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Format: CD
Sku: 60574879
UPC: 081227377120
UPC 14: 00081227377120
Release Date: 10/15/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Poor Poor Pitiful Me ~ Warren Zevon
2. French Inhaler, The ~ Warren Zevon
3. Carmelita ~ Warren Zevon
4. Hasten Down The Wind ~ Warren Zevon
5. Werewolves of London ~ Warren Zevon
6. Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner ~ Warren Zevon
7. Excitable Boy ~ Warren Zevon
8. Lawyers, Guns & Money ~ Warren Zevon
9. Interlude No. 1 / Play It All Night Long ~ Warren Zevon
10. Certain Girl, A ~ Warren Zevon
11. Looking For The Next Best Thing ~ Warren Zevon
12. Detox Mansion ~ Warren Zevon
13. Reconsider Me - (single version) ~ Warren Zevon
14. Boom Boom Mancini ~ Warren Zevon
15. Splendid Isolation ~ Warren Zevon
16. Raspberry Beret ~ Warren Zevon
17. Searching For A Heart ~ Warren Zevon
18. Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead ~ Warren Zevon
19. Mr. Bad Example ~ Warren Zevon
20. Mutineer ~ Warren Zevon
21. I Was In The House When The House Burned Down ~ Warren Zevon
22. Genius ~ Warren Zevon
A celebrated rock singer, piano player, and writer with a gift for dramatic, cinematic, and often humorous story-songs, Warren Zevon was born in Chicago in 1947, but primarily raised in California and Arizona, the son of a professional gambler. Warren studied piano as a kid, and played his first L.A. sessions in his late teens. He cut his first sides as half of a duo, then cut a criminally ignored solo album in 1969, and toured with the Everly Brothers band in the early '70s before heading to Spain to take some time off. Meanwhile, Zevon's songs were introduced to millions of rock fans when Linda Ronstadt covered several of them, including "Hasten Down The Wind" and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me." In 1976 Jackson Browne persuaded Warren to record a new album of his own material, and Zevon's eponymous album for Asylum was a hit with critics who hailed his hard-edged sound and lyrical bite. The Top 40 hit single "Werewolves Of London," from the 1978 follow-up Excitable Boy, expanded his cult following to national proportions. Since then, Zevon has recorded a dozen more albums chronicling the adventure of various colorful characters, himself included. In 1996 we relased the Elektra/Rhino 2-CD I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: An Anthology, covering his career up till then. Now we've compiled GENIUS: THE BEST OF WARREN ZEVON, the definitive single-CD survey of Zevon's very best work up through the present-22 songs that earned him rock 'n' roll notoriety and the respect of his peers.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Warren Zevon (vocals, guitar, harmonica, electric piano, oragn, keyboards, percussion); Glen Frey, Don Henley, Phil Everly, Graham Nash, Neil Young, JD Souther, Linda Ronstadt, Lindsey Bukingham, Jackson Browne (vocals); Waddy Wachtel (guitar, background vocals); David Linley (steel guitar); Peter Buck (guitar); Charlie Bishharat, Joel Derouin (violin); Evan Wilson (viola); Larry Corbett (cello); Jim Horn (saxophone); John McVie, Mike Mills, Larry Klein, Jorge Calderon (bass); Mick Fleetwood, Anton Fig, Bill Berry (drums).
Muze PNote Producers include: Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne, Waddy Wachtel, Greg Ladanyi, Andrew Slater.
Muze PNote Compilation producer: Warren Zevon, Gary Peterson.
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Will Self.
Muze PNote To paraphrase the old saw, if Warren Zevon did not exist it would have been necessary to invent him. At a time when his L.A. singer-songwriter peers were bleeding all over their shirtsleeves with mawkish, sensitive balladry, Zevon turned the 1970s troubadour approach on its ear with a twisted lyrical sensibility that embraced danger, ribaldry, and general mayhem. A more concise summary than the two-disc collection I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD, GENIUS is an excellent thumbnail sketch of Zevon's iconoclastic work.
Muze PNote The early years are well represented by the oddly poignant junkie's lament "Carmelita," the horror-of-war ghost story "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner," and of course, such misanthropic staples as "Excitable Boy" and "Werewolves of London." GENIUS stands to show, however, that the '70s weren't the end of Zevon's story. Zevon is backed by R.E.M. on the trenchant boxing tale "Boom Boom Mancini" and admirably covers Prince's "Raspberry Beret." He humorously sums up his life as a rogue on "Mr. Bad Example," and touchingly enough for a cancer victim, sounds unassailably resilient on "I Was in the House When the House Burned Down." GENIUS serves Zevon's legacy well, and helps ensure that he won't be forgotten.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Neil Young
Muze Guest Artist Graham Nash
Muze Guest Artist Don Henley
Muze Guest Artist Glenn Frey
Muze Guest Artist Lindsey Buckingham
Muze Guest Artist John McVie
Muze Guest Artist Jackson Browne
Muze Guest Artist Linda Ronstadt

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/15/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 73771
Music Label Name Label : Rhino (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227377120

Professional Reviews

Q (1/03, p.142)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Wonderful..."

Uncut (01/03, p.132)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Since every track on GENIUS is worth at least two of almost anybody else's, it can only be welcomed..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(1/03, p.106)
- "...The lyrics are really something - smart, mordant, mischievous, yet vulnerable, sung in a deep, dark, likable voice..."

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