Few singer-songwriters embodied the late-’70s California sound as much as Jackson Browne. He started out writing for others in the previous decade, but broke onto the scene as a solo artist with his 1972 self-titled debut (sometimes referred to as Saturate Before Using). Five years later, he made waves with Running On Empty, a collection of 10 new songs recorded live during his 1977 tour. Several tracks were taken from the band’s performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland and the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. But further tracks were recorded in more intimate spaces — various hotel rooms, rehearsal spaces, or “on a bus (a Continental Silver Eagle) somewhere in New Jersey.”
No matter the space, Browne and his band (featuring David Lindley on lap steel and fiddle, along with members of The Section) delivered stellar performances that have been lauded by critics since the album’s original release more than four decades ago. Running On Empty became Browne’s best-selling album, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Albums chart and eventually achieving a 7x Platinum certification from the RIAA.
Now, that legendary album – featuring such classics as “Running On Empty” and “The Load-Out / Stay” – will be re-released on CD, vinyl, and through digital download and streaming providers. Arriving on July 5 from Asylum/Rhino, the new edition of Running On Empty features a fresh remaster by Gavin Lurssen of Lurssen Mastering. The vinyl edition, meanwhile, was mastered by Ron McMaster and will be presented on 180-gram vinyl pressed at Pallas.
While some fans may want to hold onto their long-out-of-print previous editions, the newly remastered CD, vinyl, and digital versions that arrive on July 5 will no doubt be essential listening for those who might be new to Browne’s music. You can find the track listing for Running On Empty and pre-order the new CD below!
Jackson Browne, Running On Empty (Asylum LP 6E-113, 1977 – reissued Asylum/Rhino, 2019)
- Running On Empty
- The Road
- You Love the Thunder
- Shaky Town
- Love Needs a Heart
- Nothing But Time
- The Load-Out