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Though in his later years Warren Zevon became best-known as a ‘songwriter’s songwriter,’ this live album from 1980 recorded over five nights at the Roxy in Los Angeles proves he was once a ‘rocker’s rocker.’ With guitarist David Landau and a seasoned-but-scrappy pick-up band from Colorado adding a terse edge, a newly-sober Zevon delivers powerful performances that range from the obvious (“Werewolves of London,” “Excitable Boy”) and the previously unreleased (the title track, “The Sin”) to the most deserving (“Jeannie Needs a Shooter,” “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”) and primal (“Bo Diddley’s A Gunslinger / Bo Diddley”). Though Zevon’s writing is notable for its economy, its magic is often contained in his emphatic delivery, which is given an added dimension when performed before an enthusiastic audience. (Here he namechecks James Taylor and Jackson Browne.) Since the one complaint of the original release was its brevity, the 2007 reissue nicely expands the show with four bonus cuts, including solo piano renditions of “Frank and Jesse James” and “Hasten Down the Wind” where Zevon sounds appropriately well-worn.

Customer Reviews

Live Classic

When I get to the other side, maybe there's an option to bend the space/time continuum and experience first-hand some of the greatest live concerts ever recorded. I'd choose to be at Woodstock in '69 (especially the night Sly & Family Stone tore up "Higher"), in NYC @ Filmore East watching Duane go to town with his band from Macon, GA, and in the audience while Lowell George and his boys laid down "Waiting for Columbus". Finally, last but not least, I'd want to be at the Roxy on Sunset that night in 1980 watching Warren Z tear it up. Out-freaking-standing.

Live Classic @ Its BEST!

Stand In The Fire disappeared before many us could get our hands on it. That was 1980. The 2007 remastered & extended version rights the wrong. In honor of Wareen Z, who once sang, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead / SITF zooms to the top of my greatest Live Rock Albums list! That's my Excitable Boy, Johnny Strikes Up the Band View Point! I read how much Warren hated preforming "Werewolves in London." in this version he takes a jab @ Jackson Browne in an ablib line making reference to JB's help getting him into TX & sober. Ah, WZ was a wild man who's classics are exceptional. RIP Warren / Your legacy lives on. No matter what the Lawyers, Guns & Money say we're going to Play It All Night Long! Now Haeten Down The Winds you Poor, Poor Pitiful it's time to tune into Mohammed's Radio! This one's a Keeper. Enjoy

One of the best live albums ever...better!

This album could only be made better in one way - add more to it! Here it is and the remastering sounds fantastic too!


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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