Transverse City [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Warren Zevon's seventh regular studio album began with the title track, "Transverse City," a dystopian vision of the future as an urban nightmare, a place of "endless neon vistas" and "castles made of laser light." The first of two songs co-written with Stefan Arngrim, it proved actually to be Zevon's take on the modern world, not the world to come, as he followed its portrait of "the clergy of the mall" with the song "Down in the Mall," where "You buy everything you want and then you want more," and elaborated on environmental devastation in "Run Straight Down," uncertain foreign relations in "Turbulence," and a true Los Angeleno's view endless traffic in "Gridlock," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Warren Zevon's seventh regular studio album began with the title track, "Transverse City," a dystopian vision of the future as an urban nightmare, a place of "endless neon vistas" and "castles made of laser light." The first of two songs co-written with Stefan Arngrim, it proved actually to be Zevon's take on the modern world, not the world to come, as he followed its portrait of "the clergy of the mall" with the song "Down in the Mall," where "You buy everything you want and then you want more," and elaborated on environmental devastation in "Run Straight Down," uncertain foreign relations in "Turbulence," and a true Los Angeleno's view endless traffic in "Gridlock," before concluding with the ballad lament "Nobody's in Love This Year." The only outs Zevon saw were in cyberspace on "Networking," a part of the "Splendid Isolation" of the modern man who proclaims, "I don't need no one." Zevon complemented this study of modern society with much the same kind of hard rock that was familiar from his earlier releases, incorporating a wide variety of guest stars that included Jerry Garcia guitar on "Transverse City" and "They Moved the Moon"; Pink Floyd's David Gilmour guitar on "Run Straight Down"; Chick Corea piano on "The Long Arm of the Law"; Neil Young guitar on "Gridlock"; Hot Tuna duo Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers members Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, and Howie Epstein; Little Feat's Richie Hayward; and such usual suspects as David Lindley and Waddy Wachtel. The guitarists' contributions were characteristic of them, but the overall sound was still similar to Zevon's other albums. The result was a typically witty, caustic collection. The 2003 reissue features an acoustic demo version of "Networking" that places greater emphasis on the lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724358062021
  • Catalog Number: 80620
  • Sales rank: 14,578

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Zevon Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mark Isham Flugelhorn
Jerry Garcia Guitar
Jorma Kaukonen Acoustic Guitar, Vocal Harmony
David Lindley Saz, Oud, Lap Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Neil Young Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jorge Calderon Bass, Vocal Harmony
Mike Campbell Guitar, Mandolin
Benmont Tench Organ
Jack Casady Bass, Vocal Harmony
Chick Corea Piano
Howie Epstein Banjo, Mandolin
David Gilmour Guitar
Bob Glaub Bass
Richie Hayward Drums
J.D. Souther Vocal Harmony
Jordan Zevon Vocal Harmony
Waddy Wachtel Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Rob Jaczko Percussion
Technical Credits
Duncan Aldrich Producer, Engineer
John Cutler Engineer
Andy Jackson Engineer
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Tim Mulligan Engineer
Andrew Slater Producer
David Wild Liner Notes
Warren Zevon Producer
Jimmy Wachtel Art Direction
David McEowen Remastering
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