Warren Zevon: Wind$24.98
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1. Product Details
The Wind is like an X-ray with a dark shadow that shouldnt be there and cant be ignored. Recorded after Zevon was diagnosed in 2002 with inoperable lung cancer it sounds like the work of a guy whos still fighting but also starting to wrap things up. Although Zevon is best known for his poison-dart wit hes always been a bit of a softie too. Its no surprise then that The Wind leans heavily on irony-free ballads such as Shes Too Good for Me El Amor de mi Vida and Please Stay. But theres also a dose of defiant blues Rub Me Raw and plenty of dirty slide guitar courtesy of Ry Cooder and David Lindley. Other guests include Bruce Springsteen Don Henley Tom Petty Jackson Browne and Dwight Yoakam. If the lyrics generally lack the literary precision of Zevons best work the songs take on greater weight given the circumstance under which they were recorded. Heard in 1983 a party-hearty anthem like The Rest of the Night wouldve sounded like yet another dumb argument for hedonism and Numb as a Statue might have come off as the self-lacerating joke of an alcoholic unable to deal with his emotions directly. However on The Wind these songs are genuinely touching the work of a guy deadened by meds but unwilling to surrender to The Big Sleep just yet. A cover of Dylans Knockin on Heavens Door is the albums most direct comment on Zevons fragile health but the most touching song is the album-closing acoustic ballad Keep Me in Your Heart recorded by Zevon at home after the star-studded studio work was complete. Clearly Zevon survived one hell of a farewell party last night but now its morning again and theres no telling what the rest of the day might bring. -Keith Moerer
1.1 Dirty Life and Times
1.2 Disorder in the House
1.3 Knockin on Heavens Door
1.4 Numb As a Statue
1.5 Shes Too Good for Me
1.6 Prison Grove
2.1 El Amor de Mi Vida
2.2 The Rest of the Night
2.3 Please Stay
2.4 Rub Me Raw
2.5 Keep Me in Your Heart
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