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(Floating World) 31 tracks The influence of the Texan, who died in 1997, on the alternative... more

Townes Van Zandt: Down Home & Abroad (2-CD)

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The influence of the Texan, who died in 1997, on the alternative country scene was quite simply decisive.
His songs have been interpreted by numerous stars, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and even Bob Dylan. This double CD contains two live recordings - from 1985 in Johnson City, Tennessee, and from 1993 in Helsinki. Among the 29 tracks are some of his best-known songs, including 'Pancho And Leftyʼ, 'If I Needed Youʼ, 'Tecumseh Valleyʼ, 'To Live To Flyʼ, 'Flyin' Shoesʼ, 'Brand New Companionʼ, 'Don't You Take It Too Badʼ, 'Snake Mountain Bluesʼ and 'Mr Gold And Mr Mudʼ.

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van Zandt, Townes - Down Home & Abroad (2-CD) CD 1
01 Intro Townes Van Zandt
02 Dollar Bill Blues Townes Van Zandt
03 Pancho And Lefty Townes Van Zandt
04 Buckskin Stallion Blues Townes Van Zandt
05 No Place To Fall Townes Van Zandt
06 Talking Thunderbird Blues Townes Van Zandt
07 Mr Gold And Mr Mud Townes Van Zandt
08 If Ineeded You Townes Van Zandt
09 Snowing On Raton Townes Van Zandt
10 To Live To Fly Townes Van Zandt
11 Don't You Take It Too Bad Townes Van Zandt
12 Snake Mountain Blues Townes Van Zandt
13 Rake Townes Van Zandt
14 Fraternity Blues Townes Van Zandt
15 Colorado Girl / Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues Townes Van Zandt
van Zandt, Townes - Down Home & Abroad (2-CD) CD 2
01 Dollar Bill Blues Townes Van Zandt
02 Pancho And Lefty Townes Van Zandt
03 Brand New Companion Townes Van Zandt
04 Two Girls Townes Van Zandt
05 Lungs Townes Van Zandt
06 Rex's Blues Townes Van Zandt
07 Nothin' Townes Van Zandt
08 The Ribbons Of Love Townes Van Zandt
09 Kathleen Townes Van Zandt
10 The Cuckoo Townes Van Zandt
11 Brother Flower Townes Van Zandt
12 If I Needed You Townes Van Zandt
13 Pinball Machine (1st Verse) Townes Van Zandt
14 Tecumseh Valley Townes Van Zandt
15 Flyin' Shoes Townes Van Zandt
16 Don't You Take It Too Bad Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt Pancho And Lefty During the third week of February, 1973, Townes... more
"Townes Van Zandt"

Townes Van Zandt

Pancho And Lefty

During the third week of February, 1973, Townes Van Zandt's sixth album, 'The Late Great',shipped out of United Artists Records' five warehouses across the country. The austere, black-and-white gatefold sleeve was embellished with two photos and a little over one hundred words, its minimalism foretelling the content. Townes' music hadn't always been so perfectly framed, nor had he so successfully balanced light and dark. The arrangements on his earlier LPs had sometimes been prettified or overwrought, but this time the backing was more in keeping with the tenor of his music. The album's title was a joke that probably alluded to the fact that Townes had nearly overshot the runway several times. The front cover still-life was framed by Gothic type as if it were a funeral invitation. The back cover photo was the polar opposite; Townes was alive and buzzed. Poppy Records boss Kevin Eggers said that he came up with the title to generate a little interest. Most people didn't know Townes was alive; perhaps they'd take notice if they thought he was dead.

All the words expended on Pancho And Lefty have compounded more than unraveled its enigma. In concert, Townes would preface it with a story longer than the song itself of how he wrote it in a motel after devotees of Billy Graham and the Guru Maharaji had taken every hotel room in Dallas. Was it set in the past or present? Were Pancho and Lefty men or metaphors? Cosmic Butch Cassidys? Perhaps even Townes wasn't sure. Jack Clement, who'd dubbed trumpets on Johnny Cash's Ring Of Fire, added mariachi horns to one verse and strings to another. Neither was obtrusive, although Townes claimed that they went on without his say-so. Eggers wanted drums on the track but Townes refused. Emmylou Harris - a latter-day songcatcher, ferreting out obscure songs just as folklorists sought them in the mountains - recorded Pancho And Lefty in 1977. Six years later, it became a #1 country hit for the duo of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Since then hundreds of performers have recorded it, most recently the duo of Elizabeth Cook and Jason Isbell. Detail hounds note that the original 45 rendered the title as Poncho & Lefty and the original LP as 'Pauncho & Lefty,' Spanish clearly not being the first, second, or third language of anyone at Poppy Records.

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Tracklist
van Zandt, Townes - Down Home & Abroad (2-CD) CD 1
01 Intro
02 Dollar Bill Blues
03 Pancho And Lefty
04 Buckskin Stallion Blues
05 No Place To Fall
06 Talking Thunderbird Blues
07 Mr Gold And Mr Mud
08 If Ineeded You
09 Snowing On Raton
10 To Live To Fly
11 Don't You Take It Too Bad
12 Snake Mountain Blues
13 Rake
14 Fraternity Blues
15 Colorado Girl / Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues
van Zandt, Townes - Down Home & Abroad (2-CD) CD 2
01 Dollar Bill Blues
02 Pancho And Lefty
03 Brand New Companion
04 Two Girls
05 Lungs
06 Rex's Blues
07 Nothin'
08 The Ribbons Of Love
09 Kathleen
10 The Cuckoo
11 Brother Flower
12 If I Needed You
13 Pinball Machine (1st Verse)
14 Tecumseh Valley
15 Flyin' Shoes
16 Don't You Take It Too Bad