Jackson Browne, 'For Everyman' (1973)
Jackson Browne's second album somehow wasn't commercially or critically as successful as his first, despite featuring an all-star backing cast and two of his most enduring songs. Guests on For Everyman include David Crosby, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Eagles bandmates Don Henley and Glenn Frey, and Elton John, who played piano on "Red Neck Friend" under the pseudonym Rockaday Johnnie. Despite all that talent, the focus remains on Browne's plaintive vocals and the introspective Laurel Canyon vibe. Browne's precocious "These Days," which he wrote as a teenager, was originally recorded by Warhol and Velvet Underground cohort Nico for her 1967 debut Chelsea Girl, while For Everyman's lead track "Take It Easy," co-written with Frey, became a hit single for the Eagles in 1972.