Towne's voice is so worn and beautiful, especially when it breaks when reaching for a note telling of a hard life living the walk he talks. There are a couple of great Hank Williams Sr. It's a shame that this creative genius isn't still with us. One person found this helpful. This is my favorite cd by Townes. I like his voice better when he was older. Excellent, heart felt songs. The only one I was a little disappointed with was his version of "Dublin Blues".
Guy Clarkes version was far superior. I especially like this version of "No Deal" and "Lost Highway". I recommend this album.
I love this music. But other than that it is still a great cd. I love this music, thanks, Javier. First off, the CD was very difficult to find. There was a bit of delay in the shipment, but that could be because it came from Germany. I'm willing to give The Book Community the break on that one. It was through dealing with their Customer Service through Amazon that they truly showed how good they were.
They were prompt in responding to my questions and did an excellent job throughout the process. If you want to experience the Townes Van Zandt of strong voice and nimble guitar pickin', go straight for one of his early live recordings.
However, if you want an exceptional live document from the end of Townes' career, where he "wore his skin like iron" and his "breath was hard as kerosene," then this is the cd for you. To hear the aged Townes sing a song like "Lost Highway" with its lyric "O'er a life of sin, I paid the cost," you can't help but feel like that man understood those lyrics like no other, and it's a kick in the gut.
His version of "Ira Hayes" will tear you to pieces, and the song "Highway Kind" will leave you slack-jawed. It's the honesty of these recordings - warts and all - that leave me in amazement, because after all those hard years, Townes was running strictly on emotion. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries.
Translate all reviews to English. Passionate, sad and unexpectedly humorous. After an artist's death there is often a rush to flood the market with recordings which are frequently of dubious quality. This is one of the two live recordings of Townes Van Zant I feel is worth getting. The other is " Live at the Old Quarter ". Don't expect superlative singing or playing on this.
By this time, shortly before his death, Townes bad habits had really taken a toll on him and he was reportedly walking around on a broken hip he was heavily self medicating himself for. But there are moments of unexpected humour and passion along with the expectable bleakness on this. The darkest track, "The Hole" is riveting and is alone worth the purchase price. Not a listen for when you're feeling fragile but an unflinching encapsulation of Townes in his final days and worth seeking out.
Report abuse. Or perhaps he simply recorded every show he did, just in case, always ready to make Alan Lomax proud. Nevertheless, another result of this steadfast dedication to documentation is The Highway Kind.
Again, Van Zandt wanders through honky tonks and cowboy bars across America and Europe, band in tow, heart on sleeve. This collection of tunes is comprised of a mixed bag of originals and covers, all with that ever-present common thread of lonesomeness figuring prominently, in one fashion or another.
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