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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Overstocks
  • ASIN: B000EQIQYM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 725,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andy Clare on 12 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
God, its so good to hear this again. 'Stand In The Fire' stood out as a real, grab-you-by-the-throat live album back in 1980 and this inspired Rhino remaster proves that somethings don't fade with time.

All the other reviews here are spot on so this really is a no-risk purchase. The intimacy of the Roxy club setting, the tightness of his road band and the sheer exhuberhance of WZ as a performer adds a vibrancy and punch to many of recorded versions (Excitable Boy and Werewolves spring to mind). Whilst many of his LA peers at the time were synonymous with the laid-back, introspective singer-songwriter stereotype, this release shows Zevon as an in-yer-face, rock and roll entertainer. He positively growls, snarls and hollers his way through the songs - relishing each dark and sinister twist as only one who has lived through them could. If this were an advert for sobriety, then its a damn fine one as you could be forgiven for (mistakenly) thinking this raucous, high energy performance was fuelled by Jack Daniels, Jose Cuervero or Jim Beam.

The four unreleased tracks, unlike some expanded remasters, sit perfectly with the original 10 and bring the show to a quieter, more reflective conclusion. That, in a way, points to 'Learning To Flinch', an equally good but different insight into WZ a decade or more years down the line. Solo, with just guitar, effects and piano, the performance is still acerbic, cynical, amusing, romantic and lyrical but with a poignancy rarely detectable here. For now though, simply relish the power and vibrancy of 'Stand In The Fire'. Put it in the CD, crank up the volume and play to anyone, no matter their age, who dismisses late 70's/80's rock as irrelevant and flabby. A timeless performance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 9ftneil VINE VOICE on 11 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
At last, at long long last some record exec has finally seen fit to release this seminal

Zevon album, his first and best live album recorded at the Roxy in L.A.

when Warren was riding high as the bad boy maverick of the West Coast scene.

Everything about this performance is pure unbridled Warren at his most

cussed, cantankerous, and raging best.

If you're a Zevon fan you'll know how special this album is and how long

we've waited for a digital release, well here it is and despite the current price being

somewhat prohibitive price to those of us who resent having to pay more than a tenner for ANY

CD this "import" is well worth the extra shekels of your hard earned cash.

If you're a casual Zevon fan but you know your Live Rust, Stop Making Sense,

Live & Dangerous, Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, Live/Dead, Metallic KO etc... in short you know what makes a classic live album then you could do worse than delve into the crazy

whiskey soaked brilliance of this recording. Truly this is one of those live albums that captures an artist at their peak and overshadows

their studio work like a diamond in the dust.

Like all great live albums it begins with a sucker punching 1-2 kicking off with the title track

that is Warren's declaration of intent, he's gonna stand in the fire, take whatever life throws at him

and he doesn't give a damn, it's his life and he'll lead it any goddamn way he pleases!

The fact he has a killer band backing his sentiments and he's raging at the world's indifference,

stupidity, banality and absurdity makes for a truly thrilling opening.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ole J. Bekken on 25 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
About time this was released. It is one of the few live albums that takes the studio versions to a new level. Each and every song here is delivered by a fantastic band straight in your face. Warren lets his songs come through stronger than the studio versions and his vocal delivery is first grade. You get all his best songs performed as they were intended to. Perhaps my favourite live album of all time.

It does not get any better than this!
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By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Let's face it, it's rare to rave about live albums. They rarely add much to an artist's repetoire, you know all the music, and the applause can be a bit annoying. However, those rules don't apply when we're talking about Warren Zevon.

Stand in The Fire captures Zevon at his crazy, brilliant best, belting out familiar songs from his catalogue to a hugely appreciate audience at the Roxy. He's backed by excellent musicians - and in some ways this reminds me of a US version of Ian Dury and the Blockheads; the music is skilfully done, tightly controlled and more than a little edgy. Zevon clearly relishes the moment and goes for it.

Even the additional bonus tracks don't sound out of place, although by the time we reach the final couple of numbers, Zevon's voice sounds cracked and tired and he's not sounding his best. Still, it's one gig you wish - on the evidence of this recording - that'd you'd been there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don D on 5 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
A great CD, this one - full of fire and skill. Zevon's enthusiasm and ability just spring out of every track, and it's a treat to listen to. His band are tight and the crowd clearly love every second. One of the best live albums I've ever heard, and the selection of material is perfection. The extended sections to introduce several of the songs (such as "Roland") work well too.
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