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5.0 out of 5 stars Zevon Unplugged - A Masterpiece
This live album features most of Zevon's classics with the great man performing solo with only acoustic guitar and piano. Essentially this is a "greatest hits" package played live, but the sheer energy and emotion of the performances makes this a must have for any fans of intelligent songwriting.
Encompassing such early classics as Werewolves of London, Lawyers Guns...
Published on 10 Sept. 2003 by 9ftneil

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing live album
I personally found this selection rather flat. The best tracks have already been lifted and placed on the compilation album "I'll sleep when i'm dead". It just does not sound as fun and exciting as i had somehow imagined Zevon's live concerts to be...rather like Dylan's "Real Live" the songs have been overly sanitised and lost the edge they had in the...
Published on 7 April 2006 by manbearpig


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5.0 out of 5 stars Zevon Unplugged - A Masterpiece, 10 Sept. 2003
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9ftneil "9ftneil" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Learning to Flinch (Audio CD)
This live album features most of Zevon's classics with the great man performing solo with only acoustic guitar and piano. Essentially this is a "greatest hits" package played live, but the sheer energy and emotion of the performances makes this a must have for any fans of intelligent songwriting.
Encompassing such early classics as Werewolves of London, Lawyers Guns and Money,Poor Poor Pitiful Me and Play it All Night Long there are also renditions of the heartbreaking Hasten Down The Wind, one of the greatest "break up" songs ever penned by anyone, and the compelling complexity of The French Inhaler.
As always with Warren there's his customary sardonic wit aplenty with both the hilarious Excitable Boy and Mr.Bad Example, and also politics, both personal and global, with Splendid Isolation and the little known Jungle Work recalling the sordid secret ops of the CIA. For introspective existential balladeering Warren cannot be beaten and he gives spine tingling performances of Piano Fighter and likewise the incredible Indifference of Heaven is truly mesmerising. The autobiographical yearning of Searching For A Heart reveals the often brutal honesty of Warren's inner workings and he delivers it here with all the pathos of those who have truly loved and lost.
The undoubted highlight is the performance of the "long lost" Roland Chorale which leads into the spellbinding tale of ghostly mercenaries that is Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner. Originally Warren wanted to produce a musical based on the life and death of Roland the mercenary but it never saw the light of day, though the Chorale provides a glimpse of Warren's compositional abilities - he was a classically trained pianist - that hints at what might have been.
Although heavily weighted in favour of Warren's 70's early work this album is nonetheless a great snapshot of a truly great artist and performer at the peak of his powers.
There is no one to compare with Warren's sardonic wit, his black humour and his observations on human life in all it's forms, and these stripped down solo performances are a true testament to his genius. Buy this album and enrich your life, this is truly inspirational music for any generation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic full set of great music, 12 Aug. 2008
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Just one man and his brilliant songs. This is a great performance that hits the mark on all of these stunning tracks. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid in isolation..., 18 Mar. 2015
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A wonderful document of a solo acoustic tour, some of the songs are played on 12 string guitar and some on electric piano / keyboard. It's great to have these stripped down songs, and one wonders if there are further recordings from this tour that could be released at some future point. I would be excited to hear them if so. Now and then the recording quality and mix lets the set down, such as at the beginning of Mr. Bad Example when a few audience members begin a half-hearted "Warren, Warren" chant which is as audible in the mix as the opening chords of the song, and sounds very jarring. But for the most part this is a wonderful set, the highlights for me being the opener Splendid Isolation and the wonderfully segued (though actually recorded at different venues) Boom Boom Mancini and Jungle Work. A great opportunity to hear Warren alone and really delivering. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great live album, 19 Dec. 2013
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Excellent album by Warren Zevon, protige of Jackson Browne who I have listened to since the 1970s. A great listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warren live, solo and on top form., 28 Nov. 2014
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A great solo performance recorded live in Berlin. Dramatic, passionate versions of many of Warren's best songs. Just buy it.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing live album, 7 April 2006
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I personally found this selection rather flat. The best tracks have already been lifted and placed on the compilation album "I'll sleep when i'm dead". It just does not sound as fun and exciting as i had somehow imagined Zevon's live concerts to be...rather like Dylan's "Real Live" the songs have been overly sanitised and lost the edge they had in the studio. I am sure there must be better collections of Zevon's live material out there somewhere...
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