Townes Van Zandt ‎– The Best Of Townes Van Zandt - 1968-1972 Country Folk - Black Vinyl - Sealed 140 Grm 2LP

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Townes Van Zandt ‎– The Best Of Townes Van Zandt
Fat Possum Records ‎– FP1674-3
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, 140 Gram

USA & Canada
Oct 2019
Rock, Folk, World, & Country


A1 For The Sake Of The Song
A2 Pancho & Lefty
A3 To Live Is To Fly
A4 Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel

B1 I'll Be Here In The Morning
B2 St. John The Gambler
B3 If I Needed You
B4 Black Widow Blues

C1 Tecumseh Valley
C2 Flyin' Shoes
C3 Waiting Around To Die
C4 Lungs

D1 You Are Not Needed Now
D2 Tower Song
D3 Nothin'
D4 Rex's Blues

Companies, etc.

Licensed From – Universal Music Enterprises
Distributed By – Fat Possum Records
Manufactured By – Fat Possum Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Fat Possum Records, LLC
Copyright (c) – Fat Possum Records, LLC
Pressed By – Memphis Record Pressing – MRP1733
Mastered At – Pete's Room, Oxford, MS


Design [Package] – Kerri Mahoney
Lacquer Cut By – J POWELL
Mastered By – Clay Jones
Written-By – Townes Van Zandt

Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode: 767981167411
Matrix / Runout (Side A, runout): FP1674-1 SIDE A MRP1733 J POWELL A6
Matrix / Runout (Side B, runout): FP1674-1 SIDE B MRP1733 J POWELL B5
Matrix / Runout (Side C, runout): FP1674-1 SIDE C MRP1733 J POWELL C4
Matrix / Runout (Side D, runout): FP1674-1 SIDE D MRP1733 J POWELL D4

Townes Van Zandt'smusic doesn't jump up and down, wear fancy clothes, or beat around the bush. Whether he was singing a quiet, introspective country-folk song or a driving, hungry blues, Van Zandt's lyrics and melodies were filled with the kind of haunting truth and beauty that you knew instinctively. His music came straight from his soul by way of a kind heart, an honest mind, and a keen ear for the gentle blend of words and melody. He could bring you down to a place so sad that you felt like you were scraping bottom, but just as quickly he could lift your spirits and make you smile at the sparkle of a summer morning or a loved one's eyes -- or raise a chuckle with a quick and funny talking blues. The magic of his songs is that they never leave you alone.

Despite his warm, dusty-sweet voice, as a singer Van Zandt never had anything resembling a hit in his nearly 30-year recording career -- he had a hard enough time simply keeping his records in print. Nonetheless, he was widely respected and admired as one of the greatest country and folk artists of his generation. The long list of singers who've covered his songs includes Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson (who had a number one country hit with "Pancho & Lefty" in 1983), Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Nanci Griffith, Hoyt Axton, Bobby Bare, the Tindersticks, and the Cowboy Junkies.

Mickey Newbury, saw Van Zandt in Houston one night and soon had him set up with a recording gig in Nashville (with Jack Clement producing). The sessions became Van Zandt's debut album, For the Sake of the Song, released in 1968 by Poppy Records. The next five years were the most prolific of Van Zandt's career, as Poppy released the albums Our Mother the Mountain, Townes Van Zandt, Delta Momma Blues, High, Low and in Between, and The Late Great Townes Van Zandt. These included such gems as "For The Sake Of The Song", "To Live Is To Fly", "Tecumseh Valley", "Pancho & Lefty" and many more that have made him a legend in American and European songwriting circles.

Van Zandt moved to Nashville in 1976 at the urging of his new manager, John Lomax III. He signed a new deal with Tomato Records and in 1977 released Live at the Old Quarter, a double album -- and the first of several live recordings -- that contained many of his finest songs. In 1978 Tomato released Flyin' Shoes; the long list of players on that album included Chips Moman and Spooner Oldham.

Van Zandt didn't record again for nearly a decade, but he continued to tour. He moved back to Texas briefly, returning again to Nashville in the mid-'80s. During the early '80s, both "If I Needed You" and "Pancho & Lefty" became country radio hits. In 1987, Van Zandt was back in business with his eighth studio album, At My Window, which came out on his new label, Sugar Hill. By this time, Van Zandt's voice had dropped to a lower register, but the weathered, somewhat road-weary edge to it was as pure and expressive as ever. Two years later, Sugar Hill released Live & Obscure (recorded in a Nashville club in 1985), and two more live albums (Rain on a Conga Drum and Rear View Mirror) appeared on European labels in the early '90s. In 1990, Van Zandt toured with the Cowboy Junkies, and he wrote a song for them, "Cowboy Junkies Lament", which appeared on the group's Black Eyed Man album (along with a song the Junkies wrote for him, "Townes Blues").

Sugar Hill released Roadsongs in 1994, on which Van Zandt-covered songs by Lightnin' Hopkins, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and others, all recorded off the soundboard during recent concerts. At the end of that same year, Sugar Hill released No Deeper Blue, Van Zandt's first studio album since 1987. Van Zandt recorded it in Ireland with a group of Irish musicians. Van Zandt sang every song but only played guitar on one.

A year and a half after the release of No Deeper Blue, Van Zandt died unexpectedly on January 1, 1997; he was 52 years old.

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