Warren Zevon knew he was dying when he began recording his final album in the fall of 2002. He had a handfull of new mournful songs about mortality plus the usual assortment of familiar themes ready to go.
He also had a bunch of famous friends willing to help him out one last time. Some of the best musicians of his generation joined him in the studio, giving poignant resonance to the songs, which turned out to be some of the strongest of his career.
Including performances by
Bruce Springsteen,Tom Petty, Don Henley, Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Joe Walsh, Dwight Yoakam, David Lindley, T. Bone Burnett, Jim Keltner, Billy Bob Thornton, Timothy B. Schmitt, Tommy Shaw
Under the direst circumstances, he has painted his masterpiece. (UNCUT)
There’s a real sense of party-beneath-the-scaffold much of the time – a looseness you don’t often get on these star-studded affairs. (MOJO)
In somebody else’s defiance of death, we in the audience get an intense affirmation of life, not to mention some of the best jokes in rock & roll history. (ROLLING STONE)
Sounds cranky, cynical, sentimental, and mordantly funny–in other words, like a good Warren Zevon record. (THE AV CLUB)
It’s not gallows humor, just the most natural thing in the world. (Spin)
Poignant beyond words… but never mawkish. (Q Magazine)