Warren Zevon (Coll) (Rmst)

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Review Text Warren Zevon was a ten-year music industry veteran who had written songs for the Turtles, backed up Phil Everly, done years of session work, and been befriended by Jackson Browne by the time he cut his self-titled album in 1976 (which wasn't his debut, though the less said about 1969's misbegotten Wanted Dead or Alive the better). Even though Warren Zevon was on good terms with L.A.'s Mellow Mafia, he sure didn't think (or write) like any of his pals in the Eagles or Fleetwood Mac; Zevon's music was full of blood, bile, and mean-spirited irony, and the glossy surfaces of Jackson Browne's production failed to disguise the bitter heart of the songs on Warren Zevon. The album opened with a jaunty celebration of a pair of Old West thieves and gunfighters ("Frank and Jesse James"), and went on to tell remarkable, slightly unnerving tales of ambitious pimps ("The French Inhaler"), lonesome junkies ("Carmelita"), wired, hard-living lunatics ("I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"), and truly dastardly womanizers ("Poor Poor Pitiful Me"), and even Zevon's celebrations of life in Los Angeles, long a staple of the soft rock genre, had both a menace and an epic sweep his contemporaries could never match ("Join Me in L.A." and "Desperados Under the Eaves"). But for all their darkness, Zevon's songs also possessed a steely intelligence, a winning wit, and an unusually sophisticated melodic sense, and he certainly made the most of the high-priced help who backed him on the album. Warren Zevon may not have been the songwriter's debut, but it was the album that confirmed he was a major talent, and it remains a black-hearted pop delight. ~ Mark Deming

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Frank and Jesse James - 5:38
  2. 2. Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded - 3:57
  3. 3. Backs Turned Looking Down the Path - 3:31
  4. 4. Hasten Down the Wind - 3:01
  5. 5. Poor Poor Pitiful Me - 3:08
  6. 6. French Inhaler - 4:48
  7. 7. Mohammed's Radio - 4:43
  8. 8. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - 3:59
  9. 9. Carmelita - 4:35
  10. 10. Join Me in L.A. - 3:18
  11. 11. Desperados Under the Eaves - 5:48

CD: 2

  1. 12. Frank And Jesse James [Solo Piano Demo] - 5:38
  2. 13. French Inhaler [Solo Piano Demo] - 3:23
  3. 14. Hasten Down The Wind [Band Demo] - 3:49
  4. 15. Carmelita [1974 Demo] - 4:58
  5. 16. Mohammed's Radio [Solo Piano Demo] - 3:52
  6. 17. Backs Turned Looking Down The Path [Take 1 - 1/28/76] - 3:33
  7. 18. Join Me In L.A. [Take 2 - 11/20/75] - 4:22
  8. 19. Poor Poor Pitiful Me [Alternate Version] - 3:23
  9. 20. Frank And Jesse James [Alternate Version] - 5:41
  10. 21. Mohammed's Radio [Take 2 - 11/6/75] - 4:01
  11. 22. French Inhaler [Take 1 - 1/13/76] - 4:48
  12. 23. Carmelita [Alternate Version] - 4:38
  13. 24. Deperados Under The Eaves [Take 2 - 1/13/76] - 4:13
  14. 25. Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded [Live WMMS 10/13/76] - 2:01
  15. 26. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead [Alternate Version] - 3:06

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Release Date
11/11/08 

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