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For the sake of the song ; &, Our mother the mountain
Van Zandt, Townes, composer, performer.
Publication Information:
[Guernsey] : Charly Acquisitions Ltd., [2014]

[London, England] : Marketed & distributed by Snapper Music plc., [2014]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact discs.

All tracks written by Townes Van Zandt.

For the sake of the song originally released in1968 on Poppy Records PYS 40001; Our mother the mountain originally released in 1969 on Poppy Records PYS 40004.
For the sake of the song: For the sake of the song -- Tecumseh Valley -- Many a fine lady -- Quicksilver daydreams of Maria -- Waitin' around to die -- I'll be there in the morning -- Sad Cinderella -- Velvet voices -- All your young servants -- Talkin' karate blues -- Sixteen summers, fifteen falls -- Be here to love me -- Kathleen -- She came and she touched me -- Like a summer Thursday -- Our mother the mountain -- Second lovers song -- St. John the gambler -- Tecumseh Valley -- Snake Mountain blues -- My proud mountains -- Why she's acting this way.
Added Title:
Our mother the mountain.
Format :
Music CD


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COUNTRY .V217 FO-1 Compact Disc Central Library
COUNTRY .V217 FO-1 Compact Disc Audio Visual
COUNTRY .V217 FO-1 Compact Disc Branch Audiobook CD

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Townes Van Zandt was a one-of-a-kind artist who blazed a new trail for singer/songwriters, conjuring a sound that combined elements of country and folk with his own artful melodic sensibility, matched with lyrics that were personal, poetic, and impressionistic while remaining firmly down to earth. A new breed of Texas singer/songwriters followed Van Zandt's example, and it's all but impossible to imagine artists like Guy Clark, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, or Steve Earle finding their voice without his guiding influence. This two-disc set features Van Zandt's first two albums, 1968's For the Sake of the Song and 1969's Our Mother the Mountain. While both albums suffer from production that's somewhat intrusive, featuring tricked-up arrangements that take away more than they add to the songs, they feature some of Van Zandt's signature songs, including "Tecumseh Valley," "(Quicksilver Dreams Of) Maria," "I'll Be There in the Morning," "Kathleen," "Be Here to Love Me," and "My Proud Mountains," and Van Zandt's own performances are strong and compelling; while a number of great artists have covered his songs, Van Zandt always remained the canniest interpreter of his own material. These two albums don't represent Van Zandt's best recorded work, but they capture the young artist when he was fresh to recording and eager to present his work to the world; these albums are essential to anyone interested in Van Zandt's work, making this a wise purchase for those introducing themselves to his songs. ~ Mark Deming