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Our Mother the Mountain (Dig)
Townes Van Zandt
Our Mother the Mountain (Dig)
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Townes Van Zandt
Title: Our Mother the Mountain (Dig)
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Fat Possum Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 5/15/2007
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Outlaw Country, Singer-Songwriters, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 767981109022

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A "mother" of a masterpiece
Chris Edwards | East Texas | 05/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There will come a day when people outside of the country and folk music worlds will realize the universal genius of Townes Van Zandt. He was one of the best (maybe THE best) songwriters who ever lived, and this album is a great proving point.
The harrowing, sad songs ("Tecumseh Valley") are balanced well with the pastoral, beautiful ruminations ("Like a Summer's Thursday")."
Townes Sings Like an Angel
J. C. Pilley | New Zealand | 04/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Worth it for the glorious St. John the Gambler that has be one of the greatest performances of his career. The rest is also fantastic. A great starter album if you are new to Townes and an essential album in any collection."
One of the Best Albums EVER.
Old T.B. | Cheyenne, Wy USA | 11/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"1983. I'm a sixteen-year-old rooting through lp cut-outs in an Alco store in Loveland, Colorado. I find an album called Our Mother the Mountain by a guy in a cowboy hat and Lennon specs with an odd name. I see no way this album could be any good and move on.

Sometimes, Fate is kind and gives you a second chance.

1984. I've discovered the local public radio station. The morning man plays an amazing song that captivates me. I catch the phrase "Our mother the mountain" in the song. I realize I made a serious mistake in Loveland. Later that year, I'm searching for blank cassettes in a hardware store. I find an 8-track tape for fifty cents: Our Mother the Mountain. I don't repeat my earlier mistake.

This is Townes Van Zandt's masterpiece and one of the finest collections of music ever released. There is not a trace of filler, and many of the songs are classics. "Tecumseh Valley" and "St. John the Gambler" have to be two of the most masterful story-songs out there. Relationships and their attendant complexities are documented quite well in "Be Here to Love Me," "Second Lover's Song," Like a Summer's Thursday," and "Why She's Acting this Way." "Our Mother the Mountain" sounds like a spooky folk song from the seventeenth century; "Kathleen" is just plain harrowing.

There's an otherworldly, unnameable quality to this music. It resonates through my entire being. I've never heard another album like it."