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  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B000089AQO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Announcement
2. Pancho The Lefty
3. Mr. Mudd The Mr. Gold
4. Don't You Take It Too Bad
5. Two Girls
6. Fraternity Blues
7. If I Needed You
8. Brand New Companion
9. White Freight Liner Blues
10. To Live Is to Fly
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. For the Sake of the Song
2. Chauffeur's Blues
3. No Place to Fall
4. Loretta
5. Kathleen
6. Why She's Acting This Way
7. Cocaine Blues
8. Who Do You Love
9. Tower Song
10. Waiting 'Round To Die
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. FAVER on 2 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The reissue of this album has been delayed for so long I was beginning to think it would never appear ! It was the one missing piece in the selction of Townes' work released on the Charly label. You could argue with some justification that his best stuff was released on this label.
As for live albums, Townes is a little inconsistent, I'm afraid. This one makes a mockery of this inconsistency. The Texas Old Quarter is a minscule brick venue. Good on atmosphere but probably lacking in accoustics, especially when full to the brim on a hot summer night.
Not so ! Here Townes rattles through a superb accoustic set which includes some of his very best songs (Pancho & Lefty, Kathleen and Tecumseh Valley to name but 3). The recording quality is actually stunning, considerinf the limitations of age and venue. The performance is stirring and passionate. You really get a feel for the myriad of emotion and feelings that went into making this man the troubled genius that he clearly was.
Townes Van Zandt is, in the words of Bob Dylan, the finest songwriter ever to live and this is the closest that you will get to experiencing those songs the way that the man himself would have wanted.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cedric Daniels on 14 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I started my Townes van Zandt initiation with the live at the old quarter double CD. If you're reading this review it probably means that you're lucky, because you haven't listened to the CD (or probably don't know him, because as far as I am concerned, if/when you start, you're hooked)

I am not a folk music specialist at all, so I will compare him to Ray Davies (of the Kinks) for lyrics' intelligence, fun and spirituality, or the best of Dylan or Springsteen for his moody pieces. the music and singing in unique "raconteur" style are deceptively simple but v sophisticated: in short a true master.

As for the concert, it takes about 1/2 second to be immersed in a one of a kind atmosphere, from the hosts's announcements/crowd reactions to Townes's bawdy jokes. You feel like you're there(and wish you could)

The Old Quarter concert shows Townes in full form as the incredible composer, lyricist, guitar player("picker") alternating moody, spiritual and v. funny songs (taking the mickey out of fraternities or telling tall tales of his alcohol-fueled evenings).

Be ware though, this is highly addictive stuff: I was soon buying the 4-CD Texas Troubadour and alternating in frantic fashion between them (with some rare sanity breaks for classic Dylan)

Go buy it, download it steal it or get your friends to offer it to you and share it, you won't regret it (unless you're deaf of course)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hail Aroma on 25 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am still very new to Townes music. I heard of him through Steve Earle's cover album.
Clean, clear, immediately accessible songs. They all hold a depth of emotion which is more than the tunes and lyrics should add up to. Amazing stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
On a July evening in 1973, long before Townes Van Zandt`s death on New Year`s Day `97 at the tragically young age of 52, the sublime singer-songwriter gave a live concert at a seedy, sweaty dive atmospherically named The Old Quarter in Houston, Texas. Here it is, over two discs. It includes many of his best, and best-known, songs, including If I Needed You, Pancho & Lefty, To Live Is To Fly, She Came And She Touched Me, No Place To Fall, Waiting `round To Die, the incredible For The Sake Of The Song, and two songs to ladies, Loretta and Kathleen, the latter a heartbreaking ballad.
Townes did heartbreak as poignantly as anyone. He had one of those rare bittersweet voices I love (Jackson Browne and Sandy Denny have the same melancholy grain to their voices that gets me every time) and he was a songwriter whose compositions will be played and sung as long as there are ears to hear and throats to sing.
There are even a couple of Dylanesque talking blues here, as well as a very funny, delightfully rude joke!
Townes was and is held in high esteem by his fellow folk/country singers - in particular perhaps Steve Earle, who named his first son Justin Townes Earle in tribute to his friend. It`s a damn shame that this massively talented man wasn`t more lauded in his lifetime. Like Nick Drake or Tim Hardin, he`s missed now...now it`s too late for him to know about it. But what a legacy of great songs, sung in an almost apologetic, downbeat baritone, an unaffected voice which insinuates itself into your life the more you listen to it.
This is, as far as I know, the only live album by The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, as one of his studio albums was ironically, and presciently, called. As such it`s a precious memorial to a unique songwriter, shy singer and much-missed artist.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ray Carrick on 21 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Townes is an excellent songwriter. His material has been covered by Doc Watson, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Emmy Lou Harris and many others. So there's anough said on that subject elsewhere. But what has frustrated me is that many of his recordings are pretty variable. Listening to this collection, it becomes clear that this is how the songs were meant to be: Townes with a guitar on stage and that's it. There's a rawness to the music which gets lost when he goes into a studio and too much production gets added. On too many of his recordings the songs are prettyfied and in that process they loose their real soul. So that's the real strength of the recording. It's the songs as they were meant to be, warts and all. So if you're looking for a Townes recording, I'd suggest forgetting all the studio albums and the other live ones and go for this. This is the best collection of Townes songs I've heard. If you're already a Townes fan and have a good collection of his recording then, with apologies to your bank balance, this really is worth adding.
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