WARREN ZEVON The Alternate Warren Zevon (1976)

The Alternate Warren Zevon (1976)
The Debut Album, Using Outtakes

I casually tossed around some derogatory remarks regarding Warren Zevon’s L.A. crew getting out-rocked by some Georgia boys (REM) on our Sentimental Hygiene post. Well… I’m munching on those tasty words, all while enjoying this alternate universe version of Warren Zevon’s outstanding (decade-long) debut, Warren Zevon. As the title suggests, The Alternate Warren Zevon is a collection of alternate takes (along with a demo and a live track), giving noisy skeptics (ahem) a chance to hear those L.A. guys in action, live in the studio. And, virtually all of this recreation either is, or at least sounds, live. Besides the great songwriting, the groove is creative and irresistible, flubs and alterations intact, and Zevon & his keys fit snugly into L.A. studio surrounds. Listen to “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” (with a gypsy violin lead instead of a second guitar), just to hear how much fun these guys are having. These tracks come from the 2008 2CD Deluxe Warren Zevon (though, the label didn’t bother to ‘replicate’ the original). PS: After compiling this and digitizing the original cover art – using the same techniques that the Maysles Brothers used on Gimme Shelter to root out a killer Hell’s Angel – I’ve come to the conclusion that Zevon is giving us all the finger.

Frank and Jesse James (Alternate Version) (4:41)
Mama Couldn’t Be Persuaded (Live WMMS 10-13-76) (2:01)
Backs Turned Looking Down The Path (Take 1) (2:33)
Hasten Down The Wind (demo) (2:50)
Poor, Poor Pitiful Me (Alternate Version) (3:24)
The French Inhaler (Take 1) (3:48)
Mohammed’s Radio (Take 2) (4:02)
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Alternate Version) (3:06)
Carmelita (Alternate Version) (3:39)
Join Me in L.A. (Take 2) (4:23)
Desperados Under The Eaves (Take 2) (4:14)


  • Willard
    December 19, 2011 - 08:51 | Permalink

    Search HERE

    • Tony
      December 23, 2011 - 04:39 | Permalink

      Thanks once again Willard for all the great stuff you dig out and a very happy Christmas to you

  • buzz baby jesus
    December 19, 2011 - 10:36 | Permalink

    One thing about session musicians I’ve come to appreciate is that they can really play, and get it in a take or two.

    • Willard
      December 19, 2011 - 11:20 | Permalink

      S’why they make the big bucks.

  • Heavybreizhad
    December 19, 2011 - 15:05 | Permalink

    Merci beaucoup Willard. Beau cadeau de Noel/ Thanks a lot for this beautiful gift Willard

  • ate2zee
    December 20, 2011 - 03:56 | Permalink

    Thanks for the Warren Zevon. I’m looking forward to hearing it. You’re probably right about WZ’s finger. I just wish he was still around to give it to us again.

  • Bob
    December 20, 2011 - 11:00 | Permalink

    Debut? Are you forgetting “Wanted Dead or Alive”?

    I know I am.

    • Willard
      December 20, 2011 - 11:11 | Permalink

      Actually, I did. Until now.

  • Colonel PAnic
    December 27, 2011 - 08:29 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, for everything… and all the best for the new year.

    • Willard
      December 27, 2011 - 09:28 | Permalink

      Same to you, Col.

  • Beega
    December 6, 2012 - 13:02 | Permalink

    ..Thanks Willard, great stuff..Saw Zevon in Montreal circa 76-77(?), he was pretty wrecked but the the band cooked & was enjoyed by all!..Keep up your tremendous work, appreciated by everyone..Best, Cheers Beega in Florida

  • Willard
    December 6, 2012 - 13:11 | Permalink

    Thanks. I saw him a few times myself, beginning in 1980. I remember one time (in Florida, as it happens) there was a screaming match backstage between Zevon’s road manager and a local newspaper guy who had written something about Zevon’s alcoholic intake. The RM was calling the writer out, saying he was full of shit, but – unless I’m mistaken – Zevon was still imbibing at the time (and looked it). Thanks for commenting.

  • ChevyW
    January 4, 2013 - 07:52 | Permalink

    great stuff Willard. I’ve only just been really listening to Zevon in the past few weeks (i’d heard some stuff in the past but i’d never stopped to listen to the stuff at length). I recently brought 5 of his early albums in a box set, “Warren Zevon” – “The Envoy: but none of the CDs include the bonus tracks that are available on other releases. Has anyone thought about doing a Warren Zevon Bonus Tracks Collection similar to the ones you’ve done for The Doors etc.?

    • Willard
      January 4, 2013 - 10:30 | Permalink

      Not a bad idea, but all my Zevon stuff is ancient and without bonus tracks, too. Wasn’t even aware of any, really.

  • B
    January 6, 2013 - 09:24 | Permalink

    I have ripped all of Zevon’s albums @ 320 (remasters w/bonus tracks). If anyone is interested in links, just let me know. Thanks for all the great stuff, Willard! l

  • Willard
    January 8, 2013 - 10:18 | Permalink

    Hey B… drop me an email (there’s a contact link in the upper right corner), or just reply and included your email as part of your name (don’t post the address in the comment). Got a couple questions for you. Thanks.

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