Townes Van Zandt
Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas


3.5
great

Review

by Time (Is) STAFF
December 1st, 2017 | 73 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist


A Guide on Folk Music – Volume III

Arguably one of the greatest American singer-songwriters of the 20th century, I’ve a lot of respect for the ever-lonesome Townes Van Zandt and what he did for folk and country music. I respect the way he adeptly juxtaposed blunt humor with down-to-earth commentaries and often let his own personality creep in, transforming his music into something more genuine. Portrayed as a tragic man handicapped by his own personal demons, Van Zandt thrived in a live setting more than he did confined to a recording booth, his records marred by excess unbefitting to his desolate, gentle style. Recorded in a hot, packed to the brim bar in July 1973, Live at The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas is considered by many to be the definitive work by the late musician, capturing the man himself doing what he did best – playing his music. There’s no flair or extravagance to be found, and his stage banter is moreso an acquired taste with his deadpan delivery; Van Zandt takes the stage, engages with his attentive audience, most of which had zero knowledge of his music before that night, and puts on a performance that is worthy of such critical acclaim. A ninety-minute setlist that contained several of his greatest works, such as “For the Sake of the Song”, “Lungs” and “No Place to Fall”, Van Zandt merely goes through all twenty-seven of that night’s selections like quicksilver and never looks back, taking his receptive bar patron crowd with him along the way. For Van Zandt, personally, The Old Quarter was a record that revived his career after a dispute between his producer Jack Clement and his old record label, Poppy; said dispute led to the shelving of his then-finished 7 Come 11 and a five-year period of relative inactivity on Van Zandt’s part. A revival much needed, Van Zandt viewed the success of The Old Quarter with cautious optimism, proclaiming he was “out of the chute on a brand new horse”. With a clean slate, the ornate, pastoral vibe The Old Quarter gives is telling, feeling as if Van Zandt and his music had been reborn that very night in Houston, Texas.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

last of November, first of December



Live at The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPCjd1boeUQ

Digging: Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel

theBoneyKing
December 1st 2017


17431 Comments


""""""""Folk""""""""

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you'd be dumb to think it isn't part of the folk canon

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also, for a so-called country obsessive, where's your rating on this ~quintessential country album~ ???

theBoneyKing
December 1st 2017


17431 Comments


Just bustin yer balls

Have only listened to his self titled

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

for shame, mr. country man!

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

click that fucking link right now and listen to this

theBoneyKing
December 1st 2017


17431 Comments


Post 1990 country > pre

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

outing yourself as a poser, I see



not only a base shoegazer, but a false country prophet to boot

theBoneyKing
December 1st 2017


17431 Comments


I mean it's no secret that I prefer alt-country/Americana to "pure" country

GhostOfSarcasticBtrd
December 1st 2017


6264 Comments


Who is a?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a fraud

grannypantys
December 1st 2017


2079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Post 1990 country > pre"



this obvious troll bait still gets to me

theBoneyKing
December 1st 2017


17431 Comments


What's with all the glorified soundoffs lately, what are you, Rolling Stone?

GhostOfSarcasticBtrd
December 1st 2017


6264 Comments


Yeah really, one per day asshole.

theBoneyKing
December 1st 2017


17431 Comments


Not trolling that's my honest opinion

The 70s country I've heard is great but the 90s and later stuff is what gets to me most.

theBoneyKing
December 1st 2017


17431 Comments


I mean no disrespect, I'm sure this is a lovely album :-)

GhostOfSarcasticBtrd
December 1st 2017


6264 Comments


Boney you always mean disrespect. You're an insolent, rage-filled young man.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


19068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I get by with meaningless technicalities, Ghost



truly the way to go

grannypantys
December 1st 2017


2079 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's it. Time for a good old fashioned Sput duel. Pistols at dawn.



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