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Townes Van Zandt - The Late Great Townes Van Zandt

  by Daniel Cressey

published: 25 / 11 / 2015



Townes Van Zandt - The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
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In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Dan Cressey reflects on American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt's 1972 album 'The Late Great Townes Van Zandt', which has just been reissued in a remastered version with extra songs


Confusingly, at least for the listener not au fait with the lifestory of the American singer Townes Van Zandt, ‘The Late Great Townes Van Zandt’ album was released well before his death. Van Zandt went on to record numerous other releases between this 1972 album and his death in 1997. Many argue that he recorded few better though. What probably seemed a playful move at the time seems hugely sad in retrospect. The opening line of this album is equally mournful and disingenuous. “I’m ain’t going to sing no lonesome tune,” sings Van Zandt. Unless you wish to quibble over the double negative, this promise is immediately broken by the very song it is made in. Even when singing about coming home to his woman there is a tone of mournfulness to Van Zandt’s tales. The following track ‘Sad Cinderella’ is a crushingly woeful warning to a woman who has clearly slighted Townes at some point. Now he asks, after listing various travails that will befall her, “Will you stop and decide that it’s over?” There are moments of upbeat joy - ‘Don’t Let the Sunshine Fool Ya’ contains the (for Van Zandt) remarkably positive message that there’s “no reason in the world you can’t get by.” While Van Zandt never achieved huge fame in his lifetime, ‘The Late Great…’ includes the song that brought him major acclaim and attention. 'Pancho and Lefty#, a tale of banditry and betrayal, became a major hit when it was covered by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Extra tracks on this release include another version of that song, and three others. The remastered release of this album is a sad reminder of what the world lost when Van Zandt passed. But it also serves as a wonderful reminder of the body of work he left behind. If you have never heard of him before, you are truly in for a treat.



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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Townes_Van_Zandt


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