Release Date: 16 June 2014
Format: LP Vinyl
|Townes Van Zandt For The Sake Of The Song Limited Reissue 180gram Vinyl LP
Often referred to as "The Best Songwriter In The World" (an epithet foisted upon him by Steve Earle), singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt (1944 - 1997) was once described by the LA Times as "A cross between Woody Guthrie and Leonard Cohen".
However, despite his passionately-loyal (albeit minuscule) fanbase, legendary status and unconditional peer group approval, Van Zandt achieved virtually no commercial success with his own records during his lifetime, and he never recorded for a major label.
Due to the "complicated" legal mess into which his career and life descended, Van Zandt saw scant remuneration for the later hit recordings of his songs, by Emmylou Harris, Don Williams, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, and spent much of his life penniless, scuffling, and in debt. However, his body of work has continued to grow in stature since his death, and latterly there has been a huge revival of interest in his records. Van Zandt recorded eleven studio albums and a half-dozen or so live albums during his truncated career. Our reissue programme presents the best of these on 180 gram vinyl.
"Tortured", "misunderstood", "tragic", "self-destructive", "dangerous", "erratic" - living a life that was once described as 'classic Southern Gothic', Townes Van Zandt was all of these things and more. Among others, his songs have also been covered by Bob Dylan, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Robert Krauss, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Hoyt Axton, Ricky Skaggs, Nancy Griffith and countless more. Indeed, his remains one of the more remarkable songwriting legacies in 20th Century Americana.
For The Sake Of The Song
Many A Fine Lady
(Quicksilver Daydreams Of) Maria
Waitin' Around To Die
I'll Be Here In The Morning
The Velvet Voices
All Your Young Servants
Talkin' Karate Blues
Sixteen Summers, Fifteen Falls