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Running on Empty

Running on Empty

by Jackson BrowneJackson Browne

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Overview

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."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2019
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0603497863327
catalogNumber: 113
Rank: 18578

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackson Browne   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano
David Lindley   Fiddle,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Joel Bernstein   Harmony
Rosemary Butler   Vocals
Craig Doerge   Keyboards
Doug Haywood   Vocals,Harmony
Leland Sklar   Bass
Russell Kunkel   Drums,Snare Drums,Cardboard Box,Hi Hat

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Maurice Williams   Composer
Valerie Carter   Composer
Howard Burke   Composer
Rev. Gary Davis   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer,Lyricist
Bryan Garofalo   Composer
Danny Kortchmar   Composer
Greg Ladanyi   Engineer
Danny O'Keefe   Composer
Donald Miller   Composer
Jimmy Wachtel   Art Direction
Tom Walsh   Stage Engineer
Lowell T. George   Composer

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