Townes Van Zandt ‎– Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas

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Announcement 0:43
Pancho & Lefty 4:00
Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold 3:40
Don't You Take It Too Bad 2:50
Two Girls 3:40
Fraternity Blues 3:00
If I Needed You 3:30
Brand New Companion 4:26
White Freight Liner Blues 3:10
To Live Is To Fly 3:12
She Came And She Touched Me 4:03
Talking Thunderbird Blues 2:21
Rex's Blues 2:55
Nine Pound Hammer 3:20
For The Sake Of The Song 3:26
Chauffeur's Blues 4:31
No Place To Fall 3:03
Loretta 2:17
Kathleen 2:52
Why She's Acting That Way 5:40
Cocaine Blues 3:28
Who Do You Love 3:10
Tower Song 4:08
Waiting 'Round To Die 2:25
Tecumseh Valley 4:30
Lungs 2:22
Only Him Or Me 2:57

Versions (32)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TOM-2-7001 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album) Tomato TOM-2-7001 US 1977 Sell This Version
TOM-2-7001 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2x8-Trk) Tomato TOM-2-7001 US 1977 Sell This Version
2239-7001 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP) Tomato 2239-7001 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
TOM-2-7001 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album) Tomato TOM-2-7001 US 1977 Sell This Version
VIP-9541 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album) Victor VIP-9541 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
TOM-2-7001 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album) Tomato TOM-2-7001 US 1977 Sell This Version
VIP-9541 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album, Promo) Victor VIP-9541 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
TOM-2-7001 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album, Promo) Tomato TOM-2-7001 US 1977 Sell This Version
TOM-2-7001 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album, Promo) Tomato TOM-2-7001 US 1977 Sell This Version
7001 H, 8353 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(8-Trk, Album, Promo) Tomato, GRT 7001 H, 8353 US 1977 Sell This Version
5353-7001, 535 37001 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(Cass, Album, Club) Tomato, Tomato 5353-7001, 535 37001 US 1977 Sell This Version
2692402 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter Houston, Texas(CD, Album) Tomato 2692402 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
2692402 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter Houston, Texas(CD, Album, Promo) Tomato 2692402 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
LIKD 57 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP) Decal LIKD 57 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
2696401 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, RE) Tomato 2696401 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version
CD CHARLY 183 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(CD, Album) Decal CD CHARLY 183 UK 1989 Sell This Version
R271245 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(CD, Album, RE) Tomato R271245 US 1989 Sell This Version
TC LIK D 57 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(Cass, Album) Decal TC LIK D 57 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDGR 216-2 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Charly Records CDGR 216-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
BT 33062 Townes Van Zandt In Concert(CD, Album, RE) Brilliant BT 33062 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
TOM-3011 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xCD, Album, RE) Tomato TOM-3011 US 2002 Sell This Version
255 041 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter (Houston, Texas)(2xCD, Album, Enh, RE, 30t) CoraZong Records 255 041 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
SNAD 508 CD Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Charly Records SNAD 508 CD UK 2003 Sell This Version
TMT-3011 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Tomato TMT-3011 US 2004 Sell This Version
FP1118-2 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xCD, Album, RE) Fat Possum Records FP1118-2 US 2009 Sell This Version
REWIGCD57 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xCD, Album, RE) Domino REWIGCD57 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
FP1118-1 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Fat Possum Records FP1118-1 US 2009 Sell This Version
FP1118-1 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Fat Possum Records FP1118-1 US 2011 Sell This Version
Charly L 125 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP) Charly Records Charly L 125 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
FP1118-1 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) Fat Possum Records FP1118-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
FP1118-1 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gre) Fat Possum Records FP1118-1 US 2016 Sell This Version
FP1118-1 Townes Van Zandt Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Fat Possum Records FP1118-1 US 2016 Sell This Version

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mrgopal

mrgopal

July 20, 2021
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, TOM-2-7001
Mine is NM but plays with a soft crackle. Wondering if it is just the pressing. Anybody else have a really quiet pressing?
Turtlenews

Turtlenews

July 11, 2021
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, FP1118-1
Probably the worst sounding LP in my entire collection! Flawed from A to Z with surface noise from a most terrible pressing. Bloody awful all around. And it's a real shame because it was recorded on my birthday! Need a different copy ASAP, ugh....
tothetracks

tothetracks

March 28, 2021
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, RE, Gat, FP1118-1
My runout matrix matches but #20 is etched on both sides of sides A & B, #19 is on both sides of sides C & D.
Rosenberg

Rosenberg

January 25, 2021
edited 6 months ago
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, TOM-2-7001

Nice to have this record in NM state complete with original inner sleeves. Recorded live at The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas in July 1973 Brown (wrapping paper) inner sleeves with "stamp" Tomato 12" Quality Produce. I'm not a big fan of live recordings but this is definitely an exception, great album and a very nice pressing, expensive but worth every penny!

Source Wiki:
Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas is a double live album by Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. The recording captures Van Zandt in a series of July 1973 performances in an intimate venue Old Quarter. There is a strong critical consensus that this recording is among the most exemplary of Van Zandt's career.

Recording:
In July 1973, Van Zandt performed a string of shows over five sweltering nights at the Old Quarter bar owned by Rex ("Wrecks") Bell and Dale Soffar that were recorded on a portable four-track by Earl Willis, the album's producer and engineer. They would eventually be released four years later by Van Zandt's previous producer and manager Kevin Eggers on his new Tomato Records label. The liner notes describe the recording as the "Rosetta Stone" of Texas music. One can hear Van Zandt's influences in covers by artists like Bo Diddley, Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins, and country picker Merle Travis. Van Zandt's most famous works can also be heard, such as "If I Needed You" and "Pancho and Lefty" played to an audience not already familiar with these songs. The singer's laconic banter and corny jokes are also on full display. The album is also noted for the intimacy of the performance, with Van Zandt taking the stage alone and accompanying himself on guitar as he did thousands of times during his career. In the 2007 biography To Live's To Fly: The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt, John Kruth writes that Van Zandt played "to nearly a hundred folks per set, packed shoulder to shoulder within the bar's bare brick walls. The room was so jammed that it was impossible for a waitress to wend her way through the crowd to take drink orders. People had to pass money hand over fist and wait, in hopes that a mug of cold beer would eventually find its way back to them." Van Zandt is introduced by Dale Soffar and, after apologizing for the busted air conditioning, performs a gentle reading of "Pancho and Lefty", describing how he wrote the song while traveling near Dallas with Daniel Antopolsky. At the end of the song, the singer remarks, "I've never heard it so quiet in here." The photograph on the album cover was shot by Steve Salmieri.

Release and reception:
The release of Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas in 1977 followed a period of relative inactivity for Van Zandt, whose last album, The Late Great Townes Van Zandt was released in 1972. Van Zandt had recorded a follow up with the working title 7 Come 11, but its release was held up due to a dispute between producer Jack Clement and Poppy Records founder Kevin Eggers. When the live album finally came out it received euphoric praise from critics, who had bemoaned the overproduction on some of his earlier records. Sean Mitchell of the Dallas Times Herald commented, "Though this gifted songwriter has been a legend in and around the folk circuit of the Southwest for a decade, his albums have been harder to find than El Dorado." The LA Times hailed Van Zandt as "a cross between Woody Guthrie and Leonard Cohen." AllMusic writes that Van Zandt "could work magic in front of an audience under the right circumstances, and while a wealth of live recordings of Van Zandt have emerged since his passing on the first day of 1997, Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas ranks with the very best of his concert albums." Amazon.com opines, "It's not just his best live album, but maybe his best album, period." Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes told Van Zandt biographer John Kruth that he'd been given a copy of the album by Mark Olson of the Jayhawks and that the record "really spoke to me. I listened to it constantly while on a tour of Europe. In rock and roll people tend to forget about the importance of songwriting. Townes really inspired me to become a better songwriter. That motherfucker had his antennas up."

Van Zandt remained cautiously optimistic about his critical windfall, stating in a 1977 interview with Omaha Rainbow, "I kind of forgot all about them. Then Kevin Eggers took the tapes to a studio at Lima, Ohio, and came out with the record. It's okay. That's what went down and it's good to have. Getting that record out on Tomato meant to me that all the mire that the business end of my career got wedged into was finally evaporating. I was out of the chute on a brand new horse, right?"

gothiccentury

gothiccentury

January 21, 2021
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, TOM-2-7001
Looking for a loose first disc if anyone has one they could sell.
zeppelinrecords

zeppelinrecords

October 26, 2020
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, RE, Gat, FP1118-1
Avoid all reissues with Townes Van Zandt on Fat Possum Records - all pressed by Czech under par pressing plant GZ. Warped, unknown master sources and no name mastercutters - sounds flat and at best ok. Avoid.
benjaminjstevens1977

benjaminjstevens1977

June 3, 2020
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, FP1118-1

I have to say, after reading the other comments, i was worried. But..... My copy is perfect, No surface noise whatsover. I do agree with the paper sleeves however, they should be illegal.
radicalsalsa

radicalsalsa

May 15, 2020
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, FP1118-1
This pressing is actually not bad if you attempt to clean it properly with solution and a vacuum, United is horrible we all know but this actually sounds great once you get it cleaned up properly. I actually chalk it up to the horrible paper inner sleeves they used, it leaves horrible paper debris all over the record and scuffs the shit out of the record. Put it in a nice sleeve city diskeeper and you are golden.
tambrico

tambrico

May 12, 2020
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, FP1118-1

Love the album but this pressing is plagued by surface noise. Takes the enjoyment out of the listening.
nelson_iii

nelson_iii

July 14, 2019
referencing Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, 2xLP, Album, RE, Gat, FP1118-1
With the exception of the runouts, this pressing looks identical to the 2009 version (I think I bought this in 2016 during a Fat Possum web sale). My copy was filthy right out of the shrink but cleaned up nice. The only physical issue is the nice chunk of vinyl missing from the lead in groove on Disc 2 (watch out needle!). Plays fine otherwise with no sound issues.