10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Townes Van Zandt was never a prolific songwriter, and the recording studio was never his home. He preferred to be a traveling Texas troubadour in the spirit of the old folk and bluesmen who'd become a relic of the past. At My Window was Van Zandt’s only studio album of the '80s. It came out in 1987, nine years after 1978’s Flyin’ Shoes, and features nine new recordings and an update on “For the Sake of the Song,” the title track of his debut album. Van Zandt believed in keeping his sound honest, and his vocals ache with the existential pain of Hank Williams. The country-western arrangements that rely on acoustic guitar, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica have an unpretentious, down-home feel that leaves the sorrow of Van Zandt’s compositions exposed. The title track, “Ain’t Leavin’ Your Love," and “Buckskin Stallion Blues” went on to become live staples, but “Snowin’ on Raton,” “Blue Wind Blew," and “Still Lookin’ for You” are also up to Van Zandt’s high standards.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Townes Van Zandt was never a prolific songwriter, and the recording studio was never his home. He preferred to be a traveling Texas troubadour in the spirit of the old folk and bluesmen who'd become a relic of the past. At My Window was Van Zandt’s only studio album of the '80s. It came out in 1987, nine years after 1978’s Flyin’ Shoes, and features nine new recordings and an update on “For the Sake of the Song,” the title track of his debut album. Van Zandt believed in keeping his sound honest, and his vocals ache with the existential pain of Hank Williams. The country-western arrangements that rely on acoustic guitar, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica have an unpretentious, down-home feel that leaves the sorrow of Van Zandt’s compositions exposed. The title track, “Ain’t Leavin’ Your Love," and “Buckskin Stallion Blues” went on to become live staples, but “Snowin’ on Raton,” “Blue Wind Blew," and “Still Lookin’ for You” are also up to Van Zandt’s high standards.

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Ratings and Reviews

j_tso ,

It’s Townes, but definitely from the 80s

Personally, I think Townes Van Zandt sounds best alone with his guitar, not that I don’t like his arranged studio albums, some are quite good. It’s just that some of the songs in this album have extra instruments that sound frivolous; and I know it was fashionable at the time, but the saxophone in some of the songs (like Still Lookin’ For You) is terrible. The title is one of my favorite songs, but the one from the Be Here to Love Me soundtrack I thought was way better.

However, one track on this to definitely get is Buckskin Stallion Blues. If this was 1987 and I had to buy the whole album, that would almost make it worth it.

Coffeebeard ,

Best of his later years

This is a seamless album. He puts out some solid new material and rehashes a few old ones with a wiser, more worn voice and perspective that lends them an authenticity lacking in his younger days. The music is very good and is more uptempo than most Townes. Buy this album!

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