Townes Van Zandt

Flyin' Shoes

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Townes Van Zandt - FLYIN' SHOES - CHARLYF836, Digitally remastered - Deluxe gatefold sleevePac CD edition Townes Van Zandt's 1978 debut studio album for Tomato Records was produced by the legendary Chips Moman at Nashville's American Studios & contains some of the Texas troubadour's strongest songs: 'When She Don't Need Me', 'Loretta', 'No Place To Fall' (later a Townes duet with Willie Nelson) and the haunting title track, plus an inspired cover of Bo Diddley's 'Who Do You Love'. Beautifully remastered & repackaged with full-colour booklet, sleeve notes, interview & full lyrics to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Townes Van Zandt's musical career. - Replica LP sleeve with original Milton Glaser designed artwork and Wood Newton photography. - 16-page fully illustrated CD booklet with sleeve notes by Lola Scobey featuring a rare Townes Van Zandt interview, photos and complete lyrics. - Part of Charly's 50th anniversary programme celebrating the start of Van Zandt's career. - All original Poppy and Tomato albums which Townes Van Zandt recorded at the peak of his career are being restored, newly remastered and lavishly repackaged and released on CD The death of Townes Van Zandt in 1997 at age 52 robbed the world of a troubled genius as well as one of America's finest songwriters. While his albums never sold in large quantaties, his reputation and popularity has grown greater by the year inspiring books, a documentary and renewed interest from the media, passionatly loyal fans and contemporaries such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris who have covered his songs to the upper-reaches of the American charts. "The poems that surround his sparse, functional melodies are seldom comfortable, always challenging. Townes Van Zandt straddles the country roots of Hank Williams and the folk balladry of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. In this company, he is certainly among equals."Richard Harrington - The Washington Post "From Neil Young and Willie Nelson, Bono and Bob Dylan (who reportedly once said that Townes was "in some ways the better writer") to Tindersticks and Mudhoney, songwriters and musicians speak of Townes with reverence." - MOJO MAGAZINE "The Van Gogh of country music." - GUY CLARK "He was one of the best songwriters of his genre there is." - STEVE SHELLEY, SONIC YOUTH "He was the best songwriter and most riveting solo performer I've ever seen." - STEVE EARLE "An effortless masterclass in emotionally effecting Americana". - RECORD COLLECTOR "One of the most impressive songwriters to emerge in the 70's. His extensive catalogue is sufficiently consistent to be recommended in its entirety." - ALL MUSIC GUIDE


1 Loretta
2 No Place To Fall
3 Flyin' Shoes
4 Who Do You Love
5 When She Don't Need Me
6 Dollar Bill Blues
7 Rex's Blues
8 Pueblo Waltz
9 Brother Flower
10 Snake Song