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Stand in the Fire

Warren ZevonAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000MGV9W0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stand In The Fire
2. Jeannie Needs A Shooter
3. Excitable Boy
4. Mohammed's Radio
5. Werewolves Of London
6. Lawyers, Guns And Money
7. The Sin
8. Poor Poor Pitiful Me
9. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
10. Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger/Bo Diddley
11. Johnny Strikes Up The Band
12. Play It All Night Long
13. Frank And Jesse James
14. Hasten Down The Wind

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Why Warren Zevon's Stand in the Fire has languished in the CD-reissue era is a mystery. It's an unbridled live rock album, recorded in 1981 when live albums were de rigueur. Zevon, for all the well-orchestrated rock (and great backing vocals on "Mohammed's Radio"), was a small-venue guy and an unlikely rocker. He tears it up on "Stand in the Fire" and adds guitar grit and vocal menace to "Werewolves of London," making the "little old lady got mutilated late last night" line sparkle and name checks James Taylor and Zevon's early champion Jackson Browne. Then there are the added tracks, all four previously unreleased. "Frank and Jesse James" rolls as a piano and vocals vehicle, brilliant in its simple dressing. And the closer, "Hasten Down the Wind," is touching, especially with the ever-aware Zevon introduction: "Speaking as one who has abused privilege a long time," he says, "I tell you, it's great to be alive." --Andrew Bartlett

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In an effort to honor the legendary singer/songwriter, Stand in the Fire has been remastered and expanded. Originally produced in 1981, this album contains such hits as "The Sin" and "Stand in the Fire" proving that Warren Zevon can rock out as well as he can write songs. This album includes four previously unreleased cuts.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Warren Zevon was on a comeback of sorts when he set out to record "Stand In The Fire." As is well known (and documented in the infamous Rolling Stone cover story), he had his addictions to battle, and this was the first tour after having conquered them. The line-change in "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" to "I got a .38 special up on the shelf, and I don't intend to use it on myself" was part of that rejuvenation. Zevon was clean and proud and ready to rip.

"Stand In The Fire" is as pure a rock rip as Zevon ever made. Songs up to "Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School" are included here, with two new songs and a goofy Bo Diddly medley. Why in the world it remained out of print (and never even issued to CD) for over 25 years is downright criminal. Somewhere after this - and documented on "Learning To Flinch" - Zevon became more an acoustic live act. When I saw him on "The Envoy" tour, it was just him, his piano and guitar. On "Stand In The Fire," however, Zevon is almost giddy with rock and roll exuberance.

Adding to this five-star document of Zevon at his peak are the four bonus cuts. My guess is (along with time restrictions) that at least two were left off the original album due to their more mellow qualities. "Frank and Jessie James" and "Hasten Down The Wind" are solo piano performances, but "Hasten" is transcendental. The anguish in Zevon's voice is awe-inspiring. This was always a five-star album in my mind, the bonus tracks add to the luster.

But it is the original 10 song album that I had the excitement for when I heard Rhino was finally going to get them out stateside. Warren Zevon is as alive as he ever was on this LP, and when he shouts out to George Gruel to get on stage and dance, it's as inspiring a moment as has ever been recorded for a live album.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocks Your Brains Out!!!! March 30, 2007
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Wow, this is what rock and roll could be, should be, used to be*. These guys are tight and they rock out! Great renditions of Warren's great songs. Warren is singing out of his mind. Lots of fun lyric variations, just enough jamming, great backing band. Warren always did know how to choose and lead a great band. (* see also Lou Reed's Rock N Roll Animal!)

The extra four tracks (Johnny Strikes up the Band, Play It All Night Long, Frank and Jesse James, and Hasten Down the Wind) are from the same concert and are also great. The last two provide a denoument to the concert: they are calmer, WZ alone at the piano. The remastered sound is wonderful.

Explosively energetic. Wonderful. This is a must for any WZ fan. Sure makes me sad that he's: too soon gone.

Essential rock n roll. One of the best rock albums ever.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine live album April 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There were better rock 'n roll singer/songwriters than Warren Zevon. Or so I heard somebody say. I think they may have been wrong.

STAND IN THE FIRE captures the Warren-in-concert feel that his newer fans (such as myself) will, alas, never be able to experience for ourselves. This is an album of great rock 'n roll--from the satirical "Excitable Boy," to the deliciously perverse romp of "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," to rollickin' surprise of "Bo Diddley's a Gunslinger," to the exquisite piano/vocal performance of "Hasten Down the Wind." From the very first note the very last, this album (like most of Zevon's records) will captivate you. Older fans will delight in hearing this treasure on CD; newer fans such as myself with simply delight in hearing it at all.
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I remember buying Warren Zevon's live album "Stand in the Fire" on vinyl in its original release at the start of the '80's. I had initially become a fan of Zevon's as a teenager in the late 1970's , after endlessly sneaking into my older brother's (off-limits) room on surreptitious missions to listen to this provacative music. I became entranced by Zevon's music and endless tales of desperados, spies, mercenaries, bad girls and werewolves.

By the time 1980 had come along, I had my own record collection going and "Stand in the Fire" was a welcomed edition, that got endless time spinning on my turn table. To me this really was a 'B*lls to the Wall' live Rock n' Roll performance, best played at high volume. But beneath the pounding drums and piano was the same literate (sometimes almost poetic) lyrics, that had first attracted me to his music. I love the humour found in songs like "Excitable Boy", "Werewolves of London" and "Lawyers Guns and Money". These songs seem to be wryly told with tongue firmly implanted in cheek. They are offset by more dramatic fare found in tunes like "Jeannie Needs A Shooter" and my personal favorite cut of the album, "Mohammed's Radio".

In this live performance it seems like Zevon is almost acting the songs out for us. I can just imagine the poor sm**k of a protagonist in "Lawyers, Guns and Money" as he proclaims about his waitress/lover..."How was I to Know/She was with the Russians too!" You can just hear Zevon just playing it up and selling the line! I also love the more personalized references, that are throughout the show.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I had this in vinyl wanted to replace it for my collection. Awesome live album. One of the greatest lyricist ever!
Published 1 month ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Blown Away
I had no clue this edition existed with its four bonus tracks. So when my wife bought it for me for Christmas, I assumed it was the same terrific stuff as I got on vinyl when it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donald T. Wardlow
5.0 out of 5 stars His best work!
IMO, the best album he ever made. I'm listening to it right now and it's awesome!!! He really feeds off the energy of the audience.
Published 4 months ago by jpooch00
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Artist, Even Greater Live
I love this record! Having seen Zevon on this tour in Nashville and purchasing it on LP, I couldn't wait for the re-issue on CD. It rocks with an exuberance you don't often hear. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clinton Ervin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tom Lehrer of Rock!
Never was a title more apt. This is on my personal list of top ten live rock albums of all time, if for no other reason than the non-stop impulsive drive of the music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Daniel G. Schaeffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have It
I'm such a fan of Warren that I'd have purchased this one regardless. A must have for your collection. Great purchase as far as I'm concerned.
Published 14 months ago by Parethed
5.0 out of 5 stars Zevon rocks best live.
This was the Zevon album I wanted for years since I left off listening to vinyl. Rhino finally made it available. It is the best!
Published 14 months ago by doctordoctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime Live
Some prime live Zevon recorded during the height of his musical powers. Backed by a tight band, the master delivers fierce performances of most of his best loved songs at the time. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best live albums, EVER!
"Stand In The Fire" #80 (1981).
One of the best live albums out there! Warren and David Landau, Roberto Pinon, Marty Stinger and Bob Harris put together one damn hot piece... Read more
Published on November 27, 2011 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars Warren Zevon at his touring peak
I saw Warren Zevon live during this time period, about 1980. He was energetic and had an excellent live group behind him that was really tight. This CD has those same qualities. Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Opinionated
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Finally emptying out the vaults
Really looking forward to hear this remastered CD version after enjoying the original vinyl for all these years. Then there's The Envoy as well as Excitable Boy to get ... excited about. Plus May 1 a CD of rare and unreleased stuff titled Preludes. Good things happening in Zevon-land!
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