Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227377120
  • Catalog Number: 73771
  • Sales rank: 9,655

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
The 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
Bill Inglot Remastering
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
Teresa Caffin Remastering
Matt Chiaravalle Engineer
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Noah Scot Snyder Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    straight from the heart

    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"....you 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Near Genius?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Just Wish I Had Picked HIm Up Sooner...

    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 different..in tone in essence..but all have a great hook and a wonderful irreverance. I highly recommend this disc..you won't be sorry you bought it!

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