Townes Van Zandt - Our Mother The Mountain - 1969 C + W Folk Rock 180 Grm LP

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Townes Van Zandt - Our Mother The Mountain

Label: Fat Possum Records – FP-1090-1
Format: Vinyl, 180 Grm LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Originally released in 1969.
Released: 2007
Genre: Blues, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Blues, Country, Folk


A1 Be Here To Love Me 2:36
A2 Kathleen 2:45
A3 She Came And Touched Me 4:00
A4 Like A Summer Thursday 3:00
A5 Our Mother The Mountain 4:13
A6 Second Lover's Song 2:12

B1 St. John The Gambler 3:02
B2 Tecumseh Valley 4:45
B3 Snake Mountain Blues 2:36
B4 My Proud Mountains 4:59
B5 Why She's Acting This Way 5:32


Bass –- Charlie McCoy, Chuck Domanico, Harvey Newmark, Lyle Ritz
Drums –- Donald Frost, John Clauder
Flute -– Jules Jacob
Guitar –- Charlie McCoy, David Cohen, Jack Clement, James Burton, Mike Deasy Sr., Townes Van Zandt
Harmonica -– Ben Bennay, Charlie McCoy
Keyboards –- Charlie McCoy, Don Randi
Producer –- Jack Clement, Jim Malloy
Resonator Guitar –- James Burton
Vocals –- Townes Van Zandt

1983. I'm a sixteen-year-old rooting through lp cut-outs in an Alco store in Loveland, Colorado. I find an album called Our Mother the Mountain by a guy in a cowboy hat and Lennon specs with an odd name. I see no way this album could be any good and move on.

Sometimes, Fate is kind and gives you a second chance.

1984. I've discovered the local public radio station. The morning man plays an amazing song that captivates me. I catch the phrase "Our mother the mountain" in the song. I realize I made a serious mistake in Loveland. Later that year, I'm searching for blank cassettes in a hardware store. I find an 8-track tape for fifty cents: Our Mother the Mountain. I don't repeat my earlier mistake.

This is Townes Van Zandt's masterpiece and one of the finest collections of music ever released. There is not a trace of filler, and many of the songs are classics. "Tecumseh Valley" and "St. John the Gambler" have to be two of the most masterful story-songs out there. Relationships and their attendant complexities are documented quite well in "Be Here to Love Me," "Second Lover's Song," Like a Summer's Thursday," and "Why She's Acting this Way." "Our Mother the Mountain" sounds like a spooky folk song from the seventeenth century; "Kathleen" is just plain harrowing.

There's an otherworldly, unnameable quality to this music. It resonates through my entire being. I've never heard another album like it.

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Fat Possum Records
Color Black