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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 selflacerating
    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

    1. Dirty Life And Times
    2. Disorder in the House
    3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
    4. Numb as a Statue
    5. She's Too Good For Me
    6. Prison Grove
    7. El Amor De Mi Vida
    8. The Rest of the Night
    9. Please Stay
    10. Rub Me Raw
    11. Keep Me In Your Heart
    Warren Zevon
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    Hasten Down The Wind (Awaiting Repress)

    Make Haste! Grab the Limited-Edition 180g LP of this Classic Now!


    Did any musician have more talent at their beckon call during the 70s than Linda Ronstadt? Absolutely not. Part of her impeccable string of mid-1970s albums that defined California's soft-rock scene, the Grammy-winning Hasten Down the Wind is Ronstadt at her best and that's saying something. Consider the watertight repertoire: The Warren Zevon title track. Patsy Cline's (by way of Willie Nelson) 'Crazy.' Buddy Holly's 'That'll Be the Day.' Nelson's 'Down So Low.' Karla Bonoff's 'If He's Ever Near.' Ry Cooder's 'The Tattler.'


    And then, there's the supporting cast, which includes Eagles legend Don Henley on drums and harmony vocals, folk-rock legend Peter Asher on guitar, session drumming master Russ Kunkel, and multi-instrumentalist sensation Andrew Gold playing just about everything with strings or skins. Couple this with the thematically revealing cover in a nod to the escapism of fantasy romance novels, the singer stands on a beach before an ocean and a running horse, her exposing dress a sign of the lovesick vulnerability that colors the songs and Hasten Down the Wind is the complete package of sensuality, passion, and poignancy.


    Now, due to Mobile Fidelity's trademark sonic restoration, the album finally has the exquisite sound it has always deserved. Listeners can now literally feel Ronstadt's deep-seeded emotions. Even better, her covers of affecting ballads and midtempo country-rock numbers intentionally revolve around vocal-heavy arrangements. It's no wonder that the album, which topped the country charts, also yielded two Top 20 hits and resulted in the artist's first platinum-record award.


    But make haste! Quantities are limited, and, unlike Ronstadt's timeless interpretations, this will not be around forever.


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    1. Lose Again
    2. The Tattler
    3. If He's Ever Near
    4. That'll Be The Day
    5. Lo Siento Mi Vida
    6. Hasten Down the Wind
    7. Rivers of Babylon
    8. Give One Heart
    9. Try Me Again
    10. Crazy
    11. Down So Low
    12. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me
    Linda Ronstadt
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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