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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B00000JCNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Even in the 1990s, as he was finishing a lifelong quest to drink himself to death, Townes Van Zandt continued to write, record, and perform. After he died on New Year's Day, 1997, his last tapes started leaking out. There was The Highway Kind, a collection of live originals and studio covers, and Last Rights, a "CD documentary" of songs, stories, and interviews. All this belated work features a frail but unflinching voice haunted by its approaching rendezvous. Now comes this collection of 13 voice-and-guitar demos from 1989 through 1996 that Van Zandt's widow, Jeanene, turned over to producer Eric Paul, who tastefully fleshed them out with overdubs from a Nashville country-rock band. It's the most accessible of the man's posthumous releases, with Van Zandt revisiting some famous songs ("Pancho & Lefty," "For the Sake of the Song") and some obscure ones from a wearier but wiser perspective. He also reveals two unreleased tunes--the bouncy comic number "Squash" and the heart-shriveling "Sanitarium Blues," an autobiographical talking blues about his stay in a mental hospital. --Geoffrey Himes

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I think I am beginning to appreciate hearing "Thorazine" in a song.
Bruce P. Barten
His music and lyrics intertwine in such a manner that they elicit different emotions at each listening.
"rgp721"
Yet another gem from one of the greatest singer - songwriters the world's ever known !
Stevie Dal

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stevie Dal on December 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Yet another gem from one of the greatest singer - songwriters the world's ever known !
And i'm not getting carried away . If you're familiar with Townes' work then you'll know these songs already but these are my favourite versions because of the way his voice was when these were recorded , basically , wrecked ! But that's a good thing because it lends a gravitas and air of beautiful sadness to proceedings and makes you love the guy more .
It's all good but the little run of 5 songs towards the end (tracks 8 - 12) must rank as surely the best iv'e ever heard , every one a perfect gem .
PS can someone please re-release No Deeper Blue soon ?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "ateliermp" on October 13, 2001
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This posthumous compilation of Van Zandt's most stunning and, perhaps, popular works is marred only by the concluding, 13th song, "Squash". Would that Arista had left it off. It is easy enough, however, to edit this item out and end the session with "Tower Song". The various mixed reviews, above and herein, are a testament to the complicated legacy of Townes Van Zandt. Vanity Fair recently (November 2001) included TVZ in a very tedious, pseudo-ironic list - a so-called "Rock Snob's Dictionary". TVZ is listed for the ultra-gratuitous reason that he "exuded a hard-drinkin', ramblin'-man aura despite coming from a wealthy family" and "died a Harry Nilsson-like alcohol-related death in the 1990s". Basta. Given VF includes this useless fillip in an issue devoted to "Music" - with the usual line-up of self-absorbed rock and pop fixtures - more than proves the point that true artistic integrity is lost on the guardians of commercial success (excess). TVZ was the most pure manifestation of a 40-50 year process of acculturation in the country-blues-folk genre without ever breaking out of the cult-status, musician's musician half-nelson partly imposed and partly self-wrought. His early works, often uneven and full of experimental assemblages of various streams of musical Americana, are tough to assimilate without careful editing. For example, the re-issue (1996) of two early 1970s recordings - "High, Low and In Between" coupled with "The Late, Great Townes Van Zandt" - is full of junk and is no one's fault except TVZ.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "rgp721" on August 23, 1999
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For many years I have heard of Townes Van Zandt in relation to Eric Andersen and John Prine but for some reason, his work and me never crossed paths. Well, I read several reviews of this record and decided it may be posthumous, but it was about time.
From the first cut to the last it has haunted me. His music and lyrics intertwine in such a manner that they elicit different emotions at each listening. It has been a long time since I was so touched and moved by someone's work that it makes me kind of kick myself 'cause I will never get the chance to see him perform his songs live.
Nevertheless, a fan has been made. I can't seem to get my hands on his CD's fast enough. Townes Van Zandt was, no is, a truly great songwriter, musician, and poet. His music lives on!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Vining on September 17, 2009
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Buy this CD if you want to find out what Townes Van Zandt was all about. While the name was familiar to me it wasn't until I saw a recent showing of the Big Lebowski on TV that I finally connected the name to the music. They played his version of Dead Flowers at the end of the credits. As soon as I found out who the artist was, I knew I would love his music.

I couldn't agree more with the other reviewers. I am not sure but I think I read somewhere these tunes were recorded solo in a studio with the accompaniment added much later, possibly after he died. Anyway the effect is really very good and it kind of highlights the occasional slip in his voice making it seem very authentic (which he certainly was) even in what is basically an artificial setting. Since then I've purchased several more CDs. They're all good but this one remains my favorite.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James J. Lennox on August 15, 2009
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This is Townes at his best/worst. His vocals expose the booze in his body, while the words express the sensitive, yet sad, nature of his soul. When you listen to the lyrics, you can clearly see why Steve Earle would call out Bob Dylan. This man was truly the greatest song writer that ever drew breath. He connected with the internal sadness of the universe in ways Dylan could only have imagined. It's a shame he's never been given the respect and following that he deserve. But what he's created will always shine as a diamond. It will stand strong and hold firm. Genius is a too often used word, but for him it fits, and this collection surely exposes his rare gifts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Taylor on January 13, 2010
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I have about 9 Townes albums, each one as cherishable as the others, and yet this one transcends because of a number of factors:
1. The character imbued in the songs, and more particularly the versions put down here.
2. The voice, contrary to customary notions it is wrecked (and it may be) perfectly inhabits the sadness and longing in the compositions (when I first heard Sanitarium Blues I thought, he sounds heavily sedated but then, when you're singing of your personal experience locked away in a sanitarium as a young person, shot full of Thorazine, it comes to you that this is pure honesty in song.
3. The arrangments are mostly fabulous, even if they were laid down after the vocals (after his death I believe, according to his biography "To Live's to Fly")

If you are like me and find poignancy and redemption through this brilliant artist, you will love this album. Townes Van Zandt, the train wreck, the errant father and partner, and the beautiful spirit who touched many lives through his artistry. He was damn funny too, read the biography mentioned.

2013 postscript - since this review, I have received two more fantastic Townes recordings, both of which have become my favourites before this, Sunshine Boy and Nashville Recordings. I'm glad there is a greater recognition of the wonderful legacy left by TVZ.
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