Preludes: Rare and Unreleased Recordings
12" 2LP Release for Record Store Day 2021
Following Warren Zevon's death in 2003, his son Jordan Zevon discovered 126 unreleased outtakes and demos in a piano-sized touring case. This discovery would be distilled down to the best of these recordings and eventually released as a 2CD set titled Preludes released on May 1, 2007. When the album was released, it featured sixteen unreleased recordings from Zevon's personal archives, as well as six never-before released songs and a five-part 2000 interview with KGSR's Jody Denberg.
Now, for the first vinyl release, Preludes will be pressed on two Sky Blue vinyl LPs, and features all of the exclusive bonus tracks as well as a beautiful 20-page perfect bound book, all packaged in a hardbound slipcase. Limited to 3000 units worldwide. Available on June 12, 2021.
Side 1 (22:28)
1-1 Empty Hearted Town* 3:04
1-2 Steady Rain* 4:18
1-3 Join Me In L.A 2:27
1-4 Hasten Down The Wind 2:30
1-5 Werewolves Of London 3:36
1-6 Tule's Blues 3:02
1-7 The French Inhaler 3:31
Side 2 (22:54)
2-1 Going All The Way* 2:15
2-2 Poor Poor Pitiful Me 3:09
2-3 Studebaker* 2:24
2-4 Accidentally Like A Martyr 3:05
2-5 Carmelita 3:56
2-6 I Used To Ride So High 2:43
2-7 Stop Rainin' Lord* 2:11
2-8 - Back In The Highlife 3:11
Side 3 (21:12)
3-1 The Rosarita Beach Cafe* 4:08
3-2 Desperados Under The Eaves 3:44
3-3 Workin' Man's Pay* 2:06
3-4 Frozen Notes 1:42
3-5 Some Kind Of Rider* 3:20
3-6 I Was In The House When The House Burned Down 3:02
3-7 Don't Let Us Get Sick (Solo Acoustic) 3:10
Side 4 (21:28)
4-1 Warren Speaks On Songwriting And The Early Days Of His Career. 7:14
4-2 Musings On Mortality, Song Noir, Religion In His Music And The King Of Rock N' Roll. 5:07
4-3 A Chat About The Producers Of "Life'll Kill Ya", The Album's Stark Sound And Other Singers Covering His Songs. 5:09
4-4 His Take On Steve Winwood's Classic, The Split Personality, Images And Inspirations In His Compositions. 3:58
4-5 His feelings about the Rhino Records 2 CD anthology of his work, the size of his audience, having his music used on TV shows and movies, acting, performing and the response to "Don't Let Us Get Sick." 5:18
*denotes a song never before released on any Warren Zevon album
Following Warren Zevon's death in 2003, his son Jordan Zevon discovered 126 unreleased outtakes and demos in a piano-sized touring case. This discovery would be distilled down to the best of these recordings and eventually released on May 1, 2007 as a 2CD set titled Preludes. When the album was released it featured sixteen unreleased recordings from Zevon's personal archives, as well as six never-before released songs and a five-part 2000 interview with KGSR's Jody Denberg.
Now, for the first vinyl release for Record Store Day, Preludes will be pressed on beautiful Sky Blue vinyl. This double LP set features all of the exclusive bonus tracks as well as a beautiful 20-page perfect bound book, all packaged in a hardbound slipcase. Limited to 3,000 units worldwide.
"Ariel and I knew enough about Dad to know that he would have been thrilled with the attention, but we also knew that there was a line between tribute and exploitation. We'd have to work together to make sure anything that bore his name was worthy of the years that he'd spent on his career and legacy.
I drove out ot the Valley and started the process of cleaning out one of my Dad's storage spaces. It contained dozens of reel-to-reel tapes, as well as a huge stack of acetates and test pressings. I read some of the titles -- The Rosarita Beach Cafe, Steady Rain, Empty Hearted Town... Over the next month I went through them and was consistently blown away by therse incredible demo recordings."
- Jordan Zevon
The first track from Preludes, a never before heard song entitled Empty Hearted Town, is made available to WarrenZevon.com visitors thanks to New West Records. Hit play below.
"There has been plenty written about the darker side of Warren's life. I think the good outweighs the bad. A lot of people had a lot of wonderful times with him. This book celebrates those times and the man Warren was when he was not in combat with his demons. His humor and biting wit were a splendid thing to be around. The bad may have sold papers and intrigued folks, but the good side of WZ is far more interesting. People often comment that they wished that the media covered more good news and stories of unique humans doing interesting things. Well, this is one of those good news stories that needs to told, hence, this book. Warren had a multitude of friends that have countless stories of fun, creative and hilarious times with him. This is one of them. I spent a little over five years with Warren; five years that he says were some of the best days of his life, and mine too. After perusing this book you'll have a bit more insight into the wonderful, fun loving and complex individual that was Warren William Zevon. Enjoy the ride, we did."
- George Gruel
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