Townes Van Zandt

Legend: The Very Best of Townes Van Zant

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This two-disc collection from the British label Charly provides a generous sample of some of Townes Van Zandt's best work with the independent labels Poppy and Tomato, both owned and run by Kevin Eggers. All the classic Van Zandt songs are here, including "If I Needed You," "Pancho and Lefty," "Kathleen," "St. John the Gambler," and "Tecumseh," along with well-chosen duets with such artists as Willie Nelson, Freddy Fender, Emmylou Harris, Kimmie Rhodes, Doug Sahm, and Kathy Mattea, plus a handful of live tracks. Van Zandt re-recorded his songs on many occasions, often in a live setting, and a clearer sense of his uniquely delicate and desperate vision is probably best provided on one of his live albums, although only by degree, since the tragic romantic isolationism at the center of all of his songs always leads down the same road. Imagine Hank Williams writing with the precision of a haiku, and then imagine Williams writing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, then imagine him taking it on the road with just an acoustic guitar. In the end, it doesn't matter which version of these songs you own. They all tell the same tragic story, with the same sad detachment, complete with the same demons, and they are all somehow necessary.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Townes Van Zandt 03:40 Amazon
2 Townes Van Zandt 03:38 Amazon
3 Townes Van Zandt 02:40 Amazon
4 Townes Van Zandt 04:17 Amazon
5 Townes Van Zandt 05:05 Amazon
6 Townes Van Zandt 02:39 Amazon
7 Townes Van Zandt 02:33 Amazon
8 Townes Van Zandt 02:43 Amazon
9 Townes Van Zandt 02:35 Amazon
10 Townes Van Zandt 03:02 Amazon
11 Townes Van Zandt 04:17 Amazon
12 Townes Van Zandt 05:14 Amazon
13 Townes Van Zandt 02:21 Amazon
14 Townes Van Zandt 02:39 Amazon
15 Townes Van Zandt 02:23 Amazon
16 Townes Van Zandt 03:13 Amazon
17 Townes Van Zandt 02:55 Amazon
18 Townes Van Zandt 02:45 Amazon
19 Townes Van Zandt 04:05 Amazon
20 Townes Van Zandt 02:53 Amazon
21 Townes Van Zandt feat: Willie Nelson 04:56 Amazon
22 Townes Van Zandt feat: Freddy Fender 03:45 Amazon
23 Townes Van Zandt feat: Emmylou Harris 03:19 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Townes Van Zandt 03:14 Amazon
2 Townes Van Zandt 04:40 Amazon
3 Townes Van Zandt 03:54 Amazon
4 Townes Van Zandt 03:11 Amazon
5 Townes Van Zandt 04:11 Amazon
6 Townes Van Zandt 02:13 Amazon
7 Townes Van Zandt 03:11 Amazon
8 Townes Van Zandt 02:19 Amazon
9 Townes Van Zandt 03:10 Amazon
10 Townes Van Zandt 03:48 Amazon
11 Townes Van Zandt 03:28 Amazon
12 Townes Van Zandt 04:22 Amazon
13 Townes Van Zandt 03:59 Amazon
14 Townes Van Zandt 03:11 Amazon
15 Townes Van Zandt 02:33 Amazon
16 Townes Van Zandt 02:50 Amazon
17 Townes Van Zandt 04:20 Amazon
18 Townes Van Zandt 03:19 Amazon
19 Townes Van Zandt 03:11 Amazon
20 Townes Van Zandt 02:33 Amazon
21 Townes Van Zandt feat: Kimmie Rhodes 02:54 Amazon
22 Townes Van Zandt feat: Doug Sahm 03:44 Amazon
23 Townes Van Zandt feat: Kathy Mattea 04:15 Amazon
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