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  • Audio CD (October 19, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indieblue Music
  • ASIN: B0002XED9E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On October 19th, Artemis Records is set to release a very special tribute album to the late Warren Zevon entitled Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon. The album features many of Zevon's best-known songs performed by a stunning array of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Adam Sandler, Don Henley, The Pixies and many more. Also included are two never-before-released Zevon-penned songs.


Warren Zevon died in 2003, a year after learning he had an inoperable form of lung cancer. He took that year to wrap up loose ends, recording a moving coda to his up and down collection of albums, while being heralded by legions of admirers. This 14-song tribute to the singer-songwriter, coming out a year after his passing, allows for a cooler assessment of his gifts and, guess what? He was one hell of a songwriter. One part fierce rocker, one part slightly abashed sentimentalist, Zevon's lyrical arsenal included humor, sentiment, menace, and general weirdness, all of which he mixed and matched in wild ways. The early hits "Lawyers, Guns and Money" (done here by the Wallflowers) and "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" (recreated by Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt) turn bravado on its ear with witty self-deprecation. Pete Yorn’s take on a later gem, "Splendid Isolation," captures Zevon's gift for leftfield pathos, while Jill Sobule’s whispered "Don’t Let Us Get Sick" allows one to bask in Zevon's hardboiled sensitivity; he wanted to allow his spirit to show, but he didn’t want to get stupid about it. This compilation from his last record label was co-produced by Zevon’s son, Jordan (who performs a previously unheard number, "Studabaker") and longtime cohort Jorge Calderon (who movingly recreates Zevon’s so-long song, "Keep Me in Your Heart"). The duo bring together the likes of Bob Dylan, the Pixies, Steve Earle, and Bruce Springsteen to tip their hats to an artist who's songs deserve to live on for decades after his death. --Steven Stolder

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I personally love the whole thing, but if you hate tribute albums, buy it for Studebaker.
David Labelle
Fans of Warren Zevon are well aware of what a great artist, and songwriter, that he was during long yet too-brief career.
Donald E. Gilliland
On the other hand, Adam Sandler (!)'s rendition of "Werewolves of London" is as perfect as a werewolf's hair.

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151 of 156 people found the following review helpful By zaphod on October 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This tribute album to - in Springsteen's words, "one of the great, great American songwriters" - does a good job of capturing the spirit of Warren Zevon, as well as some of the quirkiness and humor that made him special. Some of the songs are notable in how different they are, and while some stay truer to the original versions, all of them have something in them to recommend them.

"Searching for a Heart" sounds like it could have been written and originally sung by Don Henley. It has a bit of a reggae-like beat to it, but Henley's voice fits this song perfectly, (odd, because his voice is so different than Zevon's), and the lyrics could just as easily be found on "Building the Perfect Beast," or "The End of the Innocence."

Similarly, Dylan was made to sing "Mutineer." Before I even heard him sing it, I knew exactly HOW he would sing it - like the pre-1975 versions of "Just like a Woman," (sans harmonica) the nasally Dylan twang included, phrasing it ("I was born to rock the booooaaat") in Dylanesque fashion. Real neat. Though Zevon still sings it better.

Jackson Browne's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" isn't as edgy, or as funny, ("I don't wanna talk about it . . .") as Zevon's, but it ain't Linda Ronstadt either. He changes the beat, and the melody, a few lyrics too, and he kind of opens up the song. It all works pretty well.

Probably the only song I wasn't originally thrilled with was Billy Bob Thornton's "The Wind." Not that it sounded bad, and I'm not really familiar with how Thornton usually sings, but his whispery vocals didn't sound quite right. Maybe that is his normal singing voice, but it sounds as if he is trying to imitate Zevon's voice, but he can't quite do that.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By William H. Maruca on October 25, 2004
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The late Warren Zevon was the Grim Reaper's personal poet laureate and court jester throughout his long career. Hard to believe that only one of these songs (as far as I know) was written after he learned of his diagnosis. Son Jordan and longtime producer/cowriter/bassist Jorge Calderon assembled many of Zevon's closest collaborators, sidemen, cronies and admirers for a romp through both the sardonic, gallows-humor pieces he was famous for, but also the vulnerable, emotionally raw ballads he was equally adept at writing and delivering.

Zevon liked singing actors for their ability to deliver the emotional content of a song, so he'd be pleased by Sandler's surprisingly muscular delivery on Werewolves and Thornton's gravelly, Tom Waits-meets-Robbie Robertson take on the spooky dirge The Wind (NOT from the album of the same name - is this an unreleased song from that project?) Springsteen makes My Ride's Here sound like an outtake from one of his first two albums, rich with the kind of wit and literate wordplay he hasn't employed since. Both Dylans do their selections justice -have they ever appeared on the same album together before? Despite the presence of so many of Zevon's studio cohorts these versions sparkle with fresh ideas, from Waddy Wachtel's hint of ska on Werewolves to his "Summertime Blues" like riff on Poor Poor Pitiful Me. The Pixies remind us that there was a jagged punk edge beneath Zevon's laid-back L.A. veneer. I'd have liked to hear a double CD with some more of Zevon's buddies (REM, Neil Young) and contemporaries (Richard Thompson, Lyle Lovett) but a single CD will do.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Desantis on October 24, 2004
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There are some standout moments on this CD. If you really love Zevon's music, just try to listen to the contributions of Bruce Springsteen or Jill Sobule and not get choked up. Pete Yorn and Lindley/Cooder also provide outstanding takes on "Splendid Isolation" and "Monkey Wash, Donkey Rinse," respectively.

There are some weak moments, however. I deeply love the Pixies, but their version of "Ain't That Pretty at All" felt like it was discussed, rehearsed once or twice, then recorded. And Billy Bob Thornton's take on "The Wind" is so excruciatingly bad as to be barely listenable.

Zevon fans will enjoy this album, but probably not as much as they would enjoy an actual Warren Zevon album.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2004
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I approach tribute albums somewhat warily. Often they only succeed in making me want to hear the original songs by the original artist instead. Enjoy Every Sandwich is a pleasant exception. The cover artists do a really good job of staying faithful to the spirit of Zevon's material, while (mostly) managing not to be too literal with their interpretations. Part of what makes this CD work so well is the involvement of people who have a previous history with Warren and his work, people such as Waddy Wachtel, Jackson Browne and Jorge Calderon. And even those who DON'T have much of history (Pixies, Pete Yorn) seem to have achieved an understanding.

Among the highlights of Every Sandwich are Mr. Browne's scorching "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," with Bonnie Raitt, and the fun, zydeco-ish duet by David Lindley and Ry Cooder on "Monkey Wash, Donkey Rinse." I was also suprised by Adam Sandler's powerful take on the signature tune ("Werewolves"), and struck by son Jordan Zevon's singing on "Studebaker." There were only a couple of disappointments, especially actor Billy Bob Thornton's tepid version of "The Wind." He really doesn't belong on this CD with the other artists.
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