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Jackson Browne – Coming Home (1994/Eagle DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Documentary: C+



Of all the singer/songwriters of the 1970s, Jackson Browne has been the critical darling with only a few hit songs and no clear picture of exactly what his legacy in Rock or the counterculture is or was.  Scandal free and always supporting good causes, he had not had a hit in years when he decided to do a special called Coming Home (1994) which became a cable TV event that helped The Disney Channel (at the time, anyhow) be more than a “kids” network.


James Engel directed the special which combines concert footage from his tour of the time with backstage moments that also include music performances, but there was always something about this special that never rang true.  Running 90 minutes, Browne nearly two dozen songs, including hits Doctor My Eyes, Running On Empty and an odd impromptu collaborative You Can Get It If You Really Want It from the film The Harder They Come.  A half-hearted group effort with additional musicians besides his, it epitomizes how awkward and unconvincing this whole project is.


Browne was against all the bad things (pollution, violence, hate) and for all the good things (liberty, progress, peace) many musicians were at the time, but despite his endurance as a performer, very little ever stuck with me and even the public on his work and this special actually seems to end his classical period as a performer.  Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jennifer Warens, Don Henley and The Eagles show up and that helps, but the special was a disappointment hen and does not hold up very well now.  For fans only, it is mostly a curio.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on what looks like film, but is finished on analog videotape, which is typical of productions of the time so detail is an issue.  The DTS 5.1 mix is better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes, but not by much as the audio offered is only so good here and likely from an older finished source as well, but is not bad otherwise considering the age of the show and how it became a cable special.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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