Hold Out is the sixth album by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). Although critically the album has not been as well received as other Browne recordings, it remains his only album to date to reach number 1 on the Billboard chart.
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|Released||June 24, 1980|
|Recorded||The Sound Factory and Record One (Los Angeles, CA); Autumn 1979 – Spring 1980|
|Producer||Jackson Browne, Greg Ladanyi|
|Jackson Browne chronology|
The song "Of Missing Persons" was written for Inara George, the daughter of Lowell George (formerly of the band Little Feat), a songwriting collaborator and longtime friend of Jackson Browne's who died a year prior to the release of Hold Out. The phrase "of missing persons" was derived from a line in a Little Feat song, "Long Distance Love".
|Robert Christgau||C+ |
Despite being Browne's only album to date to reach number 1 in the Billboard charts, it received poor critical reviews. Writing retrospectively for Allmusic, music critic William Rulhmann called some of the tracks awkward or foolish. He compared the album with earlier releases: "If Browne was still trying to write himself out of the cul-de-sac he had created for himself early on, Hold Out represented an earnest attempt that nevertheless fell short." Similarly, critic Robert Christgau wrote "Never hep to his jive, I'm less than shocked by the generalized sentimentality disillusioned admirers descry within these hallowed tracks, though the one about the late great Lowell George... is unusually rank."
All tracks composed by Browne except where noted:
- Jackson Browne – piano, guitar, lead vocals
- Rosemary Butler – background vocals
- Craig Doerge – piano, Hammond organ, string synthesizer, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer (3)
- Bob Glaub – bass guitar
- Doug Haywood – background vocals
- Danny Kortchmar – maracas (4)
- Russ Kunkel – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
- Joe Lala – percussion (1)
- David Lindley – electric guitar, lap steel guitar
- Rick Marotta – hi-hat (3), tom toms (3), drums (4)
- Bill Payne – Hammond organ (1, 2, 5, 6, 7), string synthesizer (7)
- Producers – Jackson Browne and Greg Ladanyi
- Production Assistance – Rusty Conway and Donald Miller
- Engineer – Greg Ladanyi
- Assistant Engineers – Brent Averill, Niko Bolas, James Ledner, Jim Nipar, Sergio Reyes, Karen Siegal and George Ybarra.
- Mixed by Buford Jones
- Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
- Album Cover – Dawn Patrol
- Design and Photography – Jimmy Wachtel
- Management – Peter Golden & Associates
Album - Billboard (North America)
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1980||"That Girl Could Sing"||Pop Singles||22|