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Running On Empty

Jackson Browne

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After the success of Frampton Comes Alive, live albums became accepted business practice for all serious and commercially viable artists to repackage their back catalog and, for some, a chance to re-invigorate their material with the life that was lost in the sterile confines of the recording studio. Jackson Browne took a different tack. His live album, recorded during his 1977 summer tour, is actually a concept album about the road, recorded onstage, backstage, in hotel rooms and the back of the touring bus, featuring for the first time not just his own compositions, but contributions from his bandmates and even an old blues (Rev. Gary Davis' frighteningly topical "Cocaine"). None of the songs appeared on Browne's previous four studio albums. Browne sings about roadies ("The Load Out"),romance ("Rosie," "You Love the Thunder," "Love Needs A Heart") and his own disintegrating sense of self ("Running On Empty"), as the camaraderie of the road turns into a grind and relief is only found in the empathetic playing of multi-instrumentalist David Lindley, guitarist Danny Kortchmar and the high harmonies of backing singers Rosemary Butler and Doug Haywood."

Customer Reviews

The Load Out and Stay combination

The version of "The Load Out" being sold on I tunes is 5:35 in length, too bad the actual song is around 8 minutes long! The song "Stay" is basically the end of the load out and should be sold as one. When was the last time anyone heard one with out the other from this album? NEVER!

The Load Out

The song "The Load Out" downloads fine, but it plays as two separate songs when in shuffle mode.

Browne's Best

This is by far his best. Other than Running On Empty the stand out songs are You Love the Thunder, The Load Out, and Rosie!


Born: October 9, 1948 in Heidelberg, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In many ways, Jackson Browne was the quintessential sensitive California singer/songwriter of the early '70s. Only Joni Mitchell and James Taylor ranked alongside him in terms of influence, but neither artist tapped into the post-'60s Zeitgeist like Browne. While the majority of his classic '70s work was unflinchingly personal, it nevertheless provided a touchstone for a generation of maturing baby boomers coming to terms with adulthood. Not only did his introspective, literate lyrics strike a nerve,...
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