Hard-drinking, hard-living Warren Zevon (1947-2003) was one of Rocks most explosive characters. His incendiary, larger-than-life persona is awesomely displayed in the powerhouse performance captured in this live broadcast recording. Despite the fact that Zevon might be termed a singer-songwriter, he was most definitely not inclined towards sun-bleached West Coast wimpery. No Sir! On the contrary, Rolling Stone magazines Dave Marsh described him as one of the toughest rockers ever to come out of Southern California.
It wasnt until the mid-70s that Zevon really hit his stride as a performer in his own right. In the autumn of 1975 he returned to Los Angeles to record a new debut album - this one for a major label. Released in 1976, Warren Zevon is stacked with great songs and a host of heavyweight musical contributors. Playing on the record were most of Fleetwood Mac, some Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, David Lindley and Beach Boy Carl Wilson; the album was produced by Asylum label-mate and friend Jackson Browne. Highlights from an exceedingly strong body of songs are, Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, Carmelita and Ill Sleep When Im Dead (all included here).
This live broadcast, from Bostons Metro, was made during Warren Zevons 1982 tour in support of his fifth album, The Envoy. Once again, the song-writing is exemplary, with the title track masterfully demonstrating that even American foreign policy and diplomacy can be the subject for a great rock song... in the right hands! Notably, Gonzo journalist Dr. Hunter Thompson quoted Warrens lyrics to The Hula Hula Boys in his 1983 book The Curse of Lono.
1. Johnny Strikes Up the Band 3.052. The Overdraft 3.183. Jeannie Needs a Shooter 4.054. Gorilla, Youre a Desperado 3.305. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner 5.026. The Envoy 3.267. Charlies Medicine 4.338. Jungle Work 3.489. Play It All Night Long 3.0810. Lawyers, Guns and Money 3.4311. Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School 3.1612. The Hula Hula Boys 3.5313. Accidentally Like a Martyr 4.1414. Poor, Poor Pitful Me 1.3815. Cadillac Ranch 3.0916. Excitable Boy 4.0817. Werewolves of London 7.0218. Carmelita 4.5519. Ill Sleep When Im Dead 5.41