Rear View Mirror

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1990, Townes Van Zandt was working on a three-CD retrospective for which he was re-recording much of his repertoire. That album never appeared, but in 1993, the tiny Austin-based Sundown label released Rear View Mirror, a 17-track album running nearly 58 minutes and containing newly recorded versions of Van Zandt songs dating back to 1968. Though a cover note claims "unique instrumentation," that seems to consist of only of an occasional second guitar and a fiddle. (Sparse applause indicates the recording had been made in a club.) Many of Van Zandt's best-known songs are included -- "Pancho & Lefty," "If I Needed You," "To Live Is to Fly," "Tecumseh Valley," and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1990, Townes Van Zandt was working on a three-CD retrospective for which he was re-recording much of his repertoire. That album never appeared, but in 1993, the tiny Austin-based Sundown label released Rear View Mirror, a 17-track album running nearly 58 minutes and containing newly recorded versions of Van Zandt songs dating back to 1968. Though a cover note claims "unique instrumentation," that seems to consist of only of an occasional second guitar and a fiddle. (Sparse applause indicates the recording had been made in a club.) Many of Van Zandt's best-known songs are included -- "Pancho & Lefty," "If I Needed You," "To Live Is to Fly," "Tecumseh Valley," and others -- and while this is not the best set of recordings of those songs, the tendency of Van Zandt's albums to go out of print might mean this is the only one you would find in your nearest record bin, in which case the album is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • UPC: 767981110721
  • Catalog Number: 1107
  • Sales rank: 45,654

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Townes Van Zandt Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Townes Van Zandt Composer, Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    YES YES YES.

    Love this reissue of Townes. Must have for my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    MUCH better than the editorial review makes it out to be!

    To me, this is the most essential TVZ album available. It was actually the first one I ever bought, and to this day, remains my favorite. Some "essential" songs may not be here, but from start to finish, it is his best work. The sparse arrangements are how Townes' songs ought to be. He sang in a slightly lower register, but unlike the live albums released from his last few tours, his voice was warm and inviting, even in the saddest of songs. <BR/><BR/>Someone once asked him why his songs were so sad. He said, "They're not sad, they're hopeless." But when listening to this, they are anything but: they make you appreciate the good side of humanity.

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