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The Wind

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Dirty Life And Times
Disorder In The House
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Numb As A Statue
She's Too Good For Me
Prison Grove
El Amor De Mi Vida
The Rest Of The Night
Please Stay
Rub Me Raw
Keep Me In Your Heart
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 45:09

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Don Waller


Warren Zevon, The Wind
2003 | Label: IndieBlu Music / Entertainment One Distribution

Warren Zevon was a sardonic singer-songwriter famed for his dark, witty lyrics and odd subject matter — his big hit was "Werewolves of London." But his final studio effort balances typical bone-dry drollies ("Dirty Life and Times," "Numb as a Statue," "The Rest of the Night") with a plain-spoken emotional nakedness, whether covering Bob Dylan's "Knockin 'on Heaven's Door" or, most notably, on the album's elegaic closing track, "Keep Me in Your Heart." (Zevon would… read more »

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enjoy every sandwich


It's hard to listen to this album with a dry eye. Warren Zevon has always been a very under appreciated musician, singer, and song writer. His history of who he has sat in with for recordings is pretty darn amazing as well. However, this being his last album is more heartfelt than most of his other work. If you want to hear something crazy, look up Hindu Love Gods. REM and Warren Zevon with a fake book. They do a very excellent cover of Raspberry Beret.

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The Wind


I write this note with tears in my eyes. I was a very casual fan of Warren Zevon until I heard this CD. The songs are so heartfelt and inciteful. As deep as the songs are they draw you in smoothly and subtly. A cd you can put on repeat for hours. A cry in celebration of life, he is missed.

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warren zevon


He deserved more respect as a singer and songwriter than he got in his lifetime. A funny and introspective man whose albums are worth a listen. Not for everybody but maybe thats what made him so good, Some beautiful ballads and some acidic wit. Not many like him and he is missed.

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More Than a Pity Party


The obligatory five star ratings are nice, but even Zevon might have sneered at some of the pre-fab VH1 crocodile tears and swapped it for a few more months to really nail this one down. As it is, there's a rushed, sketched-in feel to too many of these songs, and others suffer from a sort of frantic busyness and over-reliance on guest stars intended to cover up the weak parts. But the highlights -- the haunting Dylan cover, the fragments of resignation and defiance littered throughout the lyrics, the pure heartbreak of "Keep Me in Your Heart" -- keep this from a mere pity party. His final album is neither a bang nor a whimper, but something deeper: a long sigh of regret, resignation, defiance and yes, even -- GASP! --contentment. Sleep well, Warren.

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His Music Lives On


Say this for Warren Zevon. He knew how to make an exit. Has there ever been a finer song by a dying man than "Keep Me in Your Heart?'' His voice is so raw, and some of his songs are so unusual, that a lot of America didn't get Zevon when he was alive. But the guy could write a tune. Give a listen to "She's Too Good for Me,'' for instance. Rest in peace, Warren.

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Get it!!


I got this when it was first released, and it's still one of my favorite albums ever. Dark and beautiful, an unvarnished meditation on the joy of living and courage in the face of imminent death.

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One of the Best Ever


"The Wind" is one of the best pop albums I've ever heard. Great craftsmanship with memorable tunes and lyrics that put most other rock artists to shame. We played "Keep Me in Your Heart" at the conclusion of my mother's funeral and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. The rockers really rock and the ballads move you. While I realize that Warren Zevon isn't everybody's cup of tequila (sorry, couldn't resist the pun), "The Wind" offers the best that rock music can produce. We lost him far too soon.

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mental fresh air


when your looking for an anima for your musical mind,try this album.i have been a fan of his and i respect him like i respect dylan prine,cash and all the good singer song writers.I will miss him deeply,turn on this album and breath the fress air,PEACE

They Say All Music Guide

In late August of 2002, Warren Zevon was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a virulent and inoperable form of lung cancer; with his life expectancy expected to be no more than a few months, Zevon focused his dwindling energies on completing a final album, and The Wind, released a year after Zevon learned of his condition, was the result. With a back story like that, it’s all but impossible to ignore the subtext of Zevon’s mortality while listening to The Wind, though, thankfully, he’s opted not to make an album about illness or death (ironically, he already did that with 2000′s Life’ll Kill Ya) or create a musical last will and testament. While The Wind occasionally and obliquely touches on Zevon’s illness — most notably the mournful “Keep Me in Your Heart” and the dirty blues raunch of “Rub Me Raw” — in many ways it sounds like a fairly typical Warren Zevon album, though of course this time out the caustic wit cuts a bit deeper, the screeds against a world gone mad sound more woeful, and the love songs suggest higher emotional stakes than before. The Wind also lays in a higher compliment of celebrity guest stars than usual, and while obviously a lot of these folks are old friends wanting to help a pal in need, in some cases the ringers help to carry the weight for Zevon, who, while in good voice, can’t summon up the power he did in his salad days. And remarkably, the trick works on several cuts; Bruce Springsteen’s rollicking guest vocal on “Disorder in the House” offers just the kick the tune needed, Tom Petty’s laid-back smirk brings a sleazy undertow to “The Rest of the Night,” and Dwight Yoakam’s harmonies on “Dirty Life and Times” are the perfect touch for the tune. In terms of material, The Wind isn’t a great Zevon album, but it’s a pretty good one; “El Amour de Mi Vida” is a simple but affecting look at lost love, “Prison Grove” is a superior character piece about life behind bars, and “Numb as a Statue,” “Disorder in the House,” and “Dirty Life and Times” prove the prospect of imminent death hasn’t alleviated Zevon’s cynicism in the least. (It’s hard to say if he’s being sincere or darkly witty with his cover of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” though he manages to make it work both ways.) And the assembled musicians — among them Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, and Jim Keltner — serve up their best licks without taking the show away from Zevon, who, despite his obvious weakness, firmly commands the spotlight. The Wind feels less like a grand final statement of Warren Zevon’s career than one last walk around the field, with the star nodding to his pals, offering a last look at what he does best, and quietly but firmly leaving listeners convinced that he exits the game with no shame and no regrets. Which, all in all, is a pretty good way to remember the guy. – Mark Deming

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