Love me some WZ. Songs like "Lawyers Guns and Money", "Excitable Boy", "Roland the Thompson Gunner", and "Mutineer" are outright masterpieces.
Splendid Isolation – Love the harp(harmonica). Tremendous lyrics, obviously, since Warren was the king of lyrical genius. Great line about Michael Jackson and Disneyland.
Nobody’s In Love This Year – More lyrical wizardry, but slightly more subtle than usual. I like this. Very understated, but also very memorable in its own way.
Genius – Not sure about this one. Musically, it’s cool and dark, but it just never catches on the same way a lot of his other songs do.
Hasten Down the Wind – One of Warren’s quintessential ballads. It’s one of those songs that you think is more widely known than it actually is, much like “September Gurls” by Big Star.
Renegade – Love this one. Never heard this “unplugged” version before. I think I have the album this one comes from (Mr. Bad Example).
These songs get a solid 4/5. Great choice.
Check out Warren's final live television performance, on Late Show With David Letterman. This was eleven months before his death, and you can tell the devastating effect the cancer had on him. Just heartbreaking.
OK dillwyn, here are my review of the Warren Zevon cuts.
01. "Splendid Isolation" – Good social commentary on how while being an island unto ourselves is sometimes necessary, it can be carried to too much of an extreme. But doesn't beat the listener over the head with the message, which is good. Agree that the harp/harmonica sounds great.
02. "Nobody’s In Love This Year" – Carries on the theme of the previous song, it seems to me: "don't want to be vulnerable, don't want to get hurt." Really like the hook in the verses, and the soothing sax touches.
03. "Genius" – Great music and lyrics, can really see the lyrical wizadry, reminds me of Jackson Browne for some lines.
04. "Hasten Down the Wind – Nice poetic ballad that was the title track of Linda Ronstadt's mid-seventies album way back when. Like the harmonies and poetic title.
05. "Renegade" – Instantly captivating, great words and melody.
Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Prime Cuts: "Renegade", "Genius", "Splendid Isolation" Bottom Line: Great songs by a low-key artist that sings like Gerry Rafferty, Bruce Springsteen, and Jackson Browne all rolled into one.
I'm sure Randy Newman is a great fan of this guy.
Thanks for sharing dillwyn, really enjoyed getting more familiar with Warren Zevon; great stuff.
Will mark you down for next available spot; thanks again!
Thank you both for your time and views.... he was hugely respected by many great artists.
Jackson Browne 'discovered' and actually produced his first album. Zevon had spent a stint as musical director of the Everly brother. Ms Ronstadts, along with Eagles and Fleetwood Mac's Buckingham and Nicks have all appeared on his 70's songs. The night of his death Dylan did one of his songs as a tribute.
The last album 'The Wind' was when he had very publically let the world know he was terminal. It became like a who's who of the American music scene inc..Springsteen, Cooder, Keltner, T Burn Burnett, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Walsh, Henley to name a few, all made appearances.
....the collection above is his softer side- reflecting my mood when I posted. Bizarrely I didn't post 'Keep me in your Heart' ... which really is a dying man's note to those he is leaving...it is heartbreaking and the last thing he was able to record.
Mostly during his career he was brilliantly acerbic... and his dark humour side should be checked out .. he also had the all girl band years before Robert Palmer and that video!
Been trying to get time to listen to this as I'd like to hear more from Warren Z, but been stupidly busy with Real Life and getting ready for a couple of week's hols beginning tomorrow. I'm not likely to be back till practically October but I'll do me best
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