While writing a comment on Jason’s Pixies/Black Francis post, I stumbled across the news that Warren Zevon’s self-titled album will be getting the remastering treatment with bonus tracks.
The bonus tracks on other Zevon re-releases have been nothing special, so these are likely not worth getting excited about. However, the album itself is a masterpiece, one of my all time favorites, so I’ll happily shell out for it again if they improve the sound. Warren put out many good albums in his career, but he would never better this one.
No release date announced yet.
I have a lot of unreleased Zevon recordings, mostly live stuff. To their immense credit, the Zevon family has no problem with people distributing Warren’s recordings so long as they are not commercially available, so I’ll sort through it all one of these days and post some of the best stuff.
Here’s “Carmelita,” from the above-mentioned album. This song has been covered many times, most famously by Linda Ronstadt, Flaco Jiménez and Dwight Yoakam, and GG Allin. Not as a quartet, although that certainly would have been interesting.