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Empty Glass: Deluxe Edition [Original recording remastered]

Pete Townshend Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (8 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: SPV Yellow
  • ASIN: B000EMSU4C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic album that will never date 8 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The only album I have ever listened to and loved straight away.It remains my most favourite album of all time and with stunning songs like "And I moved" and the title track "Empty Glass" its not surprising.I cant believe its not one of the worlds best selling albums - Its fantastic. Pete Townshend surpasses himself in achieving a sound years ahead of its time and one that has never dated.I forget that I am listening to an album more than 20 years old!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Townshend's Best Solo Album. 21 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Empty Glass, Pete Townshend's 1981 work is considered by many fans to be the greatest solo album of his long career, after a couple of listens it's not hard to see why! The synthesized element to the songs adds that other-worldly almost religious element found earlier on "Who's Next." Songs such as the brilliantly catchy single, "Let My Love Open The Door" and the outraged "Jools and Jim," found Townshend back at the top of his game. Former punk producers Bill Price and Chris Thomas really seemed to have brought the best out of him, to make an album which radiates vitality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As the writer of so many wonderful and memorable Who songs,you would expect something special from Pete.This album is very special and is a showcase to the talents of a great man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast From The Past 9 Mar 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Who were in the process of breaking up when this album was first released, and rumour has it one of the main reasons was Pete was keeping all his best work for his solo albums. Listen to this album and discover the rumour is truth!
Lyrically inventive and musically astounding, Empty Glass is far and away superior to The Who's final efforts (It's Hard and Face Dances). LIsten and Enjoy!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Who LP 15 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
I confess that I don't own the deluxe edition of this CD - I can't justify buying it as I already have it on CD and on a vinyl copy bought when the album was released. This is a fine set of songs, consistently surprising in its switches between delicacy and muscularity, tenderness and bitterness, anger and wit. Rather confusingly, the songs on Empty Glass are more engaging than those on Who Are You or Face Dances, the two Who albums that come before and after it. Perhaps this is down to the heavy personal touch: there is a clear sense with this solo album that, for the first time, Townsend is writing for himself and about himself. There are hints at confused sexuality in And I Moved, I Am an Animal and Rough Boys - the last song a strange paeon to punk, sounding both older brotherly and lustful. Let My Love Open the Door is a very snappy little pop song and Just A Little Is Enough, with its swathes of synths and big drums, a scary and uplifting love song.

Then there is the reference to Keith Moon's death in Jools and Jim, a character assasination attempt on a couple of music journalists. Kenny Jones plays the drums for part of this album, as he does on Face Dances. Otherwise, the instruments are played by Townsend along with some seventies stalwarts. There is not a great deal of his guitar, all in all, just as there was little of it on the Who albums that lead up to this album. But there is a drummer-led thrashiness in places that is recognisably Who.

It is odd how soundly Townsend entered the 80s with this album, only to fade away quickly when the 80s got into their stride. If you like the Who and have never heard this, you will be very pleasantly surprised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROUGH BOYS THE BEST BY FAR. 11 Mar 2006
By Current
Format:Audio CD
THIS IS A MUST FOR ALL PETE TOWNSHEND FAN HIS BEST SOLO ALBUM BY FAR . THIS ALBUM WAS WRIITEN IN BETWEEN WHO ARE YOU AND FACE DANCERS . IT SHOWS BECAUSE FOR ONCE HE HAS KEPT HIS BEST TRACKS FOR HIS SOLO ALBUM . THE ONLT THING I WOULD SAY IN SOME AREAS A BIT PERSONNAL . BUT OVER ALL TOWNSHEND AT HIS GUITAR STOKING BEST .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anything but empty 7 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is easily Pete Townshends best solo record. From start to finish this is a collection of fantastic songs. Rough boys, I am an animal, Let my love open the door, A little is enough and Empty glass are all rock/pop classics and the whole album has you singing along after just one listen. The bonus tracks on the reissue are a bit naff though, just four alternate takes that sound very similar to the final album takes. I think some completely unreleased tracks or even a few live tracks would have been better. But that aside, this is a must have album for all Townshend or Who fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A full glass for me! 8 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Was recommended this CD and was not disappointed.Music was so good,I played it constantly for three weeks.Prompted me to buy another Townshend solo album purely on the strength of listening to this.In short,a classic album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reissue
This is an excellent album from Pete Townshend. The edition is really cool with some additional demos. Essential purchase if you love The Who or PT.
Published 18 months ago by R. GALVEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
I purchased this the first day it came out, all those years ago. It remains one of my all time favourite albums and a standard to compare the sound quality every time I purchase a... Read more
Published on 3 May 2012 by K West
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album
This has got to be one of my all time favourite albums and was so happy to find it on CD! The whole CD bought back memories of a long time ago. Thank you ever so much!
Published on 21 July 2011 by Stella Bella
4.0 out of 5 stars No, don't bother
If you already have this album on vinyl or cd then just avoid this . . . . . the extra tracks are just time fillers and Pete has quite enough money by now. Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Fretworker
5.0 out of 5 stars classic townshend at his best really bares his soul
as an who freak of over 4o odd years i already have petes solo work on vinyl so i just had to have them on cd this album covers petes time of battling serious addictions the tracks... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by jimmy cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Empty Glass - not great , but good
I bought this album when it came out in 1981.

The Who and Pete were running out of steam in the early eighties, for various reasons. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2004 by Peter Hobden
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic listening material
"Empty Glass" is the first Townshend solo album I have bought. I instantly liked it and decided I would definitely buy some others of his when I got bored with this one. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2003
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