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Texas Troubadour Box set

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B0007ODLCS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A deluxe 4-CD clambox set which includes all Van Zandt's seven studio albums for the Poppy and Tomato labels plus live songs from the 1973 live set 'Live At The Old Quarter' along with a 36 page booklet with full song notes. The recordings, 82 tracks in all, recorded between from 1968 to 1978, including the classic tracks 'Pancho and Lefty' and 'If I Needed You' encapsulate Townes' most creative period and underpin his awesome reputation which has grown ever stronger since his death at the age of 52 in 1997

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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Leven1 on 19 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Townes Van Zandt has a lot of CDs available and not all of them are good. Be careful what you buy. Check out the reviews and track listings on Amazon first. In my opinion there are too many later CDs which are just repacked old songs with little or no new material. I love his music but I am not prepared to pay full album price for one or two songs. Therefore I was unsure where to start with his back catalogue then I found this boxset.

The box set is amazing value. You get Townes first 7 albums (and arguabley his best) plus a live CD for £14. All of these CDs contain Townes songwriting at its most prolific and his best. The first CD contains his first two albums and is possibly the weakest (but by no means weak) of the set. This is because of his first album which was overproduced and they added in some questionable backing arrangements to Townes' songs. This is particularly noticable on the classics like Waitin Round to Die and Tecumseh Valley. This does not ruin the songs but it is not the way the songs were meant to sound (compare the 1st version of Tecumseh Valley from his first album on CD1 to the second version also on CD1 but from his second album) and by all accounts Townes himself was not overly impressed with the sound of his first album.

For those unaware of Townes, his songs vary between country, folk and blues. My personal favorites are when Townes' songs are at their most dark, vulnerable, fragile and beautiful. However, he also does some good upbeat numbers, talking blues and humourous songs. Townes was a poet and as such expect to find most songs filled with beautiful and intelligent lyrics. He was not the greatest singer in the world but his voice fits perfectly to his own songs and I have not heard any better versions of his songs than his own.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By O. MICHAEL on 2 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This promises to be the re-release of the year. This was originally released by Charley back in 2001. This looks as though it will be the second release, repackaged version, with 4 separate discs in standard jewel cases. The original release was in a folder/book form of box set and according to the Amazon site it had extra tracks over the 4 jewel case release. Either way as value for money goes this cannot be beaten, nearly 90 tracks covering his creative peak - all his output on the Tomato and Poppy labels. In total you are getting 8 albums for just over a pound a piece - which is unbelievable value. And to top it off these are some of the greatest country songs and albums ever recorded. There is starkness to the songs and honesty that you will not find in 99.9% of what comes out of Nasville these days. He is a song writer on par with Hank Williams and there are very few artists who deserve to be spoken of in the same sentence as him. If you are a newcomer to Townes this is a perfect introduction at a perfect price, if you are a fan, its a chance to replace that worn vinyl and chance to revel in his mastery again.

Original ReleaseTexas Troubadour
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This has been a collectors item for a few years now and its nice to see it back in print, and good that people dont have to pay over the odds for the collection - recommended totally!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. Pountney on 9 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This features all of Townes's early albums in one set. There's too many tracks here to mention, but each one is a gem! The CD box is also a full-colour booklet with containing biog, pic and music information.
Priced at around £15 it will be them best fifteen quid you've ever spent!

Features the original Poncho and Lefty.

If your a Townes fan you should also check out DVDs "Be here to love me" and "Heartworn Highways" documentaries featuring Townes.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Padhraic O' Connor on 5 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
An absolute MUST for anybody interested in furthering their love/knowledge of Americana music. If ever you've heard the name Townes Van Zandt mentioned and are feeling a hint curious about this songwriting marvel then go out and buy this. I bought it on a whim and have never looked back. And to quote Steve Earle "Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."
The extensive liner notes booklet is a nice bonus too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gavbflat on 3 Dec. 2012
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This box set is an absolute must for any fan of songwriting and country / blues. This set includes 7 of Townes Van Zandts first studio albums and a selection of tracks recorded at the Old Quarter. All I can say is that this is possibly the finest music ever produced, an absolute gem of a find! Buy it now
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Aa James on 3 Mar. 2013
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this is great value you have 7 studio albums plus some live material showing the full range
of townes talents ranging from blues ballads country and folk . He is difficult to classify
which is good he writes songs from the soul .the first 2 albums are ok but he seems to get
better on each following session . if you like a mix of lightining hopkins hank williams then
this comes through on certain tracks summing up he is well worth investigating if
you havent heard of him before
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DEANO. on 29 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Hello there, beautiful item to own. There are 4 CD's here, plus a detailed little book, I myself have'nt yet got past disc 1, I keep replaying it as it hits you with its honest beauty. The magic of this music I think is that you can keep returning to it, it does'nt lose its charm, probably down to it's poetic lyrics, well worth the loss of a few Moths from your wallet.
Deano.
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