This album came out after a difficult time for Zevon. Want a peek into how troubled he was look at the record sleeve reprinted on the back of the CD insert.
This photo was prepared by his wife and photographed by Lorrie Sullivan. That photo explains a lot as to why this album has such a diverse and sometime dark humor to it. The songs subjects range from: music, a mercenary, a very, very sick boy, werewolves, a love song, a train song, Mexico, separation anxiety, and being caught in the crossfire. How can one person pull these seemingly diverse subjects into a cohesive album?
Well, the three people mentioned in the first paragraph and the rest of the studio musicians did. This assemblage of songs, I believe, represents a huge cross section of life. Zevon pulls it off with love, pathos, violence, humor and a bit of cheekiness.
The nice part of this was that the SACD mastering by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh Mastering was not overdone and they maintained the integrity of the original album. They stayed true to the original sonic intent of the album's master tape especially letting the bass shine more for the SACD than on the more compressed original CD.
What the re-mastering did was provide a better overall dynamic sound with an emphasis on a wider ranging bass. The mids are a bit more pronounced and the highs are about the same. Zevon's voice still seems cloudy but works within the remastered songs. Where you will find the biggest improvements are during the more ballad-like, softer songs where the bass and mids fill in the sound more. Comparing the originals of those two was like night and day. The lead cut, 'Johnny Strikes Up The Band' is, I feel, the weakest song on the album and the remastering did nothing to improve it.
I don't know if a recommendation of the MP3 version is appropriate. Overall I find dynamic sound lacking with MP3s. Nice touch. Definitely 5 stars because of the improved sound which makes for a much better listening experience and for the music that Warren Zevon made on this album. I listened to each disc in 'Stereo' only and at the same listening level. He has many more equally superb in Warren Zevon is one of the most talented songwriters and musicians I have ever heard. He has many more equally superb in his arsenal..
Such wit, humor and feeling that will leave you wondering how could you just be hearing about him now. The reason: he was not going to sell out and be commercial.
A truly unique artist. Sad that he is not around to write more, but.. Some nit-picks on package quality tho. However, the sleeve this comes in could only be cheaper if it were made of tissue paper.
It's very thin poster board that's been folded and glued and the folded tabs on the inside keep the album from actually sliding in without some serious finagling. Also would've been nice to have the Werewolves of London alternate track and I Need a Truck like you find on all the digital copies of the album now. Great Album musically tho. I'm a fan of this recording. The songs and particularly the audio quality on album was always something I noticed.
I've always felt the rt55is lacked in the presence area, however, this remastered CD sounds very good on them. Users Also Bought. Track Listing Side A Titles. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner. Overall Rating 0 Submissions. Log In Username or Email: Forgot your username?
Password: Forgot your password? Register New customers, create your Amoeba. The album brought Zevon to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released in The further these songs get from Ronstadtland , the more I like them. The four that exorcise male psychoses by mock celebration are positively addictive, the two uncomplicated rockers do the job, and two of the purely 'serious' songs get by.
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Only 16 left in stock - order soon. Register a free business account. An incredible energy will invest you like a full blowing tornado! One person found this helpful. Well, I watched the newest episode of That Metal Show and this was the pick of the week, which led me to buying the mp3 download version of this. I always dug John Sykes and thought Blue Murder was great as well. This is a completely awsome release. Such a great live album, and who would of thought that he could pull off the David Coverdale vocals as well as he does.
So glad to have found this and cant wait for some more Sykes with Portnoy behind him. What a performance. Loaded with pure rock guitar awesome. Old John was doing screaming pick squeals when Zakk Wylde was wanking off to his Farrah Fawcett poster.
But most importantly, incredibly solid sound quality for a live album. I have bought some seriously crappy sounding live cd's but this one did not disappoint. Excellent addition to my collection.
Great live album! See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. Report abuse. Les autres chansons sont de lui, et le public japonais est friend de ces guitaristes de hard rock pure live. Translate review to English.Oct 06, · Johnny You're a Bad Boy · U.S. Army Airborne Rangers Workout to the Running Cadences U.S. Army Airborne Rangers, Vol. 1 ℗ Documentary Recordings Released on: