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Together at the Bluebird Cafe [Import]

Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve EarleAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MSI:SNAPPER CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B0001E8D3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Guy Clark - Baby Took A Limo To Memphis
2. Steve Earle - My Old Friend The Blues
3. Introduction To Kate Belle - Townes
4. Guy Clark - The Cape
5. Introduction To Valentines Day - Steve
6. Valentines Day - Steve Earlie
7. Aint Leavin Your Love - Townes Van Zandt
8. Randall Knife - Gut Clark
9. Mes Prayer - Steve Earle
10. Interfaith Dental Clinic - Towned
11. A Song For - Townes Van Zandt
12. Guy Clark - Dublin Blues
13. Steve Earle - I Aint Ever Satisfied
14. Pancho And Lefty - Townes Van Zandt
15. Immigrant Eyes - Guy Clark
16. Siroccos Pizza - Steve
17. Steve Earlie - Mercenary Song
18. Tecumseh Valley - Townes Valley
19. Copperhead Road - Steve Earlie

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered digipak edition of this live album from the holy trinity of Roots/Country songwriters: Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Originally recorded in 1995 as a benefit for the Interfaith Dental Clinic in Nashville, Together At The Bluebird Cafe contains a live acoustic performance this talented trio. 20 tracks. Snapper Classics. 2004.

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124 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Song For Townes Van Zandt January 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Apparently, these three underground folk / rock / country greats walked on stage together for what sounds like a nearly impromptu benefit for a proposed Interfaith Dental Clinic (for the "working poor," Van Zandt explains, "who can't get insurance"). Each performs several of his own songs, accompanying himself on guitar with a minimal amount of harmony vocals.
Earle and Clark give strong performances. The stories told between songs are sometimes hilarious -- Townes' story of losing his gold tooth in a game of cards, or Earle's recounting of how his roommates were too dumb to even steal pizza.
But the thing I find really striking about this recording is Townes Van Zandt. Townes died only a couple of years later, the proximate cause being complications following hip surgery, but his alcoholism no doubt contributing. In his performances you can hear his slipping concentration -- missed chords, forgotten lines, etc.
His performance of "A Song For" is heartrending. He forgets parts, and the spare accompaniment accentuates his croaking, corroded voice. "Too late," he sings, "to wish I'd been stronger." A song for what? For a dying poet, a wanderer with no strength left to roam. A song for whom? A song for Townes Van Zandt. Touching.
If you're reading this review, you're probably already familiar with at least one of these legendary songwriters. Get the album -- its intimate, warm, funny feel is delicious even if you already have recordings of all these songs.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Troubadours Live! October 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
... I quickly bought the album and liked it immediately. It was recorded in 1995, not long after Earle got out, appears to be after Train A-Comin' but before I Feel Alright. It follows the same quiet, acoustic folk sensibility as Train A-Comin'. It is not a rowdy album at all, more like Earle, Van Zandt and Clark are sitting in your living room trading off songs with nothing but their guitars. The three obviously know each other very well and are very relaxed, so the songs flow very easily and naturally, and that by itself is a huge benefit to the album. Included are a few Earle standards like "My Old Friend the Blues" and "I Ain't Ever Satisfied", though the one drawback is a clipped version of "Copperhead Road", which is the finale and the rowdiest this album gets (which is really not at all). The best songs in my opinion are "Valentine's Day", this version of which I think far surpasses that on I Feel Alright, "My Old Friend the Blues", "Mercenary Song" and "Tecumseh Valley", Van Zandt's song that Earle did on Train A-Comin'. Townes's songs are very touching and you can easily see his influence on Earle. Clark not quite as much, but the variety is great, and he of course is another big influence of Earle's. Another nice touch is the introductions to songs - they are funny and add to the atmosphere.
If you are an Earle fan (or Van Zandt or Clark), then buy this immediately, you won't regret it. You get a good dose of Earle and his direct influences. I'd rank it better than Transcendental Blues, but not quite up there with the other four recent albums. But then again, it's different, so not directly comparable. If you have never heard Steve Earle before, this is not the worst place to start, but not the best either.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Great As You Suspect October 26, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD, capturing a 1995 guitar pull with Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, is as great as you would picture. The sound quality is excellent sound quality and the song selection is great. Earle and Van Zandt, in particular, are in great voice and spice up several of the songs with charming banter. For Earle, this is a far more satisfying concert snapshot than his full-length SHUT UP AND DIE LIKE AN AVIATOR from years ago. Standout cuts: Earle's Mercenary Blues; Van Zandt's Tecumseh Valley; and Clark's Randall Knife.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legends in Your Living Room October 18, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Three living legends: Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt (at the time of this recording - Townes has since flown away) sittin' around, pickin' and grinnin' and story-tellin' - and you are there. You can't help but love everything about this set, and if you've never known anyone in your life with the good ol' Texas troubador personality shown here, you'll sure wish you did. I've had the good fortune of knowing like-minded folk over the years, and it's just as much fun and just as precious as it sounds.
Buy this disc. You'll have three instant new friends with talent and humor and sorrow and humanity overflowing.
And, for Townes, to paraphrase Lucinda Williams...you were too sweet for this mean ol' world.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three American music greats, up close and personal August 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've seen Townes van Zandt criticized as unable to carry a tune. Guy Clark takes hits for limited vocal range and sounding like a back porch amateur. I once saw Steve Earle criticized as provincial in outlook. Such quibbles miss the point.
This album is rough-edged, if you only enjoy a polished production. It is recorded "warts and all," with no plastic overlays, in an intimate real-audience setting. Listen to van Zandt's outrageous tale of how he lost a tooth, or to Clark's intro to a version of his "Immigrant Eyes" made more powerful and real by the lack of plastic, and you'll be struck by the sense of immediacy that runs all through this album.
This collection wouldn't have worked half as well from inside a studio, where the words these poets string together, the emotional connection, the easy way they communicate with the audience, the honesty - it all would have been muted or lost. Here, they come through with wonderful clarity. This is one of those "little albums" that wind up at the heart of the collections of people who enjoy and follow American roots music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great turnaround, product.
Love the album. Excellent service.
Published 19 days ago by SteveK
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I ordered this for my husband and he really likes it.
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from Texa Music Legends
A wonderful recording. It is especially touching to hear the late Townes Van Zandt performing with his friends. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ida's girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
These three guys are having fun together and that's what is most appealing about this record. I was a little disappointed by Clark's performances, because he is much better than... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mike D
5.0 out of 5 stars Sit in at the coffee shop jam session.
These three genuine, long-time friends support and feed off each other in a unique live performance at the Bluebird. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marc Lund
5.0 out of 5 stars Together at the Bluebird Cafe
remarks stolen from someone else's review: ...
"three underground folk / rock / country greats walked on stage together for what sounds like a nearly impromptu benefit for... Read more
Published 9 months ago by jeannieju
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record!
Steve Earle, Townes Van Zant, and Guy Clark are three of the greatest songwriters ever plying their trade. Doesn't get much better.
Published 9 months ago by Steven R. Geitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Together At The Bluebird Cafe
I've heard all the songs dozens of times, so what prompts me to give this set a high rating is the club atmosphere, with the artists drawing energy from the crowd. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Tenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Being at the Bluebird Cafe
The atmosphere and te soud is so good that I was really sitting in that Cafe. A great experience and I wish all the lovers of this music the same.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars legends
legends This is three legends really enjoying themselves. Sound quality is good and the songs are great...buy it now for goodness sake
Published 10 months ago by KG42
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