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A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596050326
  • Catalog Number: 60503
  • Sales rank: 5,597

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Zevon Primary Artist, 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
Michael Botts Drums
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
The 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
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Producer
Carl Wilson Arranger
Greg Ladanyi Producer, Engineer
Sid Sharp Contributor
Warren Zevon Arranger, Producer
Dennis King Mastering
Waddy Wachtel Producer
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