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Townes Van Zandt
For The Sake Of The Song [180 gram vinyl]

For The Sake Of The Song [180 gram vinyl]




Townes Van Zandt's body of work has continued to grow in stature since his death, and latterly there has been a huge revival of interest in his records.  Van Zandt recorded eleven studio albums and a half-dozen or so live albums during his truncated career.  Our reissue programme present the best of these on 180 gram vinyl.

Often referred to as “The Best Songwriter In The World” (an epithet foisted upon him by Steve Earle), singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt (1944 - 1997) was once described by the LA Times as “A cross between Woody Guthrie and Leonard Cohen”.  However, despite his passionately-loyal (albeit minuscule) fanbase, legendary status and unconditional peer group approval, Van Zandt achieved virtually no commercial success with his own records during his lifetime, and he never recorded for a major label. 

Produced by former Sun Records legend Cowboy Jack Clement and recorded in Nashville, in the fall of 1968, For The Sake Of The Song was Townes’ debut album.  It appeared on the tiny Poppy label, owned by Van Zandt’s manager, Kevin Eggers; however, it received no marketing support and subsequently achieved no commercial success.  Moreover, in an endeavour to present Townes as a wholly contemporary performer, it tried to encompass Folk, Country and Baroque Rock - Van Zandt himself later described the album as “Underground Country” - and as a result it was sometimes criticised as having been ‘over-produced’.  But in spite of its commercial feel, the songs shine through and Townes’ own vocals and acoustic guitar can readily be heard to good effect.  Three of the album’s strongest numbers - the title track, ‘Tecumseh Valley’ and the chilling ‘Waitin’ Around To Die’ - would remain in his repertoire throughout his life, the latter attracting more than twenty cover versions.

Side 1
1. For The Sake Of The Song
2. Tecumseh Valley
3. Many A Fine Lady
4. Quick Silver Daydreams Of Maria
5. Waitin’ Around To Die

Side 2
1. I’ll Be Here In The Morning
2. Sad Cinderella
3. The Velvet Voices
4. Talkin’ Karate Blues
5. All Your Young Servants
6. Sixteen Summers, Fifteen Falls

Release date: 16 June 2014 • available to pre-order now

For The Sake Of The Song [180 gram vinyl]

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