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(Fat Possum Records) 11 Tracks - Digipack -  To mark the 75th birthday of the great... more

Townes van Zandt: Sky Blue (CD)

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To mark the 75th birthday of the great singer/songwriter, Fat Possum releases unpublished acoustic recordings made 46 years ago, including two never-heard pieces. 

I met Townes when I played drums with Steve Earle from 1973-1974. Townes was successful, had released some good albums. I thought he had a great house with some fancy cars outside the door. 

When we got there, we saw an old trailer with no windows, no furniture, a mattress in the bedroom, a couch and some chickens running around. Then I knew he was all about the music.'' - Drummer Leland Waddell on his first meeting with Townes Van Zandt, who was living in Clarksville with his wife Cindy in a rotten caravan.

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van Zandt, Townes - Sky Blue (CD) CD 1
01 All I Need Townes van Zandt
02 Rex's Blues Townes van Zandt
03 The Hills Of Roane County Townes van Zandt
04 Sky Blue Townes van Zandt
05 Forever For Always For Certain Townes van Zandt
06 Blue Ridge Mtn Blues (Smoky Version) Townes van Zandt
07 Pancho And Lefty Townes van Zandt
08 Snake Song Townes van Zandt
09 Silver Ships Of Andalar Townes van Zandt
10 Dream Spider Townes van Zandt
11 The Last Thing On My Mind Townes van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt Pancho And Lefty During the third week of February, 1973, Townes... more
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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 - Sky Blue (CD) CD 1
01 All I Need
02 Rex's Blues
03 The Hills Of Roane County
04 Sky Blue
05 Forever For Always For Certain
06 Blue Ridge Mtn Blues (Smoky Version)
07 Pancho And Lefty
08 Snake Song
09 Silver Ships Of Andalar
10 Dream Spider
11 The Last Thing On My Mind