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Be Here to Love Me (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Editors’ Notes

This is the official soundtrack to Margaret Brown's documentary about the life and music of Townes Van Zandt. It features several short bits of Van Zandt speaking ("I've Designed It That Way," "Wild Crazy Things," "I Just Had to Fall"), which add a narrative quality to what's essentially a career retrospective. Manager Harold F. Eggers unearths a few live cuts and alternate versions of well-known songs ("Black Crow Blues," "Nothin'," "To Live's to Fly") that are of obvious value to hardcore fans. Most of Van Zandt's best songs are here, and it's hard to quibble with anything chosen. In fact, with this collection and a live set—like Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (from which "Pancho and Lefty" is taken), Rear View Mirror, or Live and Obscure—most folks would have enough to understand the man's genius. However, all newcomers should be warned. This is heavy, existential stuff that dares to sing of dire situations. "Waitin' Round to Die" isn't for lightweights.

Customer Reviews

you found it.

these are the best songs you will ever hear. not sad just hopeless. waitin' round to die, rake, nothin they are here. see the movie buy the soundtrack and dig deeper. if you wanna let it all go or hang on little longer just listen. get some whiskey in you sit back and listen. it really doesn't get any more real.

very nice compilaton

IF you haven't been introduced to the magic that is the music of Townes van Zandt..this is a good place to start. "a songwriter's songwriter" Kris Kristofferson
"greatest songwriter who ever lived" steve earle
townes was a brilliant poet. if he speaks to you, this album will be a treasure

Yup

Steve Earle once said, "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." So now I have to like Steve Earle.

Biography

Born: March 7, 1944 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Country

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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