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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • ASIN: B000OZ2CZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of his generation, Townes Van Zandt has been hailed by such singers as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson. Fat Possum is proud to reissue four titles from his early career - "Townes Van Zandt," "Our Mother the Mountain," "Delta Momma Blues," and "Flyin' Shoes" - that comprise an essential introduction to his best songs. Recorded between 1969 and 1978, Van Zandt's most prolific (and most critically acclaimed) decade, these four titles are the heart of any serious consideration of Van Zandt's career. Featuring some of the most iconic cover art in album history (designed by Milton Glaser), each is a classic in every sense of the word. The four titles are the first in a series of Townes Van Zandt reissues that Fat Possum is undertaking in conjunction with the Van Zandt estate.

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A must for every Townes Van Zandt lover.
Ladine A. Hamilton
Whether you already are a fan of Townes Van Zandt or are looking to get introduced to his music, this CD is highly recommended.
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In fact, his voice is beautiful, with a quality of melancholy.
Steven W. Strnad

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jacktavish on October 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm amazed this hasn't been reviewed yet! Let me be clear, the 6 or 7 classic songs on here deserve five stars, but all TVZ albums have a few weak, or weird songs, and his choice of covers was sometimes suspect.
That being said, If you don't want to just own his "greatest hits" collection (very incomplete), then you need to buy all of his late '60's & early '70's albums. "For the Sake of the Song" has a beautiful guitar intro and a cyclical feel. I don't know how many versions he recorded of "Waiting Around To Die." I assume this is the first, and his vocal is the best of versions I've heard, but the violin/fiddle is a little distracting. "Colorado Girl" is one of the many understated heartbreaking ballads that he could conjure up out of the air. A classic. "Lungs" is a dense folk-western sounding song with lots of riffin' going on. The lyrics are great. "Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel" is one of my all time favorites. It could have been on a Bob Dylan album circa 1965-66, or a Gene Clark album circa 1966-67. Yes, it's that freaking amazing! The chorus tempo abruptly changes and it positively rocks, both of which are rare for Townes, while the lyrics are surreal & '60's sounding.
"None But The Rain" is another beautiful ballad with some subtle strings supporting it. Like the other songwriters I mentioned, TVZ's voice was much more evocative, and had more range, early on in his "career".
If you're a fan, why don't you own this?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Strnad on December 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this as an LP, a casette, and now as a CD. Problem is, every time I play it for someone who has never heard of Townes, they are so blown away by the very first hearing that I become absorbed into their enthusiasm and I end up giving them the LP, or casette, or CD. What I want them to do is spread the word. Like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen, Townes was probably warned early on not to persue a singing career. In fact, his voice is beautiful, with a quality of melancholy. It is warm ("brooding," as someone has said). The acoustic guitar is perfectly played, with outstanding finger picking. And of course, Townes was an extraordinary lyricist. Every song on this album is great. It is so sad that he never had a wider audience, but then, how often does something this good acheive such an audience? You can't go wrong with this work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Old T.B. on December 7, 2009
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This is Townes Van Zandt's third official release. I consider it his second best album, right behind Our Mother the Mountain. The instrumentation is sparse, and the songs are extremely good. The definitive versions of Townes' classic songs "For the Sake of the Song," and "Waitin' Around to Die," each recorded several times by Townes, are on here. (By the way, Townes said that "Waitin' Around to Die" was the first song he wrote. Pretty amazing first song!

Of some of the other tracks, "Lungs" is an amazing song, as are "None but the Rain" and "(Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria." "Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel" has Dylanesque wordplay, but the feeling is pure Townes. Some of the other songs are not as strong, in my opinion, but there's no filler at all on this album. Fans of alt-country and just plain astounding songwriting need this album; I highly recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Hermes on July 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If my biographical memory serves, this is the third album Townes recorded, after the largely ignored debut album "For the Sake of the Song" and the masterpiece second album "Our Mother the Mountain."

This album finds a more mature writer and singer as he debuts such classics as the seamless "Don't You Take it Too Bad" and the poetically lovely "Quicksilver Daydreams of Maria". He did rerecord a few songs that had appeared on his overproduced first album and they receive much better treatment here.

A full 7 of the 10 songs here are classic TVZ songs. The two mentioned above, as well as "Lungs", "Waitin' Around To Die", "Colorado Girl", "I'll Be here in the Morning"and "For the Sake of the Song". The latter, it has been joked, seems to end up on every subsequent album release.

A first time listener would do well to start here though it is a must for any fan of TVZ.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doctormanny on May 7, 2010
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"Townes Van Zandt" is the third studio album that was put out by Townes Van Zandt. The overall quality of the songwriting is excellent, and the instrumentation is sparse, which helps to bring out the melancholic quality of the songs. All of the songs are good, but my favorites are "For the Sake of the Song," "Waitin' Round to Die," "Lungs," and "(Quicksilver Daydreams of) Maria." Whether you already are a fan of Townes Van Zandt or are looking to get introduced to his music, this CD is highly recommended.
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