November 8, 2008

WARREN ZEVON

Warren ZevonImage via WikipediaWhat's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear his name?

For me, I have a vague feeling that he wrote some good music but I'm not exactly sure what. And then I think of Werewolf of London. Well, I'm here to tell you there was much, much more to Warren than that.

I received an advance copy of the upcoming release of "Warren Zevon" which came with a well written biography of his life. After reading that the songs on the CD came alive for me. Here is a brief summary:

Warren Zevon moved to Spain in the summer of 1975, dropping out of the music business after nearly a decade. During his self-imposed exile, he performed regularly at the Dubliner, a colorful bar owned by a former mercenary who helped Zevon pen the classic "Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner." Zevon's luck changed when his friend Jackson Browne contacted him about a recording deal. He signed with Asylum Records in 1975 and began recording his major-label debut, WARREN ZEVON. Today, many consider his self-titled album a high water mark not only for Zevon, but for the decade as well.


The songs are personal and the music is good. He's a good storyteller and I found myself wishing I would have paid more attention to him back then. I recommend it. I am giving away my copy to the first person who requests it. Leave me a comment and be sure I have your email address :)

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 11!

WARREN ZEVON (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)

Track Listing

Disc 1

1. "Frank And Jesse James"

2. "Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded"

3. "Backs Turned Looking Down The Path"

4. "Hasten Down The Wind"

5. "Poor Pitiful Me"

6. "The French Inhaler"

7. "Mohammed's Radio"

8. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"

9. "Carmelita"

10. "Join Me In L.A."

11. "Desperados Under The Eaves"


Disc 2 (Previously Unissued)

1. "Frank And Jesse James" (Solo Piano Demo)

2. "The French Inhaler" (Solo Piano Demo)

3. "Hasten Down The Wind" (Band Demo)

4. "Carmelita" (1974 Demo)

5. "Mohammed's Radio" (Solo Piano Demo)

6. "Backs Turned Looking Down The Path" (Take 1 - 1/28/76)

7. "Join Me In L.A." (Take 2 - 11/20/75)

8. "Poor Pitiful Me" (Alternate Version)

9. "Frank And Jesse James" (Alternate Version)

10. "Mohammed's Radio" (Take 2 - 11/6/75)

11. "The French Inhaler" (Take 1 - 1/13/76)

12. "Carmelita" (Alternate Version)

13. "Desperados Under The Eaves" (Take 2 - 1/13/76)

14. "Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded" (Live WMMS 10/13/76)

15. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" (Alternate Version)




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9 comments:

Thevan said...

This is exactly why i love LCR!
i'm introduced to songs that i'd never haf listend if i were not here browsing.

i'm at this very moment listenin to 'back in hi life' and its lovely!

and the FREE(i love this word) copies, dont sppose i cud get it, can i? it'd be awesome if those were soft copies!

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Thevan, I don't think I can legally give you soft copies, but I can mail you the CDs. I think you're in another country....but if its not outrageously expensive I don't mind. Sharing music gives me joy :)

Thevan said...

AWWWW! thats soooo nice of u! well, i'm in australia atm. if it happens to be expensive, nvm then. but thx anyway fer such great generosity! it made my day!

Jwonderboy said...

If nobody else steps up, I would love this. I am a big fan and this sounds great.

nobody's_fool said...

I'm not lobbying for the cds; I just wanted to say that Warren Zevon was one of the most talented and gifted songwriters of our generation. It's a shame that the majority of music fans only know him from a couple of songs.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Jim, the CDs will be making their way to the other side of the world to Thevan. Sorry!!!

Nobody's, its very sad when that happens. I am glad that Jackson Browne and Warren's son put this project together.

carlozzi006 said...

I have always been a huge fan of Warren Zevon. I was introduced to his music at a young age and have loved him ever since.

Werewolves of London, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner, Lawyers Guns and Money, Mohammad's Radio, and Poor Poor Pitiful Me are some of my favorites.

The tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich is definitely worth a listen if you haven't already. Highlights include Adam Sandler's Werewolves of London and Jackson Browne's Poor Poor Pitiful Me,

peach said...

Lawyers, Guns and Money. That is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Zevon. You're right, he is a good writer and I love his voice.

Linda Lou said...

Oh my God, I LOVE Warren Zevon! I hadn't heard of this most recent CD, but I'll buy it even though I already have most of the songs. If you dig WZ, you'll have to read "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon" written by his ex-wife, Crystal Zevon. Poor Warren had his demons, and poor Crystal dealt with them for quite some time. The book is a juicy, yet respectful, read. Great to connect with other Warren Zevon fans!

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