lot of success over decades, with a strong body of work that has reached people at a world-wide level, that has sold in the...See more
Much is written about the success of a song, album or artist. Jackson Browne is certainly an artist who has had a lot written about him and enjoyed a lot of success over decades, with a strong body of work that has reached people at a world-wide level, that has sold in the millions. However, forgetting that (however impressive) the true assessment of his material, most certainly on this album, lies in the quality of the songs and their lyrical content. The front cover really sums up the essence of the album. Indeed, it is  an album full of songs where doubt,  fear, stress and depression meet positivity and hope for a better world. The front cover shows Browne crossing a road, surrounded by many other people in the same boat,  seemingly unaware of each other. Yet the "walk" sign is flashing, meaning they are free to carry on their journey having had to wait for the traffic to clear. Whether this was the full intention when chosen for the cover  I do not know, but it is very suitable for the songs contents. Also work noting is the back sleeve features a photo of a small child on a beach, without a care in the world. Deliberate or not, this too is suitable for the message of the albums songs. The first song "The Fuse" also has a very suitable opening with the first lyrics being "It''s coming from so far away, it''s hard to say for sure, if what I  hear is music, or the wind through an open door..." and  with that opening line, the albums lyrics begin to tell a story of life, that many of us (if not all) can relate to & an album many of us will feel a strong personal connection too in our own way based on experiences we have had in life. "The fuse" covers a lot of ground. Using an example of a actual fuse to describe time and the events throughout time, at both the level of an individuals personal life & society in general ("the fuse is burning, the earth is turning"). Personal struggles, disappointments, taking chances, poverty and world hunger, are just a few of the issues addressed in the song, and as a result comments on a high level to people in general. The next track "Your Bright Baby Blues" has a more personal feel to the listener, but is certainly no less meaningful than it''s predecessor. The song opens with the singer sitting by the highway watching everyone travel as fast as they can, saying "I guess they got a lot to do" before hoping God can "let him slide" as he has travelled the highway fast himself many times but can never get away from himself, proclaiming he is constantly hoping he is "just a day a way, from where I wanna be". The singer feels unable to escape his hurt, pain, problems and for "that feeling of peace" turns to comfort, though ultimately what is comforting him is doing him no good in the long run (pills of drugs in this song, though this could be any form really, be it drinking, smoking, comfort eating, or anything else).  The lyrics continue "I felt like I  was flying like a bird, so far above my sorrows, but when I looked down I was standing on my knees... now I need someone to help me, please." His pleas for help to someone continue until the songs end. The third track "Linda Paloma" turns out to be my least favourite track on the album. I know I am not alone in this. I also know many love it. Personally, I think it is a good song, but just not up there with the rest of this album. Put it elsewhere, and it would probably work better. Indeed its tale of lost love is one that many can connect with, but nothing that hasn''t been done before by a hundred other artists. You can not say that about the other tracks on this album. The fourth cut "Here Come Those Tears Again", while along a similar line, takes the ante back up to the first two cuts (and is continued for the remainder of this album). However, what makes this song different is that while this could be about a love affair, it could also be applied to relationships with a spouse or close friend. The singer feels he is just getting over his hurt and pain, but then when he thinks he is over the worst, he suddenly finds himself back to square one, hurt, disappointed and depressed about the failure of the relationship in question. The lyrics confirm "some other time... when I''m strong and feeling fine... when I can look at you without crying, you might look like a friend of mine" but for now he can not feel able to re-open his heart to the person who broke it into pieces. The 5th track on the CD (or for those vinyl and cassette listeners, track 1 on side 2) is another great song called "The Only Child" which tackles greed, selfishness, mistakes, compassion and forgiveness (for yourself, as well as others). The song pleads its listener to take care of their mother, brother and each other. However, it does not make light of anyone''s let downs, proclaiming "There are those who feel themselves exiled, on who the fortune has never smiled, and upon whose lives the heartaches have been piled." Ultimately, the song tells us to take care of each other the very best we can, and to hold on to those who love us.     Next is "Daddy''s Tune" and what a tune! The singer starts talking to his father, recalling his know-it-all youth and refusal to take his fathers advice seriously, instead listening to the words of his just as immature peers back in the day. The singer goes on to admit to his Dad "the things you said are so much clearer now". Wishing he could turn back time, though it is obvious such a desire can never be granted. I love the line "Make room for my 45s, along beside your 78s..." this would sound a little dated to todays audiences, but not for the next line "nothing survives, but the way we live our lives" which means the reference before it actually  hits the nail on the head even more decades after the songs composition (jokingly, I will often sing "make room for my MP3''s, along beside your CD''s" if I am singing along to this). Sleeps Dark & Silent Gate" is a true gem. It opens with the singer laying awake at night, wondering where all the years he has ahead will take him. We then go though on a journey of love gone wrong, friends lost and countless disappointments. The singer states he tried so hard to make his love work out and questions what does love have to do with being happy, reflecting the times he and his loved one were happiest were the times they never tried to be. The song ends full circle, years later, laying awake in bed, with the singer wondering where all the years have gone. The final cut is the title track "The Pretender" one of the albums longest cuts, clocking in at about six minutes. The song opens with the singer getting up, getting ready, packing his lunch and going to work, before returning home ready to do it again tomorrow. Again lost love comes into the picture, as does the now longing for a true lasting love and "the struggle for the legal tender".  When I was a small child, I used to think he was literally referring to former soldiers when he sang about "the veterans dreaming of the fight, fast asleep at the traffic light..." Now, of course, I know  it is  symbolic, and it could be referring to any one of us, traveling home from our job, about our own struggles with love, life, money, careers, and other personal issues. The song concludes the pretender (anyone of us) accepts his dreams have likely begun and ended, and the ship bearing many of these dreams "sails out of sight". However, the pretender has not given up and will be "a happy idiot" and continue to live life the best he (or she) can. The song ends asking us to say a prayer for the pretender (ourselves). Yes, this album has a lot of dark moments. It can be a very emotional album to listen to, and will certainly remind many (as it does me) of our misfortunes, mistakes, disappointments and times we wished or should have known better. Yet, in spite of all this, there is still a strong undercurrent of positivity on this album that comes to the fore by its conclusion. It is an album I for one (and I am sure many others) will continue to love and return too forevermore.
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Mr. Pj Martin
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
If you liked it then you''ll love it now
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2016
I was introduced to Jackson Browne''s music when a visting a friend in California in 1978 and have loved the man and his music ever since. I had already added a CD version to its vinyl twin several years earlier, but after I heard the remastered hi-resolution version of the...See more
I was introduced to Jackson Browne''s music when a visting a friend in California in 1978 and have loved the man and his music ever since. I had already added a CD version to its vinyl twin several years earlier, but after I heard the remastered hi-resolution version of the equally great "Late for the Sky", the improvement was notable. Remastering can sometimes appear to be about "loudness", but it should be about clarity, detail, subtlety - and stereo separation. When it is done well - as here - it is like seeing the face of a friend who has had a great holiday. I was almost put-off by the description "International Release" which could cover a multitude of sins. The packaging is also very similar to the original CD and not very informative, but this is indeed an improved rendition. My rule of thumb is that any CD issued before the mid-1980s often used the "master" created for the vinyl release due to a) ignorance and b) record-company greed. No disappointments on this occasion. These are great songs by one of the half-century''s best singer-songwriters. By the way, the young, fresh voice of Browne as offered on early albums such as this one compare interestingly with his 2010 "Love is Strange" live album where he once again accompanied by the superb David ("if it has strings he can play it") Lindley. If you want to see how well good songs hold up to being performed by two old geezers 30+ years later, try it - wonderful.What Browne has lost (not much) in tone he has gained in subtlety of interpretation. PS Vinyl is rarely if ever superior to a good diigital recording played through appropriate equipment.
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Jon Plowman
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Browne at his best - as ever
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2021
A great album from a great singer / songwriter
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ian hill
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2016
Unsurpassable..... buy it !!!!!
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jdb
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A CD version of an early album
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 10, 2013
A very good condition ''used'' CD at a very good, low, cost. A CD version of an early, ''famous'', Jackson Browne album of tracks that established him as one of the best singer-songwriters of his era; supported by a group of top musicians.
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