Warren Zevon (album)

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Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 18, 1976
Recorded1975
StudioSunset Sound, Los Angeles and Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles
Genre
Length37:45
LabelAsylum
ProducerJackson Browne
Warren Zevon chronology
Wanted Dead or Alive
(1969)
Warren Zevon
(1976)
Excitable Boy
(1978)
Singles from Warren Zevon
  1. "Hasten Down the Wind"
    Released: 1976
  2. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]
PopMatters9/10[4]
Rolling Stone(positive)[5]

Warren Zevon is the second studio album by American musician Warren Zevon. This album was recorded in 1975 and released on May 10, 1976, by Asylum Records. A remastered version of the album with special bonus tracks was released in 2008 by Rhino Records.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "I am suspicious of singer-songwriters who draw attention to phrases like 'hasten down the wind,' and I would suggest a moratorium on songs about the James Brothers that don't also rhyme 'pollution' and 'solution.' But I like the way Zevon resists pigeonholes like 'country-rock' while avoiding both the banal and the mystagogical, and I like quatrains like: 'And if California slides into the ocean/Like the mystics and statistics say it will/I predict this motel will be standing/Until I pay my bill.'"[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Warren Zevon.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Frank and Jesse James"4:33
2."Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded"2:53
3."Backs Turned Looking Down the Path"2:27
4."Hasten Down the Wind"2:58
5."Poor Poor Pitiful Me"3:04
6."The French Inhaler"3:44
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."Mohammed's Radio"3:40
8."I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"2:56
9."Carmelita"3:32
10."Join Me in L.A."3:13
11."Desperados Under the Eaves"4:45

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Billboard Top LPs & Tape 189

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ Mark Deming. "Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: Z". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 23, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ a b "Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  5. ^ "Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Web.archive.org. 1976-07-15. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved 2015-10-23.