About this product
|Record Label:||Elektra (Label)|
|Genre:||Hard Rock, Rock & Pop|
1. Werewolves of London
2. Excitable Boy - (bonus track)
3. Play It All Night Long
4. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
5. The Envoy
6. Mohammed's Radio
7. Desperados Under the Eaves
8. Johnny Strikes up the Band - (bonus track)
9. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
10. Guns and Money Lawyers
11. Ain't That Pretty at All
12. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
13. Accidentally Like a Martyr
14. Looking For the Next Best Thing
|Playing Time:||48 min.|
|Contributing Artists:||Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Graham Nash, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie|
Personnel includes: Warren Zevon (vocals, guitar, piano); Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar (guitar); Jim Horn (saxophone); Jai Winding (piano); John McVie (bass); Mick Fleetwood, Russ Kunkel, Jeff Porcaro (drums); Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Carl Wilson, Jorge Calderon, J.D. Souther, Karla Bonoff, Graham Nash, Don Henley (background vocals).Producers: Jackson Browne, Waddy Wachtel, Warren Zevon, Greg Ladanyi.Warren Zevon's body of work is a good bit more diverse and intelligent than you might imagine if you only know his music from the radio; while his relative hits ("Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy," "Lawyers, Guns and Money") play more like novelty songs than anything else, his best albums display a melodic sophistication that never gets in the way of his desire to rock out, and a lyrical perspective that's unusually literate, witty, and brutally cynical. As one might expect, A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon focuses on the artist's best known stuff from his tenure at Asylum Records, and leans more towards "Crazy Warren" tunes (like the above-mentioned trio) over superior if more difficult material like "The French Inhaler" or "Frank and Jesse James," with no rare or unreleased material for completists. It doesn't even honor the hits as well as one might hope (the remastering is a bit on the flat side, and "Lawyers, Guns and Money" appears in a radio edit that deletes the final verse), and there isn't a single song from Stand in the Fire, Zevon's superb live album. But you do get the most famous songs, which are invariably worth hearing (his own hits and a couple tunes that were made famous by Linda Ronstadt, though "Hasten Down the Wind" is curiously absent), along with a few pleasant surprises, including the incendiary "Play It All Night Long" and one of Zevon's finest meditations on life in L.A., "Desperados Under the Eaves." A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon will satisfy those with a casual interest in the artist, but for a better one-stop introduction to this songwriter's body of work, try I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology). ~ Mark Deming
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- usbizinvestor20...Jan 7, 2011by
More then werewolves
I bought this CD for two songs, I was familiar with, Werewolves of London, and Lawyers Guns & Money, .. but I found, there is a lot more of Warren Zevon that I liked then I knew about.. I love the lyrics to his songs, .. one starts, "grandpa pissed his pants, he don't give a damn" .. la, la, la, " ain't been right since Vietnam" .. There is good poetry in his music, and if you are like me, and would buy a Warren Zevon CD just for Werewolves, you just might find a few jewels you are playing, over and over, that you didn't expect. It's a good collection, and I think this is one of his earlier greatest hits albums.
- ted1967Jan 8, 2010by
A genius and his art
This Cd is truly a masterpiece of music created by a genius. This covers all of Warren Zevon's masterful hits and is well worth the money paid for it. The sound quality is superb and I would highly recommend it to the Zevon fans as a definate add to your collection.
- dibblesteinJul 27, 2009by
A great entertainer
There's no one around like Warren Zevon. It would hard to picture anyone today getting away with the kind of politically incorrect fun that Zevon made seem routine. I love his combination of wit and hard rock. Good, solid rock and roll.
- silviatricksFeb 7, 2008by
A ZEVON LOVER'S EXPERT OPINION
DID WARREN ZEVON EVER MAKE A BAD RECORD? I DON'T THINK SO! EVEN HIS WORST SONGS WERE GOOD IN MANY RESPECTS. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT COLLECTION OF HIS BEST.
- 2nancy222Dec 4, 2006by
Warren Zevon, Very entertaining and deep!
Actually, I had never heard of this Artist, Or so I thought. I was really please to hear some great tunes that I had heard before and forgotten about and some great tunes that were new to me! I recommend this Artist to all!