Townes Van Zandt's debut album was quickly followed the next year by Our Mother The Mountain, with a similar collection of poetic country-folk songs. In terms of production things were toned down a bit - though stings, flutes and harpsichords could still be heard at points, they were more tastefully applied, and the dry, sparse sound which would soon come to define his music was starting to become apparent. In fact one song, "Tecumseh Valley", had already appeared on the first album in a different arrangement, and a comparison of the two versions shows a lot.
The album was another step forward in Van Zandt's rise as an underground songwriter's songwriter, with still no commercial success, but plenty of cult appeal.
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