Empty Glass

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pete Townshend was heading toward collapse as the '70s turned into the '80s. He had battled a number of personal demons throughout the '70s, but he started spiraling downward after Keith Moon's death, questioning more than ever why he did what he did and this is a songwriter who always asked questions. Signs of that crept out on Face Dances, but he saved a full-blown exploration of his psyche for Empty Glass, his first solo album since Who Came First, a vanity project released to little notice around Who's Next so limited in its distribution that Empty Glass seemed like his solo debut. Some of the songs on Empty Glass would have worked as Who songs, yet this is ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pete Townshend was heading toward collapse as the '70s turned into the '80s. He had battled a number of personal demons throughout the '70s, but he started spiraling downward after Keith Moon's death, questioning more than ever why he did what he did and this is a songwriter who always asked questions. Signs of that crept out on Face Dances, but he saved a full-blown exploration of his psyche for Empty Glass, his first solo album since Who Came First, a vanity project released to little notice around Who's Next so limited in its distribution that Empty Glass seemed like his solo debut. Some of the songs on Empty Glass would have worked as Who songs, yet this is clearly a singer/songwriter album, the work of a writer determined to lay his emotions bare, whether on the plaintive "I Am an Animal" or the blistering punk love letter "Rough Boys." Since this is Townshend, it can be a little artier than it needs to be, as on the pseudo-Gilbert & Sullivan chorus of "Keep on Working," but the joy of Empty Glass is that his writing is sharp, his performances lively, his gift for pop hooks as apparent as his wit. Though it runs out of steam toward the end, Empty Glass remains one of the highlights of Townshend's catalog and is one of the most revealing records he cut, next to his other breakdown album, The Who by Numbers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678281129
  • Catalog Number: 82811

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rough Boys (3:59)
  2. 2 I Am an Animal (3:46)
  3. 3 And I Moved (3:22)
  4. 4 Let My Love Open the Door (2:42)
  5. 5 Jools and Jim (2:35)
  6. 6 Keep on Working (3:22)
  7. 7 Cat's in the Cupboard (3:32)
  8. 8 A Little Is Enough (4:39)
  9. 9 Empty Glass (5:20)
  10. 10 Gonna Get Ya (6:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Townshend Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
James Asher Drums
Simon Phillips Drums
Mark Brzezicki Drums
Raphael Budd Horn
John "Rabbit" Bundrick Keyboards
Peter Hope-Evans Harmonica
Raphael Rudd Horn
Kenney Jones Drums
Tony Butler Bass
Technical Credits
Chris Thomas Audio Production
Bill Price Engineer
Raphael Rudd Arranger
Chris Thomas Producer
Bob Carlos Clarke Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As good as the Who at that time

    Somewhere I read that when 'Empty Glass' came out, the other members of the Who (most likely John Entwistle) lamented that Pete Townshend held the material on 'EG' for a solo album and not for the Who. Compared to the Who albums that followed 'EG', it's hard to blame them - then again the songs are more personal than most Who, and it's Pete T's finest moment as a solo artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Voice of Many

    This is possibly the best album of all time, let alone Pete Townshends best work. From the catchy ruggedness of ''Rough Boys,'' and the dark primal feelings of ''I am an Animal,'' to the gripping lyrics of ''Empty Glass'' and the joy in the seemingly pop sounding ''Let My Love Open the Door,'' Townshend has covered as broad of spectrum of emotions, thoughts and experiences than one could believe possible in just ten songs. Though works as ''Tommy'' and ''Who's Next'' marked him as a songwriter, artist and rock legend, this album shows him as he truly is, a voice of the generations.

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