1980 Pete Townshend – Empty Glass

townshend-pete-1980Empty Glass is the first solo album of original material, and third album overall, by Pete Townshend, first released in 1980.

The album deals with a plethora of issues that Townshend was struggling with, including alcoholism, drug abuse, marital problems and deceased friends.

Empty Glass also contained the devotional love song, “Let My Love Open the Door”, which became a top ten hit single in the US, along with the other (modestly successful) singles, “Rough Boys” and “A Little Is Enough”.

The album was rated No. 57 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. Gibson had a poll which rated the album at No. 5 for “The greatest albums released by an artist who was previously in a successful band”.

Tracks

1  Rough Boys (Pete Townshend) 4:03
2  I Am An Animal (Pete Townshend) 3:48
3  And I Moved (Pete Townshend) 3:23
Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend) 2:45
5  Jools And Jim (Pete Townshend) 2:35
6  Keep On Working (Pete Townshend) 3:23
7  Cat\’s In The Cupboard (Pete Townshend) 3:33
8  A Little Is Enough (Pete Townshend) 4:43
9  Empty Glass (Pete Townshend) 5:23
10  Gonna Get Ya (Pete Townshend) 6:25

Musicians

1 Rough Boys

BassTony Butler
DrumsKenny Jones
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


2 I Am An Animal

BassTony Butler
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


3 And I Moved

DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


4 Let My Love Open The Door

BassTony Butler
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


5 Jools And Jim

BassTony Butler
DrumsJames Asher
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


6 Keep On Working

DrumsJames Asher
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


7 Cat\’s In The Cupboard

BassTony Butler
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


8 A Little Is Enough

BassTony Butler
DrumsMark Brzezicki
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


9 Empty Glass

BassTony Butler
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend


10 Gonna Get Ya

BassTony Butler
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarPete Townshend
KeyboardsJohn Bundrick
SynthesizerPete Townshend
VocalsPete Townshend

 

Liner Notes

Producer – Chris Thomas
Engineer – Bill Price, Steve Nye
Mastered By – Tim Young

Design (Sleeve) – Bob Carlos Clarke
Graphics – Richard Evans

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) – Eel Pie Publishing Ltd.
Published By – Eel Pie Publishing Ltd.
Recorded At – Eel Pie Studios
Recorded At – Air Studios
Mixed At – Wessex Sound Studios
Mastered At – CBS Studios, London
Distributed By – WEA Records Ltd.