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Last Rights: Life & Times of
Townes Van Zandt
Last Rights: Life & Times of
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Last Rights is an odd but enlightening "CD documentary" of the Texas singer-songwriter's life and work produced by Chinga Chavin, a crazed Texan in the Kinky Friedman mold. Given its sepulchral title and the fact that it w...  more »

      
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All Artists: Townes Van Zandt
Title: Last Rights: Life & Times of
Members Wishing: 12
Total Copies: 0
Label: Gregor
Release Date: 6/10/1997
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Outlaw Country, Classic Country, Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 637744129027

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Last Rights is an odd but enlightening "CD documentary" of the Texas singer-songwriter's life and work produced by Chinga Chavin, a crazed Texan in the Kinky Friedman mold. Given its sepulchral title and the fact that it was recorded the year before he died, this set has the feel of a farewell note. Throughout its 23 cuts, newly recorded solo versions of Van Zandt's best-known tunes--"Tecumseh Valley" and "If I Needed You" among them--are interspersed with poignant and honest comments. He tells the story of how he wrote "Pancho & Lefty" and explains how Lightnin' Hopkins influenced his music. The Hopkins interview snippet is followed by "Brand New Companion," the memorable tribute tune Van Zandt wrote to Hopkins using many of the Houston bluesman's most identifiable songwriting characteristics. Another highlight is a version of "Cowboy Junkies Lament," a tune he wrote to the Canadian band after a shared tour. The final interview segments offer wonderful insight into how bright and emotionally intuitive this irreplaceable songwriter really was. Ultimately, Last Rights is a valuable addition to any serious Van Zandt fan's collection. --Robert Baird

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Gone But Not Forgotten
Charles H. Cox | Rockdale, TX | 12/24/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Townes Van Zandt, put simply, was a poet and song writer extraordinaire. Besides the great music there are dialouge excerpts with Townes telling stories behind his music. The famed writer of 'Pancho and Lefty' also adds 'Cowboy Junkies Lament,' 'Marie' and 'Waitin' Round To Die.'To listen is to understand why he ranks as one of the favorites of Texas' newest generation of country music singer-songwriters such as Pat Green and Cory Morrow. He has been gone close to three years, but his legacy lives on through his music."