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Zevon Saluted With Album, Reissues, Book
Late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, who died of cancer in 2003, will be the subject of a double-disc rarities collection, three expanded reissues of vintage albums and a book in the coming weeks.Late singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, who died of cancer in 2003, will be the subject of a double-disc rarities collection, three expanded reissues of vintage albums and a book in the coming weeks.
First up are new editions of the albums "Excitable Boy," "Stand in the Fire" and "Envoy," due March 27 via Rhino. Each album sports four previously unreleased bonus tracks. The 1981 live album "Stand in the Fire" had been out of print for years, while "Envoy," released the following year, has never been made available on CD until now.
On May 1, the new label Ammal Records will release "Preludes -- Rare and Unreleased Recordings," culled from 126 pre-1976 tracks found in a road case after Zevon's death by his son. In addition to demos and alternate versions, the album sports six previously unreleased songs: "Empty Hearted Town," "Going All the Way," "Steady Rain," "Stop Rainin' Lord" "Studebaker" and "The Rosarita Beach Cafe."
The second disc blends 40 minutes of music with segments of an interview between Zevon and KGSR-Austin, Texas' Jody Denberg.
Finally, Zevon's life and times are chronicled in the book "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead," which is told through interviews with family members and musicians such as Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham and David Crosby.
Here is the track list for disc 1 of "Preludes":
"Empty Hearted Town" (solo piano)
"Steady Rain" (full band)
"Join Me in L.A." (solo guitar)
"Hasten Down the Wind" (solo piano)
"Werewolves of London" (full band)
"Tule's Blues" (solo piano)
"The French Inhaler" (solo guitar)
"Going All the Way" (full band)
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (full band)
"Studebaker" (solo piano)
"Accidentally Like a Martyr" (full band)
"Carmelita" (solo guitar)
"I Used To Ride So High" (full band)
"Stop Rainin' Lord" (solo guitar)
"The Rosarita Beach Cafe" (solo piano with backing vocals)
"Desperados Under the Eaves" (full band)