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Transverse City [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Warren ZevonAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Transverse City (24-Bit Digitally Remastered 02) 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Run Straight Down (24-Bit Digitally Remastered 02) 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Down In The Mall (24-Bit Digitally Remastered 02) 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Nobody's In Love This Year (24-Bit Digitally Remastered 02) 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00008NGC9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Stars abound on this 1989 album; Zevon collaborates with Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and Jackson Browne and is also joined by Chick Corea, Neil Young and David Gilmour (whoa!). One bonus track, too.

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Zevon masterpiece! May 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ok, so this is only Zevon's second best album of the 80s! It's probably more like 4 and a half stars, but this is one great album. And, surprisingly, it has held up very well. It probably helps that it doesn't sound like anything else released the same year.
Originally started as a cyber-concept album, Warren and his producers used up the money Virgin fronted them for this album, and abandoned the cyber-theme for straight forward versions of the remaining songs.
There are many strong cuts on here, "Splendid Isolation," "Networking," and "Turbulence," but the high-point is the closing ballad, "Nobody's In Love This Year." Possibly the best ballad of 1989 -- a year that also includes Tom Petty's "Free Falling" and Don Henley's "The Heart Of The Matter."
Virgin has remastered this set and thrown in a bonus, acoustic version of "Networking" (just Warren on guitar and harmonica). Well worth the cost, especially since it's been years since this title has even been available in this country. Now, if only Elektra would get on the stick and (re)release his late 70's/early 80's material!
Since has not listed the tracks, here they are: 1. Tranverse City, 2. Run Straight Down, 3. The Long Arm Of The Law, 4. Turbulence, 5. They Moved The Moon, 6. Splendid Isolation, 7. Networking, 8. Gridlock, 9. Down In The Mall, 10. Nobody's In Love This Year, 11. (BONUS) Networking (Acoustic).
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transverse City In The 21st Century May 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The 24-bit, digitally remastered CD of Warren Zevon's "Transverse City" sounds better than ever. The album's commercial failure upon its release may be attributed to the fact that the subject matter truly was ahead of its time.

"Transverse City" - Warren sings the lyrics at a breakneck pace, echoing the sensory overload pictured on the cover of the album. "Show us endless neon vistas, castles made of laser lights. Take us to the shopping sector in the vortex of the night...Down among the dancing quanta, everything exists at once. Up above in Transverse City, every weekend lasts for months." This could easily be the theme song for any number of sci-fi movies.

"Run Straight Down" - Outside of Transverse City is a virtual wasteland. "Fluorocarbons in the ozone layer; first the water and the wildlife go. Pretty soon there's not a creature stirring, except the robots at the dynamo." The apocalyptic mood of the song is greatly enhanced by David Gilmour's superb guitar playing.

"The Long Arm Of The Law" - Paranoia runs deep when you're living in a police state.

"Turbulence" - The then current turmoil in Moscow not only brought turbulence, it would eventually lead to the fall of communism. Even though Warren is writing about current events, the song does not sound dated.

"They Moved The Moon" - This could be Warren's answer song to Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." "When the night has come, and the land is dark, and the moon is the only light we'll see. No, I won't be afraid, just as long as you stand, stand by me." Unfortunately, Warren's lover deserted him. "I was counting on you to stand by me, to see me through. I was counting on you. They moved the moon while I looked down.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewel in the Dust December 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This disregarded album is nothing less than a masterpiece. Sure, it's easier to love if you're familiar with the cyberpunk genre of science fiction, and the arrangements are not typical of Zevon's other work, but who cares? The orchestration perfectly captures the strung-out feeing of a world of urban rot, where technology runs amok and ethics seem to have vanished. Although this album was recorded 15 years ago, the issues it addresses are still current. This is utterly characteristic of Zevon's best work--he effortlessly identifies the essential elements of the zeitgeist and renders them into finely polished, classic tunes that remain fresh forever. This album features some of his best compositions, strictly from a musical standpoint, and his singing is impassioned. "Down in the Mall" is satire on a par with "Gorilla You're A Desperado", and "Run Straight Down" can stand up to comparison to "Ronald the Headless Thompson Gunner." Yes, lines such as "down among the dancing quanta, everthing exists at once; up above in Transverse City, every weekend lasts for months" are a lot more trouble to understand than "poor poor pitiful me." However, those who care to do the work of truly listening will not be disappointed. This is an album by a man who deeply cares about his subject; and when that man is Warren Zevon, it's a masterpiece.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliver Me From Bypass Mode January 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Home computers were so far ahead of the basic consumer in 1989 that "Transverse City" pretty much blipped right over the heads of most WZ fans who first heard it back then. Now that it's been reissued, it shows itself as being way ahead of the curve. Let's face it, aside from Kraftwerk, few other artists would have thought up a couplet like "I will upload you, you can download me." And like Warren's wild hair on the jacket cover, "Transverse City" echoed the modern disarray of the times and Warren's vision of the future. After the straightforward rock of his comeback "Sentimental Hygiene," it was more than most of us could take.
Now remastered and back in print, that sprawling density makes more sense than ever and makes "Transverse City" essential. The timeliness of "Networking" in the pre-Windows Era spoke to Internet addiction while Al Gore was probably inventing it, and the mall addicts of the claustrophobic, rushed title track (where "everything exists at once") are now just as likely to be picking this CD up via Amazon as at their local record store - "Splendid Isolation" indeed.
"Isolation," along with "Nobody's In Love This Year" revisit one Warren's strongest topics; the futility of love in the modern world. Even in the "concept" format, these are Warren at his best. With guests like Chick Corea, David Gilmour and Jerry Garcia, the musicians are Zevon's usual array of top drawer players. You may have bypassed "Transverse City" two decades ago, there's no reason to miss out on it now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cars meet the Dead
Two of my favorite bands are The Cars and the Grateful Dead; sometimes I wondered if it might be possible to combine the two. Read more
Published 4 months ago by F. J. PRISCO
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Isolation!
Splendid Isolation- one his best songs ever. Makes up for some other weak ones on this. Jerry Garcia's input on title track is experimental though not memorable.
Published 5 months ago by D. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record
Item was everything it said in the description.. The record was like brand new and i am very pleased with my purchase.
Published 13 months ago by Trevor Bridges
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Good, ahead of it's time album!
I'm a working drummer in and around the Buffalo N.Y. area. I am a fan of quirky music artists and songwriters.
Warren is still wonderful and always great to listen to. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Todd Mazurek
4.0 out of 5 stars ****1/2 Futuristic recording.
"Transverse City" Did not chart (1989).
Warren gave his fans (what he had left anyway), a new wrinkle of music. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underrated
Warren Zevon made a huge stylistic departure when he released this album-long essay on the rising technocracy, fueled by the cyber-punk visions that were so popular in the late 80s... Read more
Published on July 8, 2009 by Timothy P. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars The concept here is great songwriting!
This album is as good as any other that Warren has done. The "Futuristic Concept Album" moniker that always seems to be attached to this is what really put me off from buying it... Read more
Published on September 18, 2008 by A. Kataryniak
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich lyrics set with Zevon's almost unique song writing style
While I am an admirer of Warren Zevon, I am not a committed fan simply because Rock Music is too much of the same thing over and over again to hold my interest. Read more
Published on August 28, 2006 by Craig Matteson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich lyrics set with Zevon's almost unique song writing style
While I am an admirer of Warren Zevon, I am not a committed fan simply because Rock Music is too much of the same thing over and over again to hold my interest. Read more
Published on August 28, 2006 by Craig Matteson
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best
Travese City is an unknown gem. A flawless album with great lyrics and music. I'm amazed this never got anywhere. It's a masterpiece. This is his 'Armed Forces.'
Published on October 24, 2005 by John Doe
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