Warren Zevon (album)

Warren Zevon is the second studio album by American musician Warren Zevon. This album was recorded in 1975 and released on May 10, 1976, by Asylum Records. A remastered version of the album with special bonus tracks was released in 2008 by Rhino Records.[4]

Warren Zevon
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 18, 1976
StudioSunset Sound, Los Angeles and Elektra Sound Recorders, Los Angeles
ProducerJackson Browne
Warren Zevon chronology
Wanted Dead or Alive
Warren Zevon
Excitable Boy
Singles from Warren Zevon
  1. "Hasten Down the Wind"
    Released: 1976
  2. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]
Rolling Stone(positive)[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "I am suspicious of singer-songwriters who draw attention to phrases like 'hasten down the wind,' and I would suggest a moratorium on songs about the James Brothers that don't also rhyme 'pollution' and 'solution.' But I like the way Zevon resists pigeonholes like 'country-rock' while avoiding both the banal and the mystagogical, and I like quatrains like: 'And if California slides into the ocean/Like the mystics and statistics say it will/I predict this motel will be standing/Until I pay my bill.'"[3]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Warren Zevon.

Side one
1."Frank and Jesse James"4:33
2."Mama Couldn't Be Persuaded"2:53
3."Backs Turned Looking Down the Path"2:27
4."Hasten Down the Wind"2:58
5."Poor Poor Pitiful Me"3:04
6."The French Inhaler"3:44
Side two
7."Mohammed's Radio"3:40
8."I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"2:56
10."Join Me in L.A."3:13
11."Desperados Under the Eaves"4:45




Chart (1976) Peak
Billboard Top LPs & Tape 189


  1. ^ "Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  2. ^ Mark Deming. "Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: Z". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 23, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ a b "Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon". PopMatters. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  5. ^ "Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Web.archive.org. 1976-07-15. Archived from the original on October 1, 2007. Retrieved 2015-10-23.