The Wind

Warren Zevon

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15th Anniversary Edition on 180-gram vinyl

The Wind, issued in 2003, was the last of Warren Zevon’s 17 releases beginning with 1969’s Wanted Dead Or Alive. The Wind dropped two weeks before the 56-year-old died of mesothelioma/lung cancer. The disc turned up on many “Best of 2003” lists. It also won Grammys for Best Rock Performance by a Duo (“Disorder in the House” with Bruce Springsteen) and Best Contemporary Folk Album.

“The Wind is like an X-ray with a dark shadow that shouldn’t be there and can’t be ignored. Recorded after Zevon was diagnosed in 2002 with inoperable lung cancer, it sounds like the work of a guy who’s still fighting, but also starting to wrap things up. Although Zevon is best known for his poison-dart wit, he’s always been a bit of a softie, too. It’s no surprise, then, that The Wind leans heavily on irony-free ballads such as ‘She’s Too Good for Me,’ ‘El Amor de mi Vida,’ and ‘Please Stay.’ But there’s also a dose of defiant blues (‘Rub Me Raw’) and plenty of dirty slide guitar, courtesy of Ry Cooder and David Lindley. (Other guests include Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, and Dwight Yoakam).

“If the lyrics generally lack the literary precision of Zevon’s best work, the songs take on greater weight given the circumstance under which they were recorded. Heard in 1983, a party-hearty anthem like ‘The Rest of the Night’ would’ve sounded like yet another dumb argument for hedonism, and ‘Numb as a Statue’ might have come off as the self-lacerating joke of an alcoholic unable to deal with his emotions directly. However, on The Wind, these songs are genuinely touching, the work of a guy deadened by meds but unwilling to surrender to The Big Sleep just yet. A cover of Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ is the album’s most direct comment on Zevon’s fragile health, but the most touching song is the album-closing acoustic ballad ‘Keep Me in Your Heart,’ recorded by Zevon at home after the star-studded studio work was complete. Clearly, Zevon survived one hell of a farewell party last night, but now it’s morning again and there’s no telling what the rest of the day might bring.” — Amazon.com

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Track Listings

Side 1
Dirty Life and Times
Disorder in the House
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Numb as a Statue
She's Too Good for Me
Prison Grove

Side 2
El Amor De Mi Vida
The Rest of the Night
Please Stay
Rub Me Raw
Keep Me in Your Heart

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