Townes Van Zandt - Live at the Old Quarter
For whatever reason Townes never made much of a studio album (probably didn’t care to). They all seem too slick (strings, horns, etc.) that really distract from the headline, which was always was the song writing. Between this one and another live album (“Live and Obscure,” although even that has sax and flute accompaniment, but it somehow works!) we get Townes at his song and story telling best. The thing about Townes is that on these live albums he makes you feel like maybe he could have been your friend, and I think that just makes the music that much more special. It is amazing how you can feel so close to someone across decades, vinyl, and the great beyond.