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Genius: Best of Warren Zevon

By: Warren Zevon

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Track Listing

DISC 1 for Genius: Best of Warren Zevon Album By Warren Zevon
1   Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
2   French Inhaler
3   Carmelita
4   Hasten Down the Wind
5   Werewolves of London
6   Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
7   Excitable Boy
8   Lawyers, Guns and Money
9   Interlude No.1/Play It All Night Long
10   Certain Girl
11   Looking for the Next Best Thing
12   Detox Mansion
13   Reconsider Me [Single Version]
14   Boom Boom Mancini
15   Splendid Isolation
16   Raspberry Beret [Hindu Love Gods]
17   Searching for a Heart
18   Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
19   Mr. Bad Example
20   Mutineer
21   I Was in the House When the House Burned Down
22   Genius

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Album Description

A Comprehensive Single disc collection from Rocks Sardonic King. It rounds up the 22 most popular tracks from albums released by Asylum, Virgin, Giant/Reprise and Artemis from 1976-2002. Features such Zevon classics as ''Werewolves Of London,'' ''Excitable Boy,'' ''Lawyers, Guns and Money,'' ''Poor Poor Pitiful Me,'' ''I Was In The House When The House Burned Down'' and more. Elektra/Rhino. 2002.

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On the evidence of this 22-track career overview, it''s tempting to call Warren Zevon''s oeuvre a monument of pop-music dichotomy. But that assessment would sorely shortchange Zevon''s vast catalog of contradictions: the sentimental songwriter ("Hasten Down the Wind") with a nihilistic heart of darkness who makes the likes of Jello Biafra seem more like Raffi by comparison; the shrewd, successful tunesmith nonetheless laboring in service of vintage psycho-whack like "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner," "Excitable Boy," and "Werewolves of London"; a man who consorted with Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, and R.E.M. ("Boom Boom Mancini") and yet who still cheated the devil of his soul; a satirist with the keen eye of a marksman--or Randy Newman, for that matter--who somehow let his own demise get the jump on him, despite having written prescient jollities like "Mr. Bad Example" and Life''ll Kill Ya. In short, Zevon walked it like he talked it, peril be damned. If he felt like turning in a straight-up take of the R&B chestnut "A Certain Girl," or lumbering inexplicably through Prince''s "Raspberry Beret," only then to turn on a dime and indulge his classical pretenses on "Mutineer" and "Genius," so be it. Zevon just couldn''t help himself from living up to this album''s modest title. --Jerry McCulley

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