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After Townes Van Zandt died at age 52 on New Year's Day 1997, what was left to do was getting his remaining recordings out to his cult audience; they consider him the best of the very best. Van Zandt didn't write as many songs in his last decade as he had in his youth, but the genuine feel of his live performances—nearly always done either solo or with one or two other musicians—made every show special, even on nights when he wasn't at his best. Van Zandt represented the old-school troubadour who kept playing for his living regardless of what else was going on in the world. These recordings are taken from European concerts, and while there are better Van Zandt live albums—Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas and Rear View Mirror come to mind—Abnormal is every bit a part of his legacy. "Two Girls" is sweet and aching. "Waitin' Round to Die," allegedly the first song he ever wrote, is his mission statement.

Customer Reviews

I knew of him, but now I know why

Went to itunes because of hearing dead flowers on a movie, wrote this review
because I thought somebody should. 'A Song For' is stunning. I have to get
some of this on my library for sure, and tell friends about this guy.


Born: March 7, 1944 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Townes Van Zandt's music doesn't jump up and down, wear fancy clothes, or beat around the bush. Whether he was singing a quiet, introspective country-folk song or a driving, hungry blues, Van Zandt's lyrics and melodies were filled with the kind of haunting truth and beauty that you knew instinctively. His music came straight from his soul by way of a kind heart, an honest mind, and a keen ear for the gentle blend of words and melody. He could bring you down to a place so sad that you felt like you...
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