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The Wind

Warren ZevonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 26, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • ASIN: B0000AGWIK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Wind is like an X-ray with a dark shadow that shouldn’t be there and can’t be ignored. Recorded after Zevon was diagnosed in 2002 with inoperable lung cancer, it sounds like the work of a guy who's still fighting, but also starting to wrap things up. Although Zevon is best known for his poison-dart wit, he’s always been a bit of a softie, too. It’s no surprise, then, that The Wind leans heavily on irony-free ballads such as "She’s Too Good for Me," "El Amor de mi Vida," and "Please Stay." But there’s also a dose of defiant blues ("Rub Me Raw") and plenty of dirty slide guitar, courtesy of Ry Cooder and David Lindley. (Other guests include Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, and Dwight Yoakam).

If the lyrics generally lack the literary precision of Zevon’s best work, the songs take on greater weight given the circumstance under which they were recorded. Heard in 1983, a party-hearty anthem like "The Rest of the Night" would’ve sounded like yet another dumb argument for hedonism, and "Numb as a Statue" might have come off as the self-lacerating joke of an alcoholic unable to deal with his emotions directly. However, on The Wind, these songs are genuinely touching, the work of a guy deadened by meds but unwilling to surrender to The Big Sleep just yet. A cover of Dylan’s "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door" is the album’s most direct comment on Zevon’s fragile health, but the most touching song is the album-closing acoustic ballad "Keep Me in Your Heart," recorded by Zevon at home after the star-studded studio work was complete. Clearly, Zevon survived one hell of a farewell party last night, but now it's morning again and there’s no telling what the rest of the day might bring. --Keith Moerer

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188 of 194 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes to Ashes -- All to the Wind February 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
You know someone is unique when the guy finds out he has a terminal illness and he, not Leno or Letterman (no, certainly not Letterman), is the one who sees gallows humor in the predicament.
On the Letterman Show, Warren Zevon, with a wry, paradoxical smile and laugh, said that his fear of doctors was "one of those phobias that didn't pay off." Also on that night, Zevon, who has told us so much through his songs, gave us a precious nugget he discovered, something he knows that David Letterman and other people whose life expectancy doesn't number in months or days, or in Warren's case, as he's already supposed to be sleeping while dead, negative numbers: we better learn to enjoy each sandwich.
Zevon, surpassing the limitations prescribed by his doctors, has lived to see the birth of his twin grandchildren and the release of his wonderful latest album, the understandably melancholy, yet at times strangely upbeat, _The Wind_. I feel privileged to bear witness to the Mutineer's final journey, as it, like his last two studio albums, holds its own with Zevon's greatest albums (Warren's best album for my money is "Life'll Kill Ya," written and recorded way before the cancer diagnosis).
Anyway, Zevon starts out with one of his great turns of phrase: "Some days I feel like my shadow's casting me, Some days the sun don't shine." I love that image of a shadow casting a person -- it evokes a darkness, a state of nothingness, death, and yet, the lyrics are carefully crafted: only on some
days does Zevon, and I'm going to presume that there's plenty of self-reference going on on this album, feel that his shadow is casting him and that the sun is not shining.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks For All The Great Songs, Warren August 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Judging by the people who helped with or appeared on this album, Warren Zevon is truly blessed with a lot of famous friends. As Warren himself said, David Letterman was the best friend his music had. Bob Dylan has taken to doing some Zevon covers in concert lately. Warren returned the favor by recording a Dylan song on this album. A partial list of those who appear on this album with Warren are: his mentor Jackson Browne, his longtime songwriting partner Jorge Calderon, Ry Cooder, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, David Lindley, Tom Petty, Timothy B. Schmit, Tommy Shaw, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Walsh and Dwight Yoakam.

"Dirty Life And Times" - When the opening line of the first song on the album is, "Some days I feel like my shadow's casting me," you can't help but be reminded of Warren's terminal illness. I can assure you that this is NOT a depressing album. With tasty guitar licks from Ry Cooder and backing vocals from Billy Bob Thornton and Dwight Yoakam, this song has a strong country music flavor to it.

"Disorder In The House" - Lyrically, this song is very reminiscent of "I Was In the House When The House Burned Down." This song is a real rocker, with Bruce Springsteen providing scorching guitar licks. His guitar solos sound like Jimi Hendrix, with Bruce holding nothing back. In addition, his vocal contributions amount to a duet between Bruce and Warren, rather than Warren singing lead with Bruce in the background.

"Knockin' On Heaven's Door" - Warren turns in a heartfelt vocal on this classic Dylan song. May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you're dead, Warren.

"Numb As A Statue" - This is another rocker, in which Warren pleads to beg, borrow or steal some feelings so he can feel something too.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rest in peace, bad-boy Zevon November 12, 2004
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I'm not a professional reviewer, just a humble fan of good music. I've read all the reviews, both professional and customer. We own this album, and we love it.

I'm appalled by the level of cruelty in some of the reviews; yes, Warren Zevon was a hard-living, even hedonistic musician - as so many are! And yes, he probably smoked himself into his final inescapable predicament. But here is a man who didn't just lie down and stop living. He fought pain, medication-fog and despair to produce one last work for family, friends and fans. For that reason alone, it is worth owning, as a testament to courage and the will to live.

Warren Zevon's music has never been for everyone. Those of you who never liked him, won't like this album either, I'm sure; but don't be so self-righteously cruel in your reviews. None of us is perfect. This album has a wide spectrum of musical flavors; most of us will find something we love on it. Many of the songs, given the circumstances, make me cry everytime I hear them.

I'll just mention my two favorites on the album: I agree with many of the reviewers that the closing song "Keep Me in Your Heart" will haunt you for a very long time. I also think the ballad "Please Stay" reveals his fragility of mind and voice; his voice wavers, misses notes, but the emotion evoked will overwhelm anyone but the hardest-hearted. This man was facing his own mortality, but mustered enough strength to live his life to the last day.

Bravo, Z-man, wherever you are now on the other side. You've inspired some of us. I, for one, am going to take your advice from now on, and "enjoy every sandwich!"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Just as good as I expected.
Published 12 days ago by Alabama Shoe Crazy
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Reccomended.
I so recommend you getting this cd, it is the last one he made and it is great!!
Published 28 days ago by Lucinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Highly recommend. Bought it for Zevon's emotional goodbye to his family, Keep Me in Your Heart For a While, but am loving the rest of the tracks as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maureen Schumacher
5.0 out of 5 stars The wind
The last work that Warren Zevon left us and some of his best work is one it. Well worth the money.
Published 3 months ago by book
5.0 out of 5 stars the wind
i bought this cd for the last song on the tract. money well spent. keep me in your heart, gerat song
Published 3 months ago by sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Zevon... Touching, irreverent, melancholy. Excellent.
Amazing final recording by one of the most underappreciated artists in the music industry. Warren Zevon completed this CD just days before his death. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Swett
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody meets the "Grand Terminus" with this much class.
If you don't know the back story, it doesn't matter. All the old friends from the old
party days showed up to play with Warren as he tried to stay alive long enough to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Beam
5.0 out of 5 stars I discovered this album after hearing 'Disorder in the House' on...
This was Warren's last work after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. and released only two weeks before his death in 2003. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mt2hi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wind is the Last of this incredible artist's work.
There is no one who has ever truly loved that will not appreciate the amazing lyrics of "Keep Me In Your Heart" and "The Wind".
Published 5 months ago by Lynn D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Zevon fan
My son recommended this to me. First time I've ever listened to Warren. Very impressed with his music and more so with his depth of feeling. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Terry
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