I have listened to the 1 cd edition and this is acoustic, very acoustic. So what is it in the second cd? I have heard the cd a few times from start to end and frankly, as much as I wanted to love this release I am quite disappointed, most songs dont add much to Van Zandt's versions and some are awful covers. One of them seems to be recorded through a tube, and I dont really see the point. I can hear the sincere love of Earle for Townes and his music, but that is not enough!
To elaborate on the bonus disc a bit further... It *is* acoustic, but it is *not* all the songs. This is from a mail-order site I frequently buy from (villagerecords.com): "As an added bonus a second disc is included that features eleven of the fifteen tracks in their original guitar and vocal form. It doesn't get more authentic than these cuts. These are not demos, they are the songs you hear on disc one without the sparse backing that accompanies the final versions."
I listened again to the whole CD and started to like it a bit more, maybe it needs more listening... BUt, 10 out of the 15 songs are already almost only vocal and guitar, some bass, mandolin and violin, and the voice is upfront, so It just makes me wonder what will it add to hear them only with vocals and guitars. When someone listens to the second cd maybe he will share it with us. Seems a mistery anyway.
Yeah, I love Steve Earle's music, but I think he's in a bit of a rut these days. I was expecting to hear a different take on Townes considering how close Steve was to him, but the songs were fairly pat. Saw him this winter, and honestly, while it's nice to see him play his music in a small venue, he really didn't bring much interesting stuff to that show. Very little patter aside from the usual anti death penalty rap that intros Ellis. He just get's up and plays his songs. I could have been listening to any of the acoustic concert recordings I have. The duets with Allison are really nice tho.
I think we need some more Dukes material. Steve's electric covers are really special. If you get a chance to pick up the boot "Magnetized MF'ers" and More Magnetized MF'ers" you're in for a treat. His Stones covers of Dead Flowers and Before They Make Me Run are (possibly) better than the originals !.
Thanks everyone....now I don't know which one to buy..can't listen to it on dial up...guess I will gamble on the 2 disker...Townes was the best..most people don't even know him....there stuck in Pop country :(
A little of topic but wanted to mention that Steve Earle's performance from the Newport 2008 Folk Festival was broadcast on NPR and is available as a free podcast on NPR's All Songs Considered. The sound quality is only average but the performances, through "bare bones" are strong, especially where he duets with his wife Alison Moorer on Mockingbird and his emotional rendition of Christmas in Washington where he calls out to Woody Guthrie. Other highlights include Taney Town, Down Here below and City of Immigrants.
Here is a link. Besides Earle, there are a wide variety of concerts available for free download (check out the Doc Watson concert and several concerts from SWSX).
Townes began as twelve solo guitar and vocal tracks recorded in October 2008 in New York City. Other instruments were added later in subsequent sessions in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Eleven of the original basic tracks are included here. Colorado Girl is not, because the solo version made the final record as is. Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold was re-recorded in Nashville in December as a duet with Justin Townes Earle. The original solo track that was recorded in New York appears here exclusively.
After reading the replies to the question about the bonus disc and listening to samples from disk one, I will be getting the regular "non-deluxe" version. Why? Because I would just as soon listen to the songs with the subtly added additional instruments (bass, violin, etc.) over the original stripped down versions. As far as I can tell these instruments add to, not diminish, the quality of the songs. With the savings I'll buy some other cool c.d. that's out, such as the latest from Conor Oberst. Thanks to others for info on this.