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Flyin’ Shoes – Townes Van Zandt

Townes Van Zandt Flyin' Shoes

Flyin’ Shoes

(1978), 8/10
Caught up in legal issues between Van Zandt’s producer and his record company manager, Van Zandt didn’t record an album for five years. When Flyin’ Shoes emerged it featured material from an aborted 1973 album named 7 Come 11. Van Zandt had a broken hand during recording, but producer Chips Moman provided a state of the art Nashville sound with musicians like Spooner Oldham and Randy Scruggs, and Flyin’ Shoes instantly sounds more commercial and well thought out than Van Zandt’s earlier efforts. It’s also one of his strongest and most consistent sets of songs; the first side in particular is stacked with quality compositions. The upbeat opener ‘Loretta’ is energetic, while there’s a fun cover of ‘Who Do You Love?’ There’s also the more typically downbeat songs like the eerie title track, and the meditative ‘No Place To Fall’. The second side is weaker, but there’s still enough to make Flyin’ Shoes one of Van Zandt’s most worthwhile studio efforts.

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