Texas Troubadour Box set
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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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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.Read more ›
Original ReleaseTexas Troubadour
2nd Release Texas Troubadour
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!
The extensive liner notes booklet is a nice bonus too.
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.
I would recommend this collection to not just country music fans, but to all fans of great songs delivered with authenticity and emotion. There are so many great numbers on this collection of 7 albums and some added live tracks that the price is worth it for even a third of what you get.
On top of which Pancho and Lefty is a genuine work of genius and one of the finest country songs ever written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The essential Townes collection and a perfect introduction to this absolute legend.Published 5 days ago by shashamane
Bit of a disappointment really, only bought it because Steve Earle said he's the bee's knees. Didn't do it for me though. You might find my copy on eBay.Published 7 months ago by Rick Jay
Excellent collection - well worth the price, and showcases TVZ's music perfectly.Published 8 months ago by graham bennett
The wonderful songwriting of a master of American music shown at it's very best.Published 13 months ago by Jessica R