The Wind

The Wind

by Warren ZevonWarren Zevon


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It's impossible to listen to The Wind without pondering the circumstances surrounding its creation -- namely, the terminal cancer diagnosis that Warren Zevon received just before embarking on his final musical journey. But as with everything else the mercurial, acerbic singer-songwriter has produced, the disc is anything but a simple epitaph. Yes, he drops a cover of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" into the middle of the disc, but he doesn't stoop to milking it for maudlin effect -- heck, he even cracks wise at the pearly gates, ending his version with shouts of "Open up!" The Wind is evenly split between rock numbers and more subdued ballads, the latter of which, especially "Please Stay," show the wear and tear Zevon's illness has had on his already gravelly voice. He's bolstered, however, by a slew of guests, including Ry Cooder, Don Henley, T-Bone Burnett, and Emmylou Harris, who impart a feel midway between a house party and an Irish wake -- particularly the bluesy "Rub Me Raw," which is cleaved by a raucous Joe Walsh guitar solo, and the ribald romp "Dirty Life and Times," on which he gets some vocal aid from Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton. Similarly, when Bruce Springsteen chimes in on "Disorder in the House," Zevon's barbed-wire wit is honed to an even more affecting sharpness. It's rare that an artist is given the opportunity to write his own epitaph, and it's somehow fitting that providence granted the chance to someone as capable of handling it as Warren Zevon.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
Label: Indieblue Music
UPC: 0699675115623
catalogNumber: 51156

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Zevon   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
Dwight Yoakam   Background Vocals
Jackson Browne   Background Vocals
Ry Cooder   Slide Guitar
Don Henley   Drums
David Lindley   Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Electric Saz
Tom Petty   Background Vocals
Bruce Springsteen   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Waite   Background Vocals
Joe Walsh   Slide Guitar
Jorge Calderon   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Maracas,Background Vocals,Tres,Spanish Vocals
Tommy Shaw   Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Mike Campbell   Electric Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Gil Bernal   Saxophone
T Bone Burnett   Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Drums,Maracas
Brad Davis   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Gorman   Drums
Reggie Hamilton   Upright Bass
Randy Mitchell   Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
James Raymond   Piano
Timothy B. Schmit   Background Vocals
Jordan Zevon   Background Vocals
Billy Bob Thornton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Jorge Calderon   Composer,Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Warren Zevon   Composer,Producer
Jordan Zevon   Executive Producer
James Michell   Engineer
Joe West   Engineer
Matthew Rolston   Cover Photo
Greg Hayes   Engineer
Bridgette Barr   Executive Producer
Noah Snyder   Producer,Engineer

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