Townes Van Zandt ‎– The Nashville Sessions

Tomato ‎– none, Rhino Records (2) ‎– R2 71542
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1 At My Window
2 Rex's Blues
3 No Place To Fall
4 Buckskin Stallion
5 White Freight Liner Blues
6 The Snake Song
7 Loretta
8 Two Girls
9 The Spider Song
10 When She Don't Need Me
11 Pueblo Waltz
12 Upon My Soul

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Recorded at Jack Clement Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

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  • Barcode (text): 0 8122-71542-2 6
  • Barcode (scan): 081227154226

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CHARLY L 176 Townes Van Zandt The Nashville Sessions(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Charly Records CHARLY L 176 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
598.1079.29 Townes Van Zandt The Nashville Sessions(CD, Album) Tomato 598.1079.29 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
TOM-2007 Townes Van Zandt The Nashville Sessions(CD, Album, RE) Tomato TOM-2007 US 2002 Sell This Version
CHARLY F 834 Townes Van Zandt The Nashville Sessions(CD, Album, RE, RM) Charly Records CHARLY F 834 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version



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July 25, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

With the likes of Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson covering his material, there are many who’ll try and tell you that the world was robbed of a musical genus when Townes Van Zandt died in 1997. Now, if one were to say that a troubled selfish and self-destructive artist died in 1997, I’ll agree with you without a third thought. My second thought is that his self-destructive nature and insane actions are what got him noticed in the first place, failing that, those same attributes are what kept him in the limelight, just as fans went to see The Doors, hoping that Morrison would fall drunken off the stage, show up so zonked on acid that he could barely do a thing other than what came to him as second nature, or best of all, get himself arrested right their in front of everyone. Van Zandt wasn’t the only artist with problems, and he seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of William Burroughs by brandishing weapons and his displays of Russian Roulette, though Burroughs managed to kill his wife while shooting a glass off of her head, something that Townes managed not to do, though not by much.

Others have gone on to say that this album never saw the light of day for twenty some years due to Townes’ turbulent business arrangements ... and there were are again, face to face with a word like “turbulent,” which pretty much means that Townes’ was in no condition to conduct his own arrangements, with the upper hand being gained by those with clear heads. Probably most correct is that Townes suffered from depression, a description that gets laid on him like buttering bread, though the truth of the matter is that Townes took it to a whole new level, seeming to wear this diagnosis as a badge of honor, or at least an excuse for both the good and evil things he did. Discovered by the late and genus Mickey Newbury, who saw something in Van Zandt that he hoped would blossom into greatness, though it seems that Newbury missed the aspect that Van Zandt was trying to escape the despair he nearly inhaled with every breath, and created a song with every exhale.

Nashville Sessions is the missing link in the career of Townes Van Zandt, the album that nearly everyone was hoping for, the album that would allow them to forget who Van Zandt actually was for a brief moment, an album that’s filled with songs that seem larger than Van Zandt ever imagined them to be, an album of songs that will stand the test of time and critically carry the artist into the future ... nearly redeemed. This is an album of county songs that are interwoven with blues, an album that is distinctly one that belongs to Townes Van Zandt alone, yet is unlike anything he ever did before. And to that end, it’s probably a good thing that the release of the album took so long in arriving, as a breathing room of sorts was necessary for those of us who wasted our money purchasing concert tickets, and giving time for a new generation to discover his greatness, unassociated with his personality.

Nashville Sessions is one composed of songs Townes enjoyed most, one that owes much to the city of Nashville, and is named for. Nashville Sessions is also a testament to Townes Van Zandt finding a space between his breaths, between his inhale and exhale, and bringing forth, even if almost accidentally, the most splendid grouping of songs of his career.

Review by Jenell Kesler