Rear View Mirror

Rear View Mirror

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by Townes Van Zandt
     
 
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

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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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Release Date:
01/22/2008
Label:
Fat Possum Records
UPC:
0767981110721
catalogNumber:
1107
Rank:
48019

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Rear View Mirror 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Townes Van Zandt died as a result of his hard living just as this collection was released. It contains many of his best known tunes performed live. The backing is solo or just a fiddle and second guitar. The sound is good although there seems to be a background hum on a few numbers. If you are interested in an introduction to TVZ, this is a good starting place. Beware the many posthumous collections.