Townes Van Zandt - Our Mother The Mountain - 1969 C + W Folk Rock 180 Grm LP
Townes Van Zandt - Our Mother The Mountain
Label: Fat Possum Records FP-1090-1
Format: Vinyl, 180 Grm LP, Album, Reissue
Originally released in 1969.
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.
|Format||LP, 180 Gram|
|Label||Fat Possum Records|