Townes Van Zandt (1969), Southbound – Doc Watson (1966), Streetnoise – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity (1969), The Lady and the Unicorn – John Renbourn (1970), It’s a Beautiful Day (1967)

Townes Van Zandt is the third studio album by the American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, released in September 1969 by Poppy Records. It includes re-recordings of four songs from his 1968 debut album, including the first serious song he ever wrote, ‘Waitin’ Around To Die’. Townes Van Zandt was recorded at Bradley’s Barn in Nashville. The album consists of ten originals and showcase Van Zandt’s poetic lyrics and trademark, uncluttered fingerpicking. It also includes new versions of four songs from his first album For the Sake of the Song, primarily because Van Zandt was unhappy with the lush production these compositions were treated with when they were originally recorded. … In his 2007 book To Live’s To Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt, John Kruth writes that ‘(Quicksilver Day Dreams of) Maria’ is a ‘majestic waltz that reveals Van Zandt’s ultimate vision of feminine perfection’ while ‘Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel’ ‘relates a tale of bitter disappointment in intricate wordplay and metaphor, with a twist of spite that sounds inspired by Dylan.’ Kruth also speculates that ‘Don’t You Take It Too Bad’ could have been a hit on the soul charts if Ray Charles had gotten hold of it. AllMusic gives the album 4 out of 5 stars with William Ruhlmann stating, ‘As usual, his closely observed lyrics touched on desperate themes, notably in the mining ballad ‘Lungs’, but they were still highly poetic, especially the album-closing ‘None But The Rain,’ which reflected on a failed relationship.’ Regarding the use of drums on ‘Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel, the liner notes to the Charly Records reissue of the album observe that it ‘is one of only a handful of occasions in Van Zandt’s entire recorded catalogue where their sound fits comfortably within the context of the recording and also his composition.’ …”
W – Townes Van Zandt (album), Discogs (Video), YouTube: Townes Van Zandt [Full Album]

W – Southbound – Doc Watson, Discgs (Video), YouTube: Southbound [Full Album]

W – The Lady and the Unicorn – John Renbourn, Discogs (Video), YouTube: The Lady and the Unicorn [Full Album]

W – Streetnoise – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity, Discogs (Video), YouTube: Indian Rope Man (Live), Tropic Of Capricorn, Light My Fire

W – It’s a Beautiful Day, Discogs (Video), YouTube: It’s a Beautiful Day [Full Album]

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