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Pete Townshend, The Who’s guitarist and principal songwriter, was born into a musical family in Chiswick, West London, on May 19, 1945. His father Cliff played the alto saxophone with the Squadronaires, the RAF dance band, and his mother Betty Dennis sang professionally. An aunt encouraged him to learn piano but after seeing the movie Rock Around The Clock in 1956 he became drawn to ... Read more in Amazon's Pete Townshend Store

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J6J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rough Boys
2. I Am An Animal
3. And I Moved
4. Let My Love Open The Door
5. Jools And Jim
6. Keep On Working
7. Cat's In The Cupboard
8. A Little Is Enough
9. Empty Glass
10. Gonna Get Ya

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The Who's avatar was galvanized by the punk movement when he penned the 10 songs for this 1980 outing, his most commercially successful solo release. The album's opening track, "Rough Boys" (dedicated to the Sex Pistols), puts his viewpoint on the safety-pinned insurrectionists on the line: "I want to bite and kiss you," Townshend barks. In "Jools and Jim" he scolds bilious upstarts who "don't give a shit Keith Moon is dead," while the title track finds the "aging" punk godfather (he was 35 when the record came out) dismally admitting that "life is useless." Elsewhere, Townshend returns to the spiritual concerns that dominated his 1972 Who Came First solo debut, notably on "And I Moved" and "Let My Love Open the Door," Empty Glass's hit single. Musically, Townshend resurrects the rhythmic synthesizer patterns he concocted for Who's Next while also drawing on the drive of those punks whose devotion and contempt he so openly pines for. --Steven Stolder

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One of Townshend's best albums.
Mr. Benac
This is a true rock classic with great songs such as Rough Boys, Let My Love Open the Door, And I Moved, Empty Glass, Gonna Get Ya, A Little is Enough and others.
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It is too great an album to sound mediocre.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By David Bradley on May 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Pete Townshend is the best thing that ever happened to Rock, and EMPTY GLASS is his solo masterpiece, an insightful, invigorating confessional from a man on the edge.
Townshend addresses punks, aging, drinking, music critics, work ethic, and his lifelong quest to find some meaning in life. Townshend is Rock's great philosopher and, like all great philosophers, he frequently dips into deep dark spells when he concludes life is pointless.
The centerpiece of the album is the title song, in which the dueling elements at Townshends core--the rough boy, tough guy (the adolescent Mod, perhaps?), and the softer, more fragile adult--battle for supremacy.
That's some pretty heavy stuff, but Townshend bounces back from those depressions--"Don't worry, smile and dance, you just can't work life out."
Townshend's backing band, including members of Big Country, isn't the as hard as the Who, but does rock, and can float through the softer sections of EMPTY GLASS in a way the Who had some trouble attaining.
I am completely stunned by the ho-hum reviews others have given this masterpiece. EMPTY GLASS represents the very essence of Townshend, and the remnants of 1960s Rock, as the 80's began and those icons hit their mid-30s. There have always been those who have critisized Townshend for his self-discovery and his search for a greater meaning. For me, it is the questions Townshend asks, and the search he has made, that make him the most important thinker in Rock, and a worthwhile role model.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Barron Crist on September 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Empty Glass" released in April 1980 is in my opinion a masterpiece and as far as I'm concerned Townshend is a musical genius. He has written so many great songs (not to mention the two rock operas "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia") and he continued to do so with "Empty Glass". Newly remastered for 2006 and now on the Hip-O label (Universal Music), a classic is now made even better. The sound quality surpasses the older remaster by leaps and bounds and there's a crispness that the older remaster lacked with the bass, midrange and output level all increased for 2006! The standout cuts obviously are "Rough Boys", "Let My Love Open The Door" and "Gonna Get Ya" (also included as a bonus track as a whopping eleven minute plus long version). But this album also included other superb tracks such as the self titled "I'm An Animal" (included as a bonus track "Alternate Version"), "Empty Glass", "Keep On Working" (included also as a bonus track "Alternate Vocal") and "And I Moved" (another bonus track "Alternate Vocal"). This was one of the best album's released in 1980 and it sounds as good today as it did twenty six years ago.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on September 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1980, as this was Townsend's third solo effort. I remember the day this record came out, as so many fans and critics alike were stating that this album could have EASILY been a Who lp. It's THAT good. Two tracks that got plenty of airplay on FM radio stations across the U.S. were "Rough Boys" and "Let My Love Open The Door". Two other cuts here that I was sort of taken away with were the intricately played "A Little Is Enough" and the rocking title track "Empty Glass". This reissue comes with four (4) good bonus cuts. An absolute must-have for all serious Who fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alex Muir on September 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Brilliant! I bought the cassette of this record when I was 12 and I have to say that not many albums have moved me the way this album has. It is a masterpiece of songwriting..

It is a great rock album. My favourite track is "A Litte is Enough". Amazing. I can still smell/feel/see myself walking to school through the forest every morning as a little kid with my headphones on while listening to it today.

Thanks for all the great music Pete!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on August 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was the second Pete solo album I acquired, and because I bought it on vinyl, I had to wait a short while (18 days) before I got myself my first record player on the day after my birthday to break it in. (I'd played side one in the store already before buying it, but accidentally had it on the wrong speed until I was midway through "LMLOTD"; I knew his voice wasn't that feminine-sounding!) This is my favourite of all of his solo albums, a perfect mix of hard rockers like "Jools and Jim" and soft introspective numbers like "I Am an Animal." A lot of people feel that this should have been a Who album and 'Face Dances' should have been the solo album, but some of the songs on this record I just can't see Roger singing, such as "Rough Boys" and "And I Moved." He wrote these songs for himself and interpreted them for himself; I can't imagine what they'd all sound like had they been part of a Who album. And these songs, like "And I Moved," "A Little Is Enough," "I Am an Animal," and "LMLOTD" are proof enough of why he got so many female fans when he went solo. He found a whole new audience because of how different this material was from the type of material he wrote for The Who.

Some people don't like "Rough Boys" and "And I Moved" because they think Pete is bisexual; even if he were and people weren't just trying to cross the Ts and dot the Is based on some things he's said that suggest identifying with women and not always feeling exclusively stereotypically masculine, it wouldn't change the fact that those are not songs about being in love with other men. "Rough Boys" is a song making fun of the punk culture in England at the time, since many of them were dressing up like gay men in America and not even knowing it.
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