Stand in the Fire [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the release of Warren Zevon's fourth album, Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School, he was clean and sober for the first time in years, and on-stage he was determined to make the most of his newfound strength and self-control. While his songs long had a dark and frantic undercurrent, Zevon was now capable of playing a no-holds-barred rock show where he could bring the sharper edges of his music to the forefront. Anyone who saw Zevon on what he called "The Dog Ate the Part We Didn't Like Tour" can attest to the fact he was in superb form, playing music that rocked hard while displaying intelligence, passion, and a sharply corrosive wit, and Stand in the Fire, recorded ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After the release of Warren Zevon's fourth album, Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School, he was clean and sober for the first time in years, and on-stage he was determined to make the most of his newfound strength and self-control. While his songs long had a dark and frantic undercurrent, Zevon was now capable of playing a no-holds-barred rock show where he could bring the sharper edges of his music to the forefront. Anyone who saw Zevon on what he called "The Dog Ate the Part We Didn't Like Tour" can attest to the fact he was in superb form, playing music that rocked hard while displaying intelligence, passion, and a sharply corrosive wit, and Stand in the Fire, recorded during a five-night stand at L.A.'s Roxy near the end of the tour, captures Zevon and his band at their peak. The musicians (anchored by flashy lead guitarist David Landau) pour out these tunes with plenty of fire, and the songs rock a lot harder than anything Zevon had summoned in the studio at that point. And the artist proved he was a superb rock & roll frontman on this tour, singing with mean-spirited glee (for a change, "Werewolves of London" and "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" sound just as menacing as they were meant to be) and spewing hilarious bile at every turn (his ad-libbed "the Ayatollah has his problems, too" on "Mohammed's Radio" alone is worth the price of admission). The set list is dominated by Zevon's better-known tunes of the period, though there are two otherwise unrecorded originals (the OK title cut and the blazing "The Sin"), and a rave-up encore on "Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger" that revels in the joyous surrealism of the lyrics, and if one might have hoped for a more imaginative selection of material, these guys nail everything on deck. No one argues that Warren Zevon is a gifted singer and songwriter, but Stand in the Fire proves that, when he wants to, he can also rock with the best of 'em. [In 2007, Rhino Records finally gave Stand in the Fire its long-overdue CD release. The new edition includes fine new liner notes from David Fricke (who reviewed the album for Rolling Stone on its initial release), a brief forward from Carl Hiaasen, and four bonus tracks recorded during the same run of Roxy shows. If the synthesizer-enhanced version of "Play It All Night Long" isn't as strong as one might wish, Zevon performs it full-out, and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band" is much improved over its studio version on Excitable Boy. Two solo piano and voice cuts close out the set, and if Zevon's voice is starting to fray on "Frank and Jesse James" and "Hasten Down the Wind," the fierce passion of his performances more than compensates, and only adds to one of the strongest and most underrated albums of Zevon's career.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227999766
  • Catalog Number: 101780
  • Sales rank: 39,855

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Zevon Primary Artist, Piano, 12-string Guitar
Bob Harris Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals
David Landau Guitar
Roberto Pinon Bass, Vocals
Marty Stinger Drums
Zeke Zirngiebel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Aaron Norris Rhythm
Technical Credits
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Mike Adams Stage Mix
Michael Curtis Art Direction
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Greg Ladanyi Producer, Engineer, Original Album Producer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Billy Youdelman Engineer
Warren Zevon Composer, Producer, Original Album Producer
Waddy Wachtel Composer
Chris Rankin Contributor
David Fricke Liner Notes
Bernie Fromm Contributor
Jimmy Wachtel Art Direction
Joanne Di Vito Choreographer
Tom McGuane Author
Aaron Norris Stunt Coordinator
Carl Hiaasen Liner Notes
Roger "Snake" Klein Contributor
Phillip DeMeir Contributor
Mario Maglieri Contributor
Steve Nader House Mix
Ivy Urdahl Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    EXCELLENT live album...

    This is vintage Warren Zevon here, folks. Warren and his band sound like they had the time of their lives at this show and even though it is over 25 years old and Warren is no longer with us, this live document serves to remind us of his witty, sarcastic, touching, insane personality. The energy explodes, and Warren reworks a couple songs ("Werewolves" is slowed down and has some extra lyrics, as does "Mohammed's Radio"). It is also one of the few remastered albums by any artist where the bonus material is not only good, but fantastic. If you buy just one album by Warren Zevon, this should be it!

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