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Townes Van Zandt: For the Sake of the Song

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Artist: Townes Van Zandt
Title: For the Sake of the Song

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Artist: Townes Van Zandt
Title: For the Sake of the Song

1. Product Details

Townes Van Zandt wrote songs with an uncommon grace and poetic clarity and he sang them with a voice that was at once straightforward eloquent and mindful of the arid beauty of his images. A decade after Van Zandt released his first album there would be dozens of singer/songwriters following his example but he was a rather unusual commodity when for the Sake of the Song was released in 1968 and the albums production and arrangements occasionally suggest that Jack Clement and Jim Malloy didnt always know what to make of what he brought them. The 11 songs on Van Zandts debut are all fine stuff even the throwaway novelty Talkin Karate Blues at least brings a chuckle and the emotional force with which Van Zandt delivers Quicksilver Daydreams Of Maria Tecumseh Valley and the title tune belies the fact this was his first album. But on several tracks Clement and Malloy attempt to match the elusive mystery of Van Zandts music with overblown accompaniment and deeply echoey recording especially the cheesy chorus on the Velvet Voices the clichd Western accompaniment of Ill Be Here in the Morning the tinkling keyboards on Sad Cinderella and the rattling percussion of Waitin Around to Die. In spite of the occasionally misguided production for the Sake of the Song remains a classic debut. These songs make clear that Van Zandts genius was already fully formed and as both a composer and a performer he was a man of rare gifts even when the backing threatens to drown him out his gifts come shining through and for the Sake of the Song was an auspicious debut offering from a talent of the first order.

1.1 For the Sake of the Song
1.2 Tecumseh Valley
1.3 Many a Fine Lady
1.4 Quick Silver Daydreams of Maria
1.5 Waitin Around to Die
1.6 Ill Be There in the Morning
1.7 Sad Cinderella
1.8 The Velvet Voices
1.9 Talkin Karate Blues
1.10 All Your Young Servants
1.11 Sixteen Summer Fifteen Falls


H 0.10
W 12.29
L 12.59

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