For The Sake Of The Song CD
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This was not surprising because his producer on his debut album was the legendary Jack Clement of Sun Records, the producer of Johnny Cash and the man responsible for the Jerry Lee Lewis classic "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On".
But Townes Van Zandt was not a rock 'n' roller or even a country singer. He was a sensitive young folk singer songwriter who had been diagnosed as a manic depressive with schizophrenic tendencies. But as a singer songwriter he possessed a singular talent and in 1968 he stood with Bob Dylan and Paul Simon in the order of folk artists. Jack Clement understood this and despite not having worked with anyone quite like Townes he managed to draw from him the essence that made him unique although accusations persist that some tracks were overproduced.
He never had a hit record but his songs have been recorded by Nanci Griffith, Mickey Newbury, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, The Cowboy Junkies and Merle Haggard and are testament to the esteem in which he was held.
The songs on this album are minor masterpieces of aching beauty and his voice conveys the emotions of his songs in a way that is haunting, beguiling and sad, so sad. He used language to express his images of life in a way that was unique at the time:
The violinist will play "until the mountains ring, of lonely laughter blindly thrown, across an endless arc of string."
Townes Van Zandt died in 1997 but he left behind a body of work that deserves to be heard and remembered.
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Truly this man is the reigning saint of the movement that seemed to evolve in the early to mid-seventies, with the Flatlanders, Guy Clark, and Billy Joe Shaver, and which continues with Robert Earl Keene, Steve Earle, Buddy and Julie Miller, the Cowboy Junkies and Dwight Yoakam. Nothing better than drinking from the source...
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