jbrownrun#2 – Jackson Browne – “The Load Out/Stay” – (1977)

This is actually two songs. But they’re so commonly played as one that I’m including them as one. “Stay” is sometimes heard on it’s own, but no one ever plays “The Load Out” alone. The first part is a tribute to Browne’s fans and roadies. It’s basically about tearing the stage down after a show and the piano is hauntingly beautiful. It was recorded live in Maryland in ’77 but wasn’t released as a single with “Stay” – a cover of the Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs song from 1960. This is a long track, with the tempo not really picking up until well after the three minute mark. And the “Stay” part – no that’s not actually an aging Maurice Williams hitting those high notes, its Browne band member David Lindley (and Rosemary Butler is the female voice).

Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne – “You’re a Friend of Mine” – (1985)

I guess if part of song being “very 80s” is a raging saxophone, then Clarence Clemons is your man. Clemons – who you might not know by name – you definitely know by his performance. Until his death in 2011, he was the saxophone player in the E. Street Band, backing Bruce Springsteen since 1972. This was Clemons’ only solo hit and his association with The Boss didn’t hurt sales figures. Jackson Browne is guest musician and vocalist here – and his then-girlfriend Daryl Hannah also provided backing vocals. Weird.