Warren Zevon – Reisues

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Excitable Boy – R1978 – 5*
Stand in the Fire – R1981- 5*
The Envoy – R1982 – 4*


“Werewolves of London,” the 1978 hit single propelled by Mick Fleetwood’s whomping drums, was the calling card into Zevon’s macabre world. Its corresponding album, “Excitable Boy”, concentrated Zevon’s lunacy with a procession of ruthless mercenaries and psycho killers.

With a tough studio sound laced together by Waddy Wachtel’s spiralling guitar runs, Zevon spun out cinematic narratives worthy of his film-noir heroes. “Stand in the Fire”, meanwhile, is Zevon’s rock ‘n’ roll manifesto, one of the best live albums ever.

A fevered set of raw, rusted-out-garage anthems, it’s a model of controlled chaos, Zevon bringing his cracked songs alive with fierce abandon and wry ad-libbing. “The Envoy” may be Zevon’s most overlooked effort, but from the geopolitical prescience of the title song, it’s still Zevon near the top of his game.

LUKE TORN

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