Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon

Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon

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by Warren Zevon

Released not long after Warren Zevon announced that he was suffering from terminal cancer, perhaps some could argue that the single-disc Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon exploits his tragedy by recycling his catalog. The argument holds no water, because not only is it worth…  See more details below


Released not long after Warren Zevon announced that he was suffering from terminal cancer, perhaps some could argue that the single-disc Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon exploits his tragedy by recycling his catalog. The argument holds no water, because not only is it worth celebrating the work of this singer/songwriter, but his catalog was calling out for a collection like this. Although there was the double-disc set I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and a 1986 hits collection, there was no set produced during the CD era that chronicled not just his heyday, but his late-'80s comeback while cherrypicking highlights from the '90s. This does exactly that over the course of a generous, sharply selected 22 tracks. Given the space, it's inevitable that some great songs are missing, but if you're looking for a comprehensive overview, turn to the two-disc set. If you're looking for an introduction or simply a stellar selection of highlights, this suits the bill perfectly.

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Elektra / Wea


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Zevon   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Synthesizer Strings
Jackson Browne   Vocal Harmony
Lindsey Buckingham   Vocal Harmony
Don Henley   Vocal Harmony
David Lindley   Fiddle,Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Graham Nash   Vocal Harmony
Linda Ronstadt   Vocal Harmony
Jennifer Warnes   Vocal Harmony
Neil Young   Vocal Harmony
Jorge Calderon   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Don Felder   Guitar
Mick Fleetwood   Drums
Mike Campbell   Guitar
John McVie   Bass
Jim Keltner   Drums
Benmont Tench   Organ
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Roy Bittan   Piano
Peter Buck   Guitar
Rosemary Butler   Vocal Harmony
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Kenny Edwards   Vocal Harmony
Anton Fig   Drums
Glenn Frey   Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Bob Glaub   Bass
Richie Hayward   Drums
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Larry Klein   Bass
Craig Krampf   Drums
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Kipp Lennon   Vocal Harmony
Mark Lennon   Vocal Harmony
Michael Lennon   Vocal Harmony
Rick Marotta   Drums,Vocal Harmony
Mike Mills   Bass
Sid Sharp Strings   Choir, Chorus
J.D. Souther   Vocal Harmony
Winston Watson   Drums
Evan Wilson   Viola
Larry Zack   Drums
Jordan Zevon   Vocal Harmony
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Vocal Harmony
Bill Berry   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jai Winding   Piano
Jeffrey Parcaro   Drums

Technical Credits

John Austin   Licensing
Jackson Browne   Producer
Michael McDonald   Engineer
Duncan Aldrich   Producer,Engineer
Niko Bolas   Producer,Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
John Cutler   Engineer
Michael Delugg   Engineer
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
John Haeny   Engineer
Andy Jackson   Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Dennis Kirk   Engineer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer,Engineer
Greg Ladanyi   Producer,Engineer
Tim Mulligan   Engineer
Kent Nebergall   Engineer
Jim Nipar   Engineer
Fritz Richmond   Engineer
Will Schillinger   Engineer
Sean Slade   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Slater   Producer
Bob Vogt   Engineer
Warren Zevon   Producer,String Arrangements,Art Direction
Waddy Wachtel   Producer
Richard Bosworth   Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
Richard Landers   Engineer
William Lee Self   Liner Notes
Matt Chiaravalle   Engineer
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
Noah Scot Snyder   Engineer

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Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like a lot of rock fans..I hear an artist,and while I like the music..I don't buy the Album because there isn't enough familiar stuff on it. Warren Zevon has never been a household name kind of musician,so when I read that he was ill and also had released another hits Cd I decided that I would buy it..even though I only knew a few of the hits(some from Linda Ronstadt's Simple Dreams album) I am sitting here just loving what I am hearing. Everyone of his songs is tone in essence..but all have a great hook and a wonderful irreverance. I highly recommend this won't be sorry you bought it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Warren Zevon was one of the LA singer-songwriters of the Seventies. This collection takes almost half of its tracks from that era. Zevon was much closer in attitude to Neil Young, Randy Newman, and Steely Dan than to groups like CSN or the Eagles. The only flaw is that the set focuses on his satirical numbers (Werewolves of London) at the expense of his other work. The title cut shows that he had a wider range than this CD indicates. Also, it would have been nice to hear a live track or two. Even so, if like myself you only want a sample, this may be all you need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 57 years old and have always been a huge fan of Warren Zevon. I only bring up my age because his music had no age limits - this man wrote from the heart and his songs told a story. You can feel the emotion in his songs be it "Reconsider me", "Hasten Down the Wind", or "Detox Mansion" know he's been there and you feel it in his music. Be it going thru rehab or trying to reconnect - his music just gets into your soul and stays there - from "Mutineer" to "Excitable Boy", its all Zevon, he's always been, and will always be, the best. What a loss - the man truly was a "Genius". What a gift he left to all of us.
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