Preludes: Rare And Unreleased Recordings
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Fans of Warren Zevon now have a chance to learn more about his life and music when both a new 2CD set Preludes – Rare and Unreleased Recordings (Ammal/New West Records) and a provocative memoir, I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD: The Dirty Life And Times Of Warren Zevon (Ecco/HarperCollins) narrated by Crystal Zevon were released on May 1, 2007. Zevon, the iconic singer-songwriter died from mesothelioma, a form of asbestos related lung cancer, in 2003. He was internationally known for his hit songs including “Werewolves Of London” and his publicized race against mesothelioma to complete one last album, The Wind, a gold record, for which he posthumously won 2 Grammy® Awards.
Following his death, his son, Jordan Zevon, discovered 126 unreleased outtakes and demos in a piano-sized touring case. The 2CD set collects the best of these recordings. It features 16 songs, including 6 unreleased tracks “Empty Hearted Town,” “Going All The Way,” “Steady Rain,” “Stop Rainin’ Lord” “Studebaker” and “Rosarita Beach Café.” All songs were recorded pre-1976 (the year Zevon’s first album came out on Asylum Records). Gems include previously unheard versions of “Werewolves of London” and “Accidentally Like A Martyr”. Also included is a second disc featuring 40 minutes of music interspersed with an interview between Warren Zevon and KGSR-FM’s Jody Denberg. Says Jordan Zevon, “I won’t know for sure how he would have felt about this release until I meet back up with him in the ‘great beyond’, where I’ll either receive a proud, fatherly hug or a posthumous ass-kicking. Truth is, it'll probably be both. But I’ll take it all, wipe the blood from my chin and crack a smile. Just like Bogart would have. Just like my father did. Tough guy style.”