TOWNES VAN ZANDT A Gentle Evening With Townes Van Zandt (Dualtone) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
If tale-spinner Townes Van Zandt ever told anyone that he played Carnegie Hall, no one would've believed him. But the proof is here in this pristine live recording that dates back to November 26, 1969, when the influential singer/songwriter was just 25. Although he'd been playing around Houston for three years by then, the green-sounding Van Zandt was still searching for his own voice, with Lungs and the harrowing Tecumseh Valley the only real indication of the soul-shaking brilliance that would follow. His jokes, however, would never improve.