The Late Great Townes Van Zandt

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The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Studio album by Townes Van Zandt
Released 1972
Recorded Jack Clement Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country, Folk
Length 38:31
Label Tomato
Producer Kevin Eggers, Jack Clement
Townes Van Zandt chronology
High, Low, and in Between
The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[2]

The Late Great Townes Van Zandt is a 1972 studio album by Texas singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. It was the second album that he recorded in 1972, and a follow-up to High, Low and In Between. The album features his most famous songs, the Western outlaw ballad "Pancho and Lefty" and one of his best love songs "If I Needed You". The album also included several cover songs, the definitive version of "Sad Cinderella", and Van Zandt's most experimental track, the darkly psychedelic epic "Silver Ships of Andilar".

Critical acclaim[edit]

The album has made several critical "best of all-time" lists. Stereophile included it as one of 94 honorable mentions that just missed their list of "The 40 Essential Albums".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics and music by Townes Van Zandt unless noted otherwise:

  1. "No Lonesome Tune" – 4:21
  2. "Sad Cinderella" – 4:15
  3. "German Mustard (A Clapalong)" (Van Zandt, Rocky Hill) – 2:55
  4. "Don't Let the Sunshine Fool Ya'" (Guy Clark) – 2:25
  5. "Honky Tonkin'" (Hank Williams) – 3:44
  6. "Snow Don't Fall" – 2:27
  7. "Fraulein" (Lawton Williams) – 2:42
  8. "Pancho and Lefty" – 3:40
  9. "If I Needed You" – 3:44
  10. "Silver Ships of Andilar" – 5:07
  11. "Heavenly Houseboat Blues" – 2:51

Arranged by Chuck Cochran

Release history[edit]

year format label catalog #
1971? LP Tomato 7011
CD Tomato 269627
1994 CD Rhino 71242
1996 CD Capitol 53930B[4]
2003 CD Tomato 2010
2003 CD Charly 138
2001 CD Charly 215






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  3. ^ Robert Baird, Richard Lehnert and Robert Levine, "40 Years of Stereophile: The 40 Essential Albums", Stereophile November, 2002 (main article, "honorable mentions")
  4. ^ The October 1, 1996 Capitol reissue combined High, Low and In Between & The Late Great Townes Van Zandt onto a single disk.