" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

November 3, 2022

Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using) Turns 50 in the Year of the Water Tiger?πŸŒŠπŸ…πŸ―

I had not heard of the title of Jackson Browne's debut album being mistakenly known as 'Saturate Before Using' until this morning when reading Jimmy Barnes' book 'Working Class Man' where he mentions the album being smashed over the head of a housemate who wouldn't stop playing the record by Jimmy's older brother Swanie.
Then John (Swanie) kicked the record player across the room and was soon kicked out of the band himself.
So that was a black Swanie event in the history of Cold Chisel I guess:-)
I saw Jackson play at Bluesfest in 2016 and have written a few posts about him over the years, but I never really knew much about his first album that turns 50 years old in 2022, the Year of the Water Tiger.
And the Cold Chisel album 'Circus Animals' turned 40 in 2022, too.
Easter Sunday at Bluesfest 2016
Jackson Browne (also known, mistakenly, as Saturate Before Using)
I found it amusing that a bloke named David Campbell played viola on this album, as Jimmy's oldest boy has the name David Campbell, as well ... and he will turn 50 next year, in 2023, the Year of the Water Rabbit:-)
"The album is often mistakenly called Saturate Before Using, because the words appear on the album cover, which was designed to look like a water bag that would require saturation in water in order to cool its contents by evaporation. For this very reason, Asylum Records executives suggested to no avail that the words be removed from the album cover and nearly rejected the cover art outright. However, the initial pressings not only included the text, but the cover carried a burlap-like feel to further the water bag theme.
The confusion over the title returned when the album was converted to CD format, when the words appeared on the spine of the jewel case as the album title.
Browne told the story of the cover's creation and spoke of the title's confusion in an interview with the album designer Gary Burden for his 2002 DVD Under The Covers: "I remember being on the phone with Gary... talking about what the album cover should be, and I happened to be in a room that had a water bag on the wall. It was just one of the things that I collected driving around on trips and stuff. And I was looking at this bag as he was saying 'what do you think it ought to be?' I was thinking, 'well, it could be a water bag.' ... it said 'saturate before using' on the front ... 'You know, Gary, on mine, it says this on the back.' And you said, well, so?' And 'if you put it on the front, people are going to think that's the title.' And you said, 'don't be ridiculous. Who would think that was the title?' I said, 'Yeah, you're right.' So, not only does everyone think that's the title of that album, but my record company thinks that's the title of the album.""
And considering how Jimmy writes about their truck from Adelaide breaking down and having to be towed back to a Penrith garage to be fixed.
 And seeing Jimmy singing before the 2022 NRL grand final, I guess I've picked the right year to read Jimmy's 'Working Class Man'?-)
Man-eater Killed in the Year of the Tiger?πŸ…
Jimmy also writes in the book about Cold Chisel'EP being inspired by the now late Jerry Lee Lewis' third marriage to a cousin -
RIP Jerry Lee Lewis?🐯

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