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A Quiet Normal Life - The Best of Warren Zevon [CD]

Warren ZevonAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This L.A. singer-songwriter is anything but normal, and this collection charts the fiery course of his career with Werewolves of London; Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner; Poor Poor Pitiful Me; Lawyers, Guns and Money; Desperados Under the Eaves and more.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Platter of Mr. Z July 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For the unitiated, the fourteen songs contained on "A Quiet Normal Life" are about as fine an introduction to this quirky artist as you could hope for. Covering Zevon's most creative period (1976-1982), it contains most of his best known songs. The catchy tunes "Werewolves of London" and "Exciteable Boy" that start things off are perfect Zevon, featuring excellent hooks and truly funny (and horrific) lyrics. And there are other tracks that duplicate these highlights, including "Lawyers, Guns and Money," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner." Zevon is a devastatingly talented songwriter who at his best cuts sharply with biting wit and social commentary that isn't heavty handed. Occassionally, with a tune like "Looking for the Next Best Thing," he can even show a surprising tender side.
Overall, "A Quiet Normal Life" is a terrific introduction to the unique genius that is Warren Zevon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warren, we wish we'd known ye better September 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This one gets moved to the top of the review priority list after hearing that Zevon has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. This was shocking news for someone so young. While it's cruel to say his best years were behind him (that's what too much substance abuse will do), what he's going to leave behind is very special.
I was in college when "Excitable Boy" came out. He was called "The New Contender", and for awhile he was. That album remains an all-time classic, and six songs from that album are deservedly on this one.
But there was more good stuff, before and after. Before "...Boy" hit, he was mostly known for writing "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me", which was a hit for Linda Ronstadt. He has his own excellent version here, plus "Mohammed's Radio", "Desperados Under the Eaves", and what should have been his signature song, the outstanding "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" from that period.
He would never come out with something as great as "...Boy" again, but there was more. My favorite of these is "The Envoy". The album ends with "Looking for the Next Best Thing", which you can interpret any way you want to. A couple more albums like this, and he would have not only been a contender, he could have been the best that ever was.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip This for "Genius" September 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Warren Zevon is a lost American Treasure. Like John Prine and maybe Randy Newman, he understood that songs could also stand as separate literary structures. But since "Genius" contains his post Elektra/Asylum output and the uncensored version of "Lawyers Guns and Money" (the you-know-what does not hit the fan on "AQNL"), "Genius" is the better buy. Of course, if you're feeling adventurous and have a few extra bucks, you should spring for "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead."
"Genius" does trade off "AQNL's" "Ain't That Pretty at All" and the title track to the brilliant "The Envoy." Maybe someday that album and the live "Stand In The Fire" will make it to CD....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I should have read this page first January 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If I'd have known that "Lawyers, Guns, & Money" was edited, I wouldn't have bought this. Also, I think it's time to release an updated greatest hits with some of his more current tunes plus a more diverse selection of old ones. The tracks on this CD all sound fairly much the same, and it makes for pretty tedious listening.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warren Zevon - A Unique Songwriter September 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Even though "The Best Of Warren Zevon" only covers the years he was on Asylum records, it is still worth getting. Among the quirky characters and twisted love songs, Warren Zevon wrote "The Envoy" in 1982. Its lyrics are eerily prophetic and just as relevant, if not more so, to the state of the world today. "Nuclear arms in the Middle East. Israel's attacking the Iraquis. The Syrians are mad at the Labanese, and Baghdad does whatever she please. Looks like another threat to world peace, for the envoy." The fact that the album "The Envoy" is out of print makes this Zevon collection indispensable. The version of "Lawyers, Guns And Money" included in this compilation is the single, edited version. That makes the song highly collectible, since it's the only edited version available on CD. "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" is sadly ironic, as Warren Zevon is fast approaching the big sleep. I hope this CD helps people to remember him for much more than "Werewolves Of London."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A place to start. March 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Like most Greatest Hit collections, A Quiet Normal Life captures most of the early highlights of Zevon's career but is far from comprehensive. If you only know "Werewolves of London" this might be a good place to start but the real fans are going to go for I'll Sleep When I'm Dead the more comprehensive anthology. Pretty pathetic liner notes accompany this Hits package and it should be used as intro to Zevon only. Hardcore fans save your bucks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By jlabel
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most of these songs are great, notably the stuff from the 1970's. However, in my rush to purchase I didn't notice the physical disk is from 1990. The mastering is very early digital which is harsh with not much bottom. I am sure I would have been better off to get the 2 disk 2002 version "Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon". More expensive but I expect the tracks are better sounding. I won't return this as I consider this error my fault and Amazon generously gave me AutoRip as well. I can't recommend this package however.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great collection of his work. Love his story-telling.
Published 14 days ago by bkhayden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great songs by Warren Zevon.l
Published 14 days ago by Vincent B. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best of.
Absolutely the best of.
Published 20 days ago by Ken H
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Best of Album!
Any fan of Warren will enjoy this is quintessential Zevon @ it's best!
Published 2 months ago by E
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Zevon alive
We need to remember this great music artistic person! He wrote for lots of popular singers and he wrote for himself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leif E. Dolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed!!
Ordered this CD here. Very disappointed as the last verse of Lawyers, Guns and Money is MISSING/DELETED!!?? WTF?! Otherwise love Warren Zevon pure genius! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Omaha B
5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend!
I had lost this cd and just replaced it! Warren Zevon was a talent to be reckoned with! He left this world way to soon. RIP Warren Zevon.
Published 5 months ago by Twiggy
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved Warren Zevon
His style is so individualistic and wacky. I love his songs and I honestly can't think of a single track on his cd I didn't like.
Published 6 months ago by Linda Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars A sampling of a master
Warren produced more great music after this was issued, but this is still a fine sampling. And now, based on one of his songs, he can sleep, unfortunately.
Published 9 months ago by Ronald D. Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Warren Zevon
Had some hits that I remembered and others that I didn't. Good selection.
Wished it had some of the Grammy-nominated post-humous stuff, but that's not Amazon's issue.
Published 14 months ago by Carl W Johnson
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