Townes Van Zandt For The Sake Of The Song on 180g LP
Produced by former Sun Records legend Cowboy Jack Clement and recorded in Nashville, TN in the fall of 1968, For The Sake Of The Song was Townes Van Zandt's debut album. It appeared on the tiny Poppy label, owned by Van Zandt’s manager, Kevin Eggers; however, it received no marketing support and subsequently achieved no commercial success.
Moreover, in an endeavour to present Townes as a wholly contemporary performer, it tried to encompass folk, country and baroque rock - Van Zandt himself later described the album as "underground country" - and as a result it was sometimes criticized as having been ‘over-produced’. But in spite of its commercial feel, the songs shine through and Townes’ own vocals and acoustic guitar can readily be heard to good effect.
Three of the album’s strongest numbers - the title track, "Tecumseh Valley" and the chilling "Waitin’ Around To Die" - would remain in his repertoire throughout his lifetime, the latter attracting more than twenty cover versions.
Townes Van Zandt For The Sake Of The Song Track Listing:
1. For The Sake Of The Song
2. Tecumseh Valley
3. Many A Fine Lady
4. (Quicksilver Daydreams Of) Maria
5. Waitin' Around To Die
6. I'll Be Here In The Morning
7. Sad Cinderella
8. The Velvet Voices
9. All Your Young Servants
10. Talkin' Karate Blues
11. Sixteen Summers, Fifteen Falls