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The Late Great Townes Van Zandt - Vinyl Record

by Townes Van Zandt

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180 Gram Audiogram Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed
The Late Great Townes Van Zandt is a 1972 studio album by Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. It was the second album that he recorded in 1972, and a follow-up to High, Low and In Between. The album includes the earliest recorded version of two of his best-known songs, "Pancho and Lefty" and "If I Needed You". The album also included several cover songs and a re-recorded version of "Sad Cinderella" from his 1968 debut album. Some reviewers point to this as an indication that Van Zandt's prolific writing was beginning to slow,[4] however, this was his sixth studio album in five years. The cover songs included one song by his close friend, Guy Clark ("Don't Let the Sunshine Fool Ya'"), one by a major influence, Hank Williams ("Honky Tonkin'"), and the Lawton Williams song "Fraulein". As a boy Van Zandt's father only agreed to buy him his first guitar after Van Zandt promised to learn to play "Fraulein".

The album has made several critical "best of all-time" lists. Stereophile included it as one of 94 honorable mentions that just missed their list of "The 40 Essential Albums".

1 No Lonesome Tune
2 Sad Cinderella
3 German Mustard (A Clapalong)
4 Don't Let the Sunshine Fool Ya'
5 Honky Tonkin'
6 Snow Don't Fall
7 Fraulein
8 Pancho and Lefty
9 If I Needed You
10 Silver Ships of Andilar
11 Heavenly Houseboat Blues

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180/200 GRAM Vinyl LP

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