The Byrds

Jamaica, Say You Will

Composed by Jackson Browne

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A very early Jackson Browne composition (one of his first to be recorded), "Jamaica Say You Will" contains many of Browne's musical motifs -- a folky, soulful quality is immediately apparent -- that would surface on his solo material. A love song with an aching, searching quality, the song has a true California pop/folk quality, and it's not surprising that the Byrds would record it. A great vocal and arrangement from Clarence White, this recording is distinctive for the fact that White and the band took great pains to cut it correctly and with proper production, especially in comparison to many of the other over-baked songs on Byrdmaniax. Although the band wasn't happy with producer Terry Melcher's decision to add strings and horns to the track, it has aged quite well. Also available on Brown's self-titled debut album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Byrdmaniax 1971 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:36
No Image 1973 CBS Records
Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 2008 Sundazed 3:33
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 3:36
Original Album Classics [2012] 2012 Columbia / Sony Music
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