The Wind is the twelfth and final studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on August 26, 2003, by Artemis Records. Zevon began recording the album shortly after he was diagnosed with inoperable pleural mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the lung), and it was released just two weeks before his death on September 7, 2003. The album was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, and “Disorder in the House”, performed by Zevon with Bruce Springsteen, won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance (Group or Duo). Songs from the album were nominated for an additional three Grammys.
“Dirty Life and Times” 3:15
“Disorder in the House” 4:36
“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” 4:05
“Numb as a Statue” 4:08
“She’s Too Good for Me” 3:12
“Prison Grove” 4:51
“El Amor de Mi Vida” 3:34
“The Rest of the Night” 4:41
“Please Stay” 3:34
“Rub Me Raw” 5:44
“Keep Me in Your Heart” 3:28
Warren Zevon – vocals and acoustic guitar Ry Cooder – guitar Jorge Calderón – bass guitar Don Henley – drums Billy Bob Thornton – backing vocals Dwight Yoakam – backing vocals Jim Keltner – drums Bruce Springsteen – electric guitar and backing vocals Brad Davis – electric guitar and backing vocals Steve Gorman – drums Randy Mitchell – slide guitar and backing vocals Tommy Shaw – 12-string acoustic guitar and backing vocals Billy Bob Thornton – backing vocals John Waite – backing vocals David Lindley – lap steel guitar Luis Conte – drums and percussion Timothy B. Schmit – backing vocals Reggie Hamilton – upright bass Jordan Zevon – backing vocals Jackson Browne – backing vocals T Bone Burnett – backing vocals James Raymond – piano Mike Campbell – electric guitar Tom Petty – backing vocals Gil Bernal – saxophone Emmylou Harris – backing vocals Joe Walsh – slide guitar
Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer, songwriter, and musician.
Zevon’s most famous compositions include “Werewolves of London”, “Lawyers, Guns and Money”, and “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner”. All three songs are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978), the title track of which is also well-known. He also wrote major hits that were recorded by other artists, including “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”, “Accidentally Like a Martyr”, “Mohammed’s Radio”, “Carmelita”, and “Hasten Down the Wind”. Along with his own work, he recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint’s “A Certain Girl”, Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan”, Steve Winwood’s “Back in the High Life Again”, and Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”.
Zevon’s early music industry successes were found as a session musician, jingle composer, songwriter, touring musician, musical coordinator and bandleader. Despite all this, Zevon struggled to break through in his solo career until his music was performed by Linda Ronstadt, beginning with her 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind. This launched a cult following that lasted 25 years, with Zevon making occasional returns to album and single charts until his death from mesothelioma in 2003. He briefly found a new audience by teaming up with members of R.E.M. in the blues rock outfit Hindu Love Gods for a 1990 album release, although no tour followed.
Known for his dry wit and acerbic lyrics, he was a guest numerous times on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman.
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Excitable Boy is the third studio album by American musician Warren Zevon. The album was released on January 18, 1978, by Asylum Records. It includes the single “Werewolves of London”, which reached No. 21 and remained in the American Top 40 for six weeks. The album brought Zevon to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released in 2007.
“Excitable Boy” and “Werewolves of London” were considered macabrely humorous by some critics. The historical “Veracruz” dramatizes the United States occupation of Veracruz; likewise, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” is a fictionalized account of former mercenary David Lindell’s experiences in Africa. “Lawyers, Guns and Money” is a tongue-in-cheek tale of a young American man’s adventures in Cold War-era Latin America. In addition, there are two ballads about life and relationships (“Accidentally Like a Martyr” and “Tenderness on the Block”), as well as the funk/disco-inspired “Nighttime in the Switching Yard”. – Wikipedia
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The track “She Quit Me” was featured in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy as “He Quit Me.” “Tule’s Blues” was written about his lover, Marilyn “Tule” Livingston, mother of his son Jordan.
Kim Fowley began the project as producer, but he left after disagreements with Zevon and did not take credit for production duties. Fowley later remembered: [Warren] wanted to play all the instruments himself. He wouldn’t listen to anybody. I wasn’t trying to produce him because you really couldn’t produce Warren, at least not in those days, but I was trying to help him make a record that might sell more than ten copies, all purchased by his friends. But, he didn’t listen to anyone about anything, and one day I just walked in thinking I’d had enough.
Zevon chalked up his disagreement with Fowley to a “sudden attack of taste.”
The album was released “to the sound of one hand clapping,” as Zevon later remarked. Sales were poor, and critics ignored the album. Jackson Browne later commented, “I don’t remember thinking [the album] was as good as he really was.” Attempts to record a follow-up album, called Leaf In The Wind, were abandoned, and Zevon found work as band leader and musical coordinator for the Everly Brothers. His next album, the critically acclaimed classic Warren Zevon, was not released until 1976. Once Zevon reached stardom, Wanted Dead or Alive ended up as an all-but-forgotten relic of his early career. Wanted Dead or Alive was initially released on the CD format by One Way Records in 1996. Following the announcement that Zevon had terminal lung cancer, Capitol Records put out a remastered version of the album in early 2003.
“Wanted Dead or Alive” (Kim Fowley, Martin Cerf) – 2:36
“Hitchhikin’ Woman” – 2:16
“She Quit Me” – 4:48
“Calcutta” – 2:19
“Iko-Iko” (Marilyn Jones, Sharon Jones, Joe Jones, M. Thomas) – 1:54