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Warren Zevon’s self-titled 1976 Asylum Records debut took singer-songwriting into darker, tougher terrain. Produced by Jackson Browne and featuring an A-list of Los Angeles studio pros, from Waddy Wachtel and David Lindley to members of Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, Zevon’s album twisted the accepted wisdoms of self-confession and narcissistic complacency and found a false braggart in “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” a hard living fatalist in “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” a resigned junkie for “Carmelita” and even a sentimental poet in “Hasten Down the Wind.” His novelistic intensity was balanced with a pure shot of even-handed rock n’ roll that would take on even greater life in concert. This Collector’s Edition features 15 previously unreleased tracks, including either demos, live cuts or alternate takes of every song from the debut, including both a festive 1974 demo of “Carmelita” and a slimmer alternate version, an intimate take of “Hasten Down the Wind,” and solo piano demos of “Mohammed’s Radio,” “Frank and Jesse James,” and “The French Inhaler” that confirm Zevon’s greatness even without his famous supportive friends.

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The Greatest Album Of All Time

This is far and away my favorite album. The song writing is exquisite, the instrumentals divine, and the vocals, well the vocals are pure Warren, and that's something the world could have used a lot more of. From someone that has all of Warren's albums, including the original release of this self titled album, this is the one I go to when everything else starts sounding the same. This is always unique and somehow perfect. The original was recorded a little low overall, something this remaster rectifies. In addition, much of the additional material is very enjoyable and gives the listener some insight into the man's craft. I can not recommend this album highly enough.

Sounds alright to me

I'm listening to this on a pair of Bose ear buds and it sounds fine to me. This is a classic record with great bonus material. If you are a Zevon fan, you need this record. If you are new to Zevon's music, this is the place to start. Not only do you get what is generally considered Zevon's finest record, you get great alternate and acoustic versions of many of his classic songs. By the way, Rolling Stone gave this release four stars and didn't have a problem with the sound either. Buy this record.

Simply Legendary!

After I got ahold of Warren Zevon's posthumous Preludes discs & was totally blown away by it, I figured this collector's version of his 1976 Lp would be worth getting just for the demos. Warren's brilliance never ceases to amaze me. Listening to the music of this caliber is quite refreshing! Zevon & his California cowboys never fail to deliver the goods, it's craftsmanship quite excellent, indeed. I am appalled that the only songs I ever hear on the radio by this late, great gentleman is either Werewolves or Lawyers. I am also saddened that the music academy waited until Warren's passing before they gave him any grammys. But I guess they only realize greatness after it passes.


Born: January 24, 1947 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few of rock & roll's great misanthropes were as talented, as charming, or as committed to their cynicism as Warren Zevon. A singer and songwriter whose music often dealt with outlaws, mercenaries, sociopaths, and villains of all stripes, Zevon's lyrics displayed a keen and ready wit despite their often uncomfortable narrative circumstances, and while he could write of love and gentler emotions, he did so with the firm conviction that such stories rarely end happily. Though he frequently worked with...
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