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|Townes Van Zandt|
At My Window
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
The first and best album the late Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt made for Sugar Hill Records, this 1987 set mixes older material ("For the Sake of the Song") with fresh material (the instant classic "Buckskin Sta... more »
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The first and best album the late Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt made for Sugar Hill Records, this 1987 set mixes older material ("For the Sake of the Song") with fresh material (the instant classic "Buckskin Stallion Blues"). As is usually the case with Van Zandt albums, the originals shine. The funky "Ain't Leavin' Your Love" comes complete with an unlikely saxophone solo, while "Catfish Song" boasts the kind of gospel melody that marked this gentle, hard-living man as one of the finest songwriters to have ever worked in a country-folk vein. His voice--never the acquired taste of a Jimmie Dale Gilmore or Bob Dylan--had lost some of its certainty and range by this time. Fortunately, what's absent in reach is more than offset by a very appealing world-weary hue. This set features a raft of first-class supporting players, including bassist Roy Huskey Jr., fiddler Mark O'Connor, and guitarist Mickey White. Horn accents abound in the arrangements, and the whole session hangs together in a warm, rewarding way. Van Zandt's last studio album stands as his final bona fide classic. --Robert Baird
This music gets under your skin
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had never heard of Townes Van Zandt until three or four years ago when Rolling Stone offered four stars and a rave review for his then-new cd, "No Deeper Blue." To hear them tell it, that record was the best thing to come down the Pike in ages. I was intrigued and went looking for it. I was living in a little backwater Kentucky town and sad to say nobody had 'ol Townes in stock. I drove to Lexington and went to a cool cd store over by the University of Kentucky and found a bunch of his cds there, but they didn't have the new one. I figured, what the hell, if "No Deeper Blue" was as good as RS said, then his earlier stuff would probably be good, too.Boy, was it ever. I picked "At My Window" at random, took it home and stuck it in my machine and was blown away. To put it simply, Townes Van Zandt is a poet -- a great poet, the way Hank was, or Charles Bukowski was, or Bob Dylan was when he was writing the good stuff. I don't mean that TVZ sounds like any of these guys. I just mean that his words are honest and pure and powerful in the same way that theirs are. He writes lyrics from his heart and his gut and they stay with you for a very long time after you hear them. They resonate.I finally did get hold of a copy of "No Deeper Blue" in a music store in Boulder. Rolling Stone was right. It's a great album. Both of these cds hold a place of honor on my shelf."
Jack Clement at it again...
Jason Kennedy | Fort Worth, Texas | 06/12/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well, tarnishing Townes' first album, For the Sake of the Song, with overproduction and inappropriate arrangements was not enough for Cowboy Jack. No, he had to do the same thing, although in a little different manner, with different instruments, to At My Window. Before, it was mostly drums and percussion. This time Clement enlists the aide of the sax and flute and uses them in very distasteful arrangements. Almost every song after track 3 is marred. Clement should have learned his lesson the first time-Townes's songs should stand on their own. However, the poor production does not completely destroy the album and Townes songs still shine, albeit with just a little less lustre. While I wouldn't use this album to initate a new TVZ fan, it is still a welcome addition to the TVZ catalogue."
Jason Kennedy | 02/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Townes Van Zandt was one of the greatest poets who ever lived ........... the fact that he could set his magical words to music and play superb guitar and deliver their combined message in a haunting voice .... makes him totally unique among American folk artists. GET THIS CD! (and every other one as well)"