A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon

A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon

by Warren Zevon


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Warren Zevon's body of work is a good bit more diverse and intelligent than you might imagine if you only know his music from the radio; while his relative hits ("Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy," "Lawyers, Guns and Money") play more like novelty songs than anything else, his best albums display a melodic sophistication that never gets in the way of his desire to rock out, and a lyrical perspective that's unusually literate, witty, and brutally cynical. As one might expect, A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon focuses on the artist's best known stuff from his tenure at Asylum Records, and leans more towards "Crazy Warren" tunes (like the above-mentioned trio) over superior if more difficult material like "The French Inhaler" or "Frank and Jesse James," with no rare or unreleased material for completists. It doesn't even honor the hits as well as one might hope (the remastering is a bit on the flat side, and "Lawyers, Guns and Money" appears in a radio edit that deletes the final verse), and there isn't a single song from Stand in the Fire, Zevon's superb live album. But you do get the most famous songs, which are invariably worth hearing (his own hits and a couple tunes that were made famous by Linda Ronstadt, though "Hasten Down the Wind" is curiously absent), along with a few pleasant surprises, including the incendiary "Play It All Night Long" and one of Zevon's finest meditations on life in L.A., "Desperados Under the Eaves." A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon will satisfy those with a casual interest in the artist, but for a better one-stop introduction to this songwriter's body of work, try I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596050326
catalogNumber: 60503
Rank: 9854

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Performance Credits

Warren Zevon   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Strings,Vocal Harmony
Karla Bonoff   Vocal Harmony
Jackson Browne   Vocal Harmony
Lindsey Buckingham   Vocal Harmony
Don Henley   Vocal Harmony
David Lindley   Fiddle,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Graham Nash   Vocal Harmony
Stevie Nicks   Vocal Harmony
Linda Ronstadt   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Jennifer Warnes   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Jorge Calderon   Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Mick Fleetwood   Drums
Carl Wilson   Vocal Harmony
John McVie   Bass
Kenny Edwards   Bass,Guitar
Steve Forman   Percussion
Gentlemen Boys   Vocal Harmony
Bob Glaub   Bass
Billy Hinsche   Vocal Harmony
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Percussion
Russ Kunkel   Drums
David Landau   Guitar,Background Vocals
Roy Marinell   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Rick Marotta   Drums
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Fritz Richmond   Jug
Sid Sharp Strings   Vocal Harmony
J.D. Souther   Background Vocals,Harmony
Larry Zack   Drums
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jai Winding   Piano,Vocal Harmony
Mike Botts   Drums

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Producer
Carl Wilson   Arranger
Greg Ladanyi   Producer,Engineer
Sid Sharp   Contributor
Warren Zevon   Arranger,Producer
Waddy Wachtel   Producer

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