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Texas Troubadour [Box set]

Townes Van ZandtAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • ASIN: B0007ODLCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. For the Sake of the Song
2. Tecumseh Valley
3. Many a Fine Lady
4. Quicksilver Daydreams of Maria
5. Waitin' Around to Die
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. For the Sake of the Song
2. Columbine
3. Waitin' Around to Die
4. Don't Take It Too Bad
5. Colorado Girl
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Two Hands
2. You Are Not Needed Now
3. Greensboro Woman
4. Highway Kind
5. Standin'
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Disc: 4
1. Loretta
2. No Place to Fall
3. Flyin' Shoes
4. Who Do You Love
5. When She Don't Need Me
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Import four CD set from the influential singer/songwriter including all of his '60s and '70s recordings for the Poppy and Tomato labels, plus live songs from 1973. This box set contains his first eight albums spread across the four CDs. Van Zandt's songs have been covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris and other respected superstars who were touched and inspired by his music. If you are a fan of Dylan, Cohen and other Folk-based singer/songwriters , then you'll absolutely love Townes Van Zandt. Charly.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb songwriting August 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One day, I was searching for an MP3 of an old Willie Nelson song my dad used to play, Pancho and Lefty, when I came across the version by Townes Van Zandt, who wrote it. I downloaded it out of curiosity and loved it. Much rawer, much more emotive, much more poetic than Nelson's recording. I searched for more Van Zandt songs and slowly dug my way into a catalogue that is incredible. I looked on Amazon to see which records to buy and found this, Texas Troubadour, which compiles seven studio albums and a live set -- all for price that comes out to something like seven bucks a record. I bought it and have been listening to it almost weekly for more than a year. All I can say about Townes Van Zandt is that if you appreciate great songwriting, you'll appreciate this collection. He didn't have the most radio-friendly sound; Willie Nelson and others who've covered his songs have met that challenge. But nothing beats the emotional connections of a songwriter singing and guitaring his own work. Think Bob Dylan or Neil Young or Johnny Cash or even someone like John Frusciante -- great songwriters with rough but unique voices and instantly recognizable guitar playing. Some of my favorite songs by Zandt at this moment are "Rake," "You Are Not Needed Now," "Flyin' Shoes," "Waitin' Around to Die," "Highway Kind," "Snow Don't Fall," and "Lungs." I wish I would've had the chance to know and see Van Zandt play live when he was around. At least we have his records. Do yourself a favor and buy them!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential--7+ complete albums on 4 discs March 5, 2007
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It's too bad this compilation of Townes Van Zandt's music is getting harder to find--it's got his first 7 complete studio albums, which includes all of the music he made in the 60's and 70's, plus most of the live album he put out in the 70's as well. Why is this box essential? First of all, because of the quality of Van Zandt's music, and second because of the value--just check around. Some of these individual albums go for $60 or more, and here they can all be purchased together for much cheaper (I got my copy from caiman_com through Amazon's alternate sellers for $22). If you're looking to start getting into his music, it's a no-brainer that this CD has the most complete introduction at the best price.

If you haven't heard Van Zandt's music yet, you've probably at least heard ABOUT it. It's country-flavored, but definitely not straight up country, nor is it the slick "country-rock" put out by bands like the Byrds. No, it's not easy to stick TVZ into one genre, but he does touch on country, folk, rock, and pop. His earlier work sounds lyrically much like Bob Dylan, though he eventually develops more of a unique written voice for himself. Van Zandt's singing voice is definitely unique--southern, understated, yet capable of powerful, wavering emotion and subtle texture.

I'm not sure if this is the best place to delve into the merits of each album, since that would take way too long, but I can say that each of these albums has great highlights, and each album is worth listening all the way through. Van Zandt does get the best around The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, which includes his best-known song "Pancho and Lefty," but he's also a great interpreter of gospel tunes and classic Hank Williams. If you're interested in Townes Van Zandt, I urge you to start with this collection--even if you pay $40, you'll still come out saving a lot of money at $5 per album. Hope you enjoy checking out one of folk music's best kept secrets!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Troubadour - Terrific/Tragic Townes Van Zandt December 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
1000 words aren't nearly enough to descibe the experience of Townes Van Zandt. I was only lucky enough to see Townes live once and that was through a antibiotic haze following a particularly bad dose of tonsillitis. Although he was tired and reflective it remains one the music experiences of my life. He performed to a pathetically small audience in the seaside town Southport (the one they forgot to close down)England, entertained us laconoically, sensitively and uniquely and was very confused that there was a "curfew" at 11pm. Enough memories and down to business. This is a must for anyone who loves music, enjoys legends, appreciates genius and recognises something special which Townes undoubtedly was and remains through the music he gave us. His emotion is raw, his voice unique but ultimately his legacy his his song which runs the gamut of emotion which defines us all. Perfect music beautiful man. I was lucky and privaledged to catch when he was around and glad I stayed to thanked him. As Nancy Griffith's father said "he is the greatest songwriter ever from Texas" and ranks up there with the best. He had the pose of a gunfighter and the emotion of a poet. The tragedy is that he is not around today to share his success but anyone who leaves this deep legacy is well worth shouting about - whether in your cowboy boots and from Bob Dylan's coffee table or not!
Buy this and spread the word.
Thank you Townes, Thank you very much.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Poet of our times January 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
An EXCELLENT introduction to Townes who, in my humble opinion, deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Beautifully illustrated with informative liner notes. My greatest thrill was discovering that Townes first efforts were produced by Jack Clement. My advice........buy this after you've read all the opinions and discover the joy and masterful poetry of the Texas Troubador, who we all deeply miss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars glad to finally be getting to know Townes
glad to finally be getting to know Townes, this collection was a good place to start. And I for one like his voice, it suits the mood of his brilliant words
Published 12 days ago by Cheryl Laurro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great collection of Townes material. Includes his most memorable albums.
Published 23 days ago by William Trahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice set on 4 cd's. Townes Van Zandt was a fantastic lyricist. You ever love him or you don't
Published 1 month ago by Cuzzin It
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfy your Towns Van Zandt craving HERE !
The ULTIMATE Towns Van Zandt collection...all in one place. A week does not go by without playing some of these classics by one of the best songwriters of the past 50 years.
Published 2 months ago by Clavens
5.0 out of 5 stars You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't want this CD.
I have to be in a mood to listen to Townes. When I am in the mood this fills some of the holes in my heart that life has made. A very sad thing that he is gone from this world... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything about this set is terrific as is all townes Van zandt stuff
Published 2 months ago by Bindi
5.0 out of 5 stars very very awesome
What an awesome collection of Townes Van Zandt. This collection has many albums on it and the quality is astounding. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Zach
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this guy
Townes Van Zandt - an underrated artist. A life full of talent, misery and desire. A true Texan who lived life as he thought he needed to - for the experience! Love this guy!
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Edghill
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Fans Of The GREAT Townes Van Zandt !!!
I had several albums by Townes I dubbed onto cassettes from CDs my boss had in our offices in Nashville where MUCH of his catalog was owned by our NYC bosses before they sold it . Read more
Published 3 months ago by HARDIE
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid, avoid, avoid
This has been my most disappointing experience with Amazon. On songwriting alone, this should be a five-star package, especially considering the price. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marsha B. Rupe
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