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Townes Van Zandt In The Beginning - vinyl LP



12 inch 33 rpm vinyl LP

Fat Possum Records, 2010

The songs on In the Beginning were recorded in his first Nashville recording sessions in 1966, pre-dating the release of For the Sake of the Song by two years. Eight of these ten songs was recorded with Van Zandt playing solo on his guitar. All of them are quite revealing, not just for the obvious lyric and melody reasons, but for his guitar playing abilities; he was a considerable flatpicking talent and picked up his idol's, fellow Houstonian Lightin’ Hopkins', trademark stutter shuffle as well. The blues are as present Van Zandt's tunes as folk and country were.


Black Widow Blues

Maryetta's Song

Hunger Child Blues

Gypsy Friday

Waitin' For The Day

Black Jack Mama

When Your Dream Lovers Die

Colorado Bound

Big Country Blues

Black Crow Blues