Reconsider Me: The Love Songs

Reconsider Me: The Love Songs

by Warren Zevon
     
 
Warren Zevon went to his grave with most people thinking of him as "that "'Werewolves of London'" guy," an image that short-changed both his talent and his legacy. Zevon's acerbic wit and industrial-strength cynicism were usually at the forefront in his songs, but he was always capable of a great deal more, and he wrote songs revealing a compassion and a gentle

Overview

Warren Zevon went to his grave with most people thinking of him as "that "'Werewolves of London'" guy," an image that short-changed both his talent and his legacy. Zevon's acerbic wit and industrial-strength cynicism were usually at the forefront in his songs, but he was always capable of a great deal more, and he wrote songs revealing a compassion and a gentle humanism that quietly but firmly made their presence known on his best albums. Reconsider Me: The Love Songs is a compilation that focuses on the softer side of Zevon's repertoire, and the 13 songs on board certainly make the case that there was a merciful and wounded soul at the heart of the beast that was his public persona. "Please Stay" and "Reconsider Me" are emotionally naked missives from a man all too aware of his failings, "Hostage-O" finds Zevon spinning his obsession with crime and darkness into a different direction, and "She's Too Good for Me" is a ruefully telling portrait of a relationship that's failed. However, this album suffers from the fact it focuses primarily on the late-period material Zevon recorded for Artemis Records, with nine of the 13 songs drawn from either 2000's Life'll Kill Ya or 2003's The Wind. As a consequence, a number of songs that really ought to be here are conspicuous in their absence -- "Hasten Down the Wind," "Empty-Handed Heart," "Nobody's in Love This Year," and his cover of Judee Sill's "Jesus Was a Crossmaker." Reconsider Me: The Love Songs is frustratingly incomplete, but what is on hand makes a powerful case for the diversity of Zevon's skills, and makes for a moving collection from a singular artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
Label:
Indieblue Music
UPC:
0699675178826
catalogNumber:
51788

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Zevon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Piccolo,Theremin,Vocals,Penny Whistle
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
Karla Bonoff   Vocal Harmony
Jackson Browne   Choir, Chorus
Don Henley   Background Vocals
Chuck Prophet   Guitar
Jorge Calderon   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Tres,Spanish Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Benmont Tench   Organ
Gil Bernal   Saxophone
Roy Bittan   Piano
Luis Conte   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Maracas
Kenny Edwards   Bass,Choir, Chorus
Bob Glaub   Bass
Reggie Hamilton   Upright Bass
Craig Krampf   Drums
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Kipp Lennon   Vocal Harmony
Mark Lennon   Vocal Harmony
Michael Lennon   Vocal Harmony
Tony Levin   Bass
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
James Raymond   Piano
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
J.D. Souther   Choir, Chorus
Winston Watson   Percussion,Drums
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Leland Sklar   Bass
Jai Winding   Keyboards
Rich Barotta   Drums
Luis Lonte   Bongos

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Composer,Producer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Jorge Calderon   Composer,Producer
Duncan Aldrich   Engineer
Niko Bolas   Producer,Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Will Jennings   Composer
Bill Johnson   Engineer
Dennis Kirk   Engineer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer,Engineer
Sean Slade   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Slater   Producer
Warren Zevon   Composer,Producer
Jordan Zevon   Executive Producer
Waddy Wachtel   Producer
Richard Bosworth   Engineer
Joe West   Engineer
Jim Mitchell   Engineer
Greg Hayes   Engineer
Noah Scot Snyder   Producer,Engineer
Greg Ladanyl   Engineer
Mike Marrone   Liner Notes
Ariel Zevon   Liner Notes

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