Jackson Browne - Running On Empty (Remastered)
Rhino / Wea  (2002)
Male Vocal, Rock

In Collection
CD  41:57
12 tracks
Running On Empty  (41:57)
01 Running On Empty             05:00
02 The Road             04:50
03 Rosie             03:36
04 You Love The Thunder             03:56
05 Cocaine             04:52
06 Shaky Town             03:40
07 Love Needs A Heart             03:33
08 Nothing But Time             03:32
09 The Load Out             05:35
10 Stay             03:23
Running On Empty [cd + Dvd] - Disc 2
01 Complete Album In Dvd-A 5.1 Surround Sound            
02 300 + Image Gallery And Video Montage            
Personal Details
Price $24.98
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UPC (Barcode) 081227828325
Packaging Jewel Case
Spars DDD
Sound Stereo
Originally Released 1977\nCD Edition Released 1987\nRemastered CD Edition Released ????\nExpanded & Remastered CD + DVDA Edition Released November 15, 2005\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: Having acknowledged a certain creative desperation on The Pretender, Jackson Browne lowered his sights (and raised his commercial appeal) considerably with Running on Empty, which was more a concept album about the road than an actual live album, even though its songs were sometimes recorded on-stage (and sometimes on the bus or in the hotel). Unlike most live albums, though, it consisted of previously unrecorded songs. Browne had less creative participation on this album than on any he ever made, solely composing only two songs, co-writing four others, and covering another four. And he had less to say - the title song and leadoff track neatly conjoined his artistic and escapist themes. Figuratively and creatively, he was out of gas, but like "the pretender," he still had to make a living. The songs covered all aspects of touring, from Danny O'Keefe's "The Road," which detailed romantic encounters, and "Rosie" (co-written by Browne and his manager Donald Miller), in which a soundman pays tribute to auto-eroticism, to, well, "Cocaine," to the travails of being a roadie ("The Load-Out"). Audience noises, humorous asides, loose playing - they were all part of a rough-around-the-edges musical evocation of the rock & roll touring life. It was not what fans had come to expect from Browne, of course, but the disaffected were more than outnumbered by the newly converted. (It didn't hurt that "Running on Empty" and "The Load-Out"/"Stay" both became Top 40 hits.) As a result, Browne's least ambitious, but perhaps most accessible, album ironically became his biggest seller. But it is not characteristic of his other work: for many, it will be the only Browne album they will want to own, just as others always will regard it disdainfully as "Jackson Browne lite." [The 2005 expanded reissue of Running on Empty is a double-disc set, containing a remastered CD of the album on the first disc and a DVD of the album on the second. The DVD contains a 5.1 mix of the album plus two bonus tracks that only appear on the DVD - a second take on "Cocaine" called "Cocaine Again" and an instrumental, "Edwardsville Room 124." There are also two video montages and an extensive photo gallery, along with lyrics.] -- William Ruhlmann\n\nAmazon.com Product Description\nOn 1976's The Pretender, Jackson Browne confessed to enough distractions from his craft and disenchantment with the world around him to make a candid and contemporary rock album that set an optimistic stage for what was lying on-deck. And though Running On Empty would become Browne's quarter-century meal ticket, it was no favorite to the hard cores who found commercial contrivance in its "rock-star-on-the-road" concept. Yet nearly three decades after its release, the remastered and repackaged live album sounds as innovative and unsullied as ever (complete with a DVD that includes audio of two previously unreleased songs from the era). Recorded on stage, on motel room furniture, and aboard the tour bus, the songs served as Browne's diary of a mad musician, including womanizing in Danny O'Keefe's "The Road," drugs in the Rev. Gary Davis' sermonette "Cocaine" and the enduring anthem of roadies and crowd adoration (and a Top 10 hit), "The Load-Out." Though Browne's commercial appeal would never again rise to this level, his legacy in his generation of popular music was sewn, and the record that put him there is still running on endurance. --Scott Holter\n\nAmazon.com Product Description\nQuintessential California singer-songwriter and 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne has created some of the most literate and emotionally resonant compositions in popular music. Rhino's new version of Running on Empty is an incredible sonic reinvention, visually augmented with the brilliant photography of Joel Bernstein, shot during the historic tour on which the album is based. \n\nAmazon.com Product Description\nRecorded onstage, backstage, in three different hotel rooms, and on a Continental Silver Eagle tour bus during a cross-country 1977 tour, Running on Empty is a paean to life on the road. Jackson Browne's sense of camaraderie extended to the road crew, if "The Load Out," a love song to his roadies, is to be believed. Browne is much more blithe here than in his earlier outings. But Empty also represents a fleeting lighthearted moment for the singer-cum-poet whose concerns became more political than personal after its appearance. Beneath its flippant surface, this disc is a look at the lengths Browne and his friends went to avoid facing the demands of the touring life. What with the frequent drug references, misogynistic references to on-the-fly pairings with women, and the sobering line in the title track--"I look around for the friends I used to pull me through / Looking into their eyes, I see them running, too"--one realizes that Browne was much more comfortable on the road than off. --Jaan Uhelszki \n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nTimeless artistry that should not be missed, December 6, 2005\nReviewer: George Dionne (WWW.ROCK-IS-LIFE.COM)\nThe Good \n"Running on Empty" is the most familiar song on the album, and it sounds so much better with its heightened clarity and 5.1 mix. Jackson expressed how his journeys are wearing down on him. "The Road" takes you deeper into depression and despair with acoustic guitars and emotional lyrics. The piano heavy track "Rosie" delves into the trials and tribulations of the `groupie' culture. It's no surprise that drugs were a big part of the music industry at the time (did I just say were?). Browne approaches the subject with a little bit of humor and a little bit of sadness on "Cocaine." \n\n"Love Needs a Heart" is a touching power ballad where Browne puts his heart out on his sleeve. "Nothing But Time" has a funky rhythm and bluesy vocals that convey all that can happen when you have nothing to do until the next show. "Stay" wraps the whole saga up with a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Whereas most of the album focused on the negative aspects of the road, this one focuses on the great things and people you deal with along the way. The bonus tracks are included only on the DVD mix of the album. "Cocaine Again" is okay, but not really interesting, and "Edwardsville Room 124" is a mellow instrumental. \n\nThe Bad \nThe rest of the DVD material (montages, photos, lyrics) are cool to have, but you'll probably only view them once. \n\nThe Verdict \nI never really listened to what Running On Empty was all about until now. Apparently I missed a lot just listening to it casually. The album is a well-written, informative, intelligent, and sometimes sad account of life on the road. It's an album that can hold it's own no matter what decade your talking about. I can honestly say that Running On Empty is a timeless piece of artistry that should not be missed. The 5.1 mix is excellent.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nBest Roadie CD EVER!, June 3, 2004\nReviewer: Karl F. Kuenning "Roadie For Life" (Stafford, TX United States) \nWhen this album came out in 1977 I was a roadie on tour with another artist. We heard this record when we came home on a short break a few weeks after it was released and I couldn't believe it...an album that commemorated life on the road. Although "Running on Empty" has been played to death it still holds up as a great rock anthem. The best song on the CD is definitely "Rosie" which captures the true essence of the roadie life (losing the girl to the drummer). The sleeper track is "The Road" a melancholy reflection on the horrible loneliness that is prevalent on the road. Finally the song "Cocaine" hits WAY to close to home for those of us that were seduced by its charms back then. Running on Empty is a must have CD for anyone that experienced the concert scene in the 70's (or wishes they could have). I give this CD 5 stars (attached with gaffer's tape)\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nBrowne's shining moment!, September 3, 2000\nReviewer: Gary Gardner "Your resident dillettante" (Ellsworth, ME United States) \nFor a recording artist, there is probably no trial of fire like taking the new music out on the road, and hearing fans' reactions to it. As a litmus test, a tour can make or break an artist, particularly one just starting out. Of course, when Browne released this album, he was already a grizzled veteran of playing stadiums; still, he felt compelled to lay down a permanent record of what road life was like. "Running on Empty" is a live recording, but unlike one ever made before. Some of the tracks were recorded backstage, away from the glare of the audience, some on tour buses...some even in hotels. It is as stark a view as one is able to get of the bumps in the road for a travelling band. The title track was a brand new song when it was played before an audience; it is still a radio classic. "The Road" is a song that specifically addresses the artist's concern about how his material will be treated by the fans, while maintaining one's sanity amidst the grueling touring schedule. The album is peppered with references to other realities familiar to the recording artist: groupies and drugs. "Cocaine" is an acoustic blues number featuring Glenn Frey of the Eagles. "Rosie" is a great double-entendre song about a groupie showing up backstage; Browne tries to pick her up, but the drummer sweeps "that girl away", leaving Browne to, ahem, take matters into his own hands, shall we say. "Love Needs a Heart" is a great ballad that demonstrates the singer-songwriter's virtuosity. "Nothing But Time" was recorded by Browne and Company on their tour bus after leaving a show in Portland, Maine, and shows Jackson in very lighthearted mood. "You Love the Thunder" is the outstanding rocker on the album, but the mood is mainly subtle throughout. Browne's images are extremely evocative, and he is at the peak of his career here. The album ends with the excellent FM classic, "The Load-Out/Stay", which the author reveals to a live audience he is just performing it for the first time. The live tracks played in front of crowds feature very little of the crowd response, almost like studio music accepted in first takes. "Load-Out" may be the only exception to the rule. Browne incorporates the Zodiacs' '50's song "Stay", featuring guitarist David Lindley's brilliant falsetto. This album is an essential for any rock enthuiast; each moment is thoroughly enjoyable. Do yourself a big favor, and definitely pick this one up.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nA GREAT ALBUM FOR ANYONE BUT JACKSON, June 10, 1999\nReviewer: A music fan\nDon't get me wrong, I love this record. It just isn't up to the standards of JACKSON BROWNE, FOR EVERYMAN, and the towering LATE FOR THE SKY. Like its' immediate predecessor THE PRETENDER, it contains some monumental moments, but overall the feeling is slightly second-tier--bearing in mind that second-tier Jackson Browne is better than first-tier almost everybody else. . .\nThe title track stands toe-to-toe with anything the man has ever done. Jackson's reading of Danny O'Keefe's beautiful "The Road" is perfect in its' weary cynicism. The celebrated "Rosie" is cute, but a throwaway. "You Love The Thunder" is another brilliant moment, but there's something creepy about the hotel-room recording of "Cocaine", especially the stoned-sounding Jackson wondering if he should do more or less coke. "Shaky Town" is a nice country tune, but the trucker references are dated, planting the song squarely in the 70's. "Love Needs a Heart" is another gorgeous moment, one of JB's most moving heartache songs. "Nothing But Time" is an okay ditty. "The Load Out" is perhaps the most heartfelt tribute to one's fans, roadies and bandmates ever recorded. \n\nI'm sorry to say that for me the album ends on a sour note. I've never liked "Stay" in any way, shape or form, from Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs on down, and despite Jackson's attempt to make this an extension of the "Load Out" tribute, I usually dump this track when I'm listening to the CD.\n\nMy favorite live Jackson Browne is a bootleg LP of a benefit concert he did at the Main Point, a small club outside Philadelphia, in 1975, with just Lindley backing him. I was at that show, and it was one of the great moments of my concertgoing life. It lasted nearly three hours, and included several songs by the then-unknown Warren Zevon ("Remember the name", Jackson tells us, "Z-E-V-O-N"), a brilliant opening medley of "Fair and Tender Ladies/Take It Easy", and Doug Heywood's immortal "You A**hole You". If there's ever a JB box set I hope whoever puts it together gives a good long listen to these tapes.\n\nThe man can put on a show, and RUNNING ON EMPTY is about half of a great one.\n\nHALF.COM Details \nDetails \nContributing artists: Craig Doerge, Danny Kortchmar, David Lindley, Doug Haywood, Leland Sklar, Rosemary Butler, Russ Kunkel \nProducer: Jackson Browne \n\nAlbum Notes\nPersonnel: Jackson Browne (vocals, guitar); Danny Kortchmar (guitar); David Lindley (lap steel guitar, fiddle); Craid Doerge (keyboards); Leland Sklar (bass); Russ Kunkel (drums); Doug Haywood, Rosemary Butler (background vocals).\n\nRecorded live in 1977.\n\nDVDA Includes 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks.\n\nLiner Note Authors: Cameron Crowe; Anthony DeCurtis.\n\nAn audacious concept album about life on the road, this is a mix of in concert performances and informal sessions taped in various hotel rooms (see "Shaky Town," although it's hard to believe that Browne, by then a major star, was actually staying at a Holiday Inn). It's very '70s--the overall aura of cocaine-fueled decadence is almost palpable--but it works far better than you'd expect, and the songs are consistently memorable, even if Browne didn't write them all.\n\nHigh points include a stunning half hotel/half concert version of Danny O'Keefe's "The Road," still the best song ever written about the life of a travelling musician, and the closing medley of the roadie anthem "The Load-Out" and Maurice Williams and the Zodiac's doo-wop classic "Stay." The hard rocking title tune features typically lyrical yet stinging slide guitar from long time associate David Lindley.\n