Clip: Zevon reissues
A HARROWING ANNOUNCEMENT was made on January 12, 2002 [September --cz]]
when widely respected veteran rocker Warren Zevon revealed that he had
developed an incurable form of lung cancer. Since then, he has been
plugging away at what is expected to be his final studio album -- one on
which longtime friends Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Ry Cooder and Dwight Yoakam
are poised to appear.
In the meantime, Virgin has renovated some of Zevon's vintage works for
release on March 25: his 1969 bow, Wanted Dead or Alive, and two albums
from the late 1980s: '87's Sentimental Hygiene and the disc that followed
two years after, Transverse City. While all three feature 24-bit remastered
sound and fresh liner notes by David Wild, most notable is that Wanted is
buttressed with a completely unreleased album that has since remained
untouched in the Virgin vaults.
Zevon's first album, Wanted Dead or Alive, had little impact saleswise;
following its release, he wound up devoting more time to his other
vocation, songwriting, in addition to collaborating with The Everly
Brothers. It wasn't until Linda Ronstadt covered three of his tunes
("Hasten Down the Wind," "Carmelita" and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me") years
later and Jackson Browne coaxed him into returning to the States after a
stint in Spain that Zevon experienced a surge in his career.
Now, Wanted is flanked with the 10-track A Leaf in the Wind, an unreleased
album recorded soon after Wanted but rejected by Imperial, his label at the
time. The song list: "Jukin'," "Steady Rain," "A Leaf in the Wind," "Going
All the Way," "Tule's Blues" (a bluesier, alternate version of the Wanted
track), "Doin' the Missouri Weave," "Perfect Waves," "An Emblem Against the
Devil," "Under the Eaves" and "Lapis Lazuli."