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Preludes: Rare & Unreleased Recordings

Warren Zevon

Preludes: Rare & Unreleased Recordings

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  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

Type: Compilation

Sampling: 44,1 kHz

Source: CD

Tracks: 24

Language: English

Total size: 198.74 Mb

Year: 2007

Total price: $2.88

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2
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04:20
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02:31
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4
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02:33
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03:38
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03:33
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02:19
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03:11
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10
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02:27
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03:06
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12
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03:58
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13
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02:45
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14
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02:13
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15
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04:09
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16
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03:44
8.54 Mb


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This is a collection that is really meant for the true fan. It's not a greatest hits collection, as the track list may seem to indicate, so if you are a casual fan of Warren Zevon, I would recommend starting with a hits collection, or even an album release.

The story behind this set of that Warren's son found a ton of his father's home recordings and demos in an old road case. Out of the hundreds of recordings, he narrowed then down to the sixteen on the first disc as the best of the bunch. The sound quality may not be the best on some of these tracks, buy that isn't really the point, as these were never intended to be released, as such. These are alternate vocalizings, different moods, works in progress. More intended to show the process of the artist, what he went through before being satisfied with the final product.

Most of the songs here are alternate takes or mixes. Nothing is going to make you think they chose to put the wrong version of "Werewolves of London" on the album, or that his vocals should have been different in "Accidentally Like a Martyr". But they show different sides of Zevon; of the two I just mentioned, he seems a bit goofier on the former, darker on the latter. True fans will enjoy this aspect, there are certainly some hidden gems here.

There are also some tracks that were never released. The best of the bunch of "Studebaker", which Zevon's son Jordan actually covered for a tribute album shortly after Warren's death. It's a classically folkie Zevon tune, never released because it was unfinished. For other unreleased songs are included, fans will love them; casual fans won't be as excited, these are largely for the collector.

The second disc is primarily made up of an interview Zevon did with Jody Denberg to promote his "Life'll Kill Ya" album. To me, these tracks are the best part of the set. Zevon is at one open and antagonistic, not afraid to speak his mind, but seemingly defensive about how it works. He talks about his process, his guitar playing vs piano playing, relating to other artists. It's a fascinating look inside his very unique mind, even casual fans should enjoy this second disc.

This is clearly a love letter from Warren's son Jordan to Warren's longtime fans, a gift for those who love the art that created. Casual fans should start elsewhere, but this is a nice addition to the collections of true fans. Perhaps nothing her will make your regular playlist rotation, but it's a worthy addition to your music collection.

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