Warren Zenon - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) 1996

review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) covers the bulk of Warren Zevon's career, conveniently skipping over his long-forgotten first album and concentrating heavily on his Asylum records, as well as his albums for Virgin and Giant. Over the course of the double-disc set's 44 songs, nearly every one of Zevon's greatest songs is featured, including six songs each from Warren Zevon and Excitable Boy, as well as a number of songs only featured on soundtrack albums, a handful of outtakes, and Hindu Love Gods' cover of Prince's "Raspberry Beret." The quality of Zevon's music declines somewhat as his career progresses, but the compilation captures most of the highlights from his latter-day records. For casual fans who want to dig deeper than Warren Zevon or Excitable Boy, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) is an ideal purchase.

(1976/1995)

Tracks

Disc 1

1 Frank and Jesse James Zevon 5:03
2 Hasten Down the Wind Zevon 4:48
3 Poor, Poor Pitiful Me Zevon 3:13
4 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Zevon 3:12
5 Carmelita Zevon 3:26
6 Desperados Under the Eaves Zevon 4:05
7 ohnny Strikes up the Band Zevon 3:46
8 Roland the Headless ThompsonGunner Lindell, Zevon 4:29
9 Excitable Boy Marinell, Zevon 2:30
10 Werewolves of London Marinell, Wachtel, Zevon 3:54
11 Accidentally Like a Martyr Zevon 4:04
12 Lawyers, Guns and Money Zevon 2:53
13 Frozen Notes Zevon 4:17
14 Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School Zevon 3:22
15 Gorilla, You're a Desperado Zevon 2:23
16 Play It All Night Long Zevon 4:21
17 Mohammed's Radio Zevon 4:14
18 Jeannie Needs a Shooter Springsteen, Zevon 0:42
19 The Envoy Zevon 1:45
20 The Hula Hula Boys Zevon 3:11
21 Let Nothing Come Between You Zevon 3:55
22 Looking for the Next Best Thing Edwards, Marinell, Zevon 3:17

Disc 2

1 Sentimental Hygiene Zevon 4:36
2 Boom Boom Mancini Zevon 3:00
3 Detox Mansion Calderon, Zevon 3:05
4 Bad Karma Zevon 2:58
5 Reconsider Me [Single Version] Zevon 3:35
6 Run Straight Down Zevon 4:46
7 The Long Arm of the Law Zevon 2:48
8 Splendid Isolation Zevon 3:45
9 You Don't Know What Love Is DePaul,Raye 2:41
10 Raspberry Beret Prince 3:27
11 Suzie Lightning Zevon 3:38
12 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Marinell,Wachtel,Zevon 3:31
13 Searching for a Heart Zevon 2:00
14 Mr. Bad Example Calderon,Zevon 2:59
15 Roll with the Punches Zevon 2:47
16 The French Inhaler Zevon 3:18
17 The Indifference of Heaven Zevon 4:49
18 If You Won't Leave Me I'll Find Somebody Who Will Zevon 4:06
19 Real or Not Zevon 3:12
20 Seminole Bingo Hiaasen, Zevon 3:02
21 Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse Aldrich, Zevon 3:39
22 Mutineer Zevon 3:38

Personnel

* Warren Zevon - organ, synthesizer, guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboards, electric piano, vocals, background vocal, 12 string guitar, harmony vocals
* Bill Berry - drums
* Roy Bittan - piano
* Karla Bonoff - harmony vocals
* Jackson Browne - guitar, background vocal, harmony vocals, slide guitar
* Peter Buck - guitar
* Lindsey Buckingham - background vocal
* Rosemary Butler - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Jorge Calderón - bass, background vocal, harmony vocals
* Mike Campbell - guitar
* Chick Corea - piano
* Darius - sitar
* Kenny Edwards - bass, guitar, background vocal
* Phil Everly - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Mick Fleetwood - drums
* Glenn Frey - guitar, rhythm guitar, background vocal
* Gentlemen Boys - background vocal
* David Gilmour - guitar
* Bob Glaub - bass, keyboards
* Bob Harris - keyboards, background vocal
* Richard Hayward - drums
* Don Henley - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Hindu Love Gods - performer
* Billy Hinsche - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Jim Horn - saxophone
* Bruce Hornsby - accordion
* Mark Isham - trumpet, electronic sounds
* Dennis Karmazyn - cello
* Jim Keltner - drums
* Bobby Keyes - saxophone
* Larry Klein - bass
* Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar - percussion
* Craig Krampf - drums
* Russ Kunkel - drums
* David Landau - guitar
* Kipp Lennon - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Mark Lennon - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Michael Lennon - harmony vocals
* Tony Levin - bass
* David Lindley - banjo, fiddle, guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar
* Steve Lukather - guitar
* Stan Lynch - harmony vocals
* Gary Mallaber - drums
* Rick Marotta - drums
* Peter Maunu - guitar
* John McVie - bass
* Mike Mills - bass
* Carole Mukogawa - viola
* Graham Nash - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Roberto Pinon - bass, background vocal, harmony vocals
* Jeff Porcaro - drums, log drums, pule sticks
* Fritz Richmond - jug
* Linda Ronstadt - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Leland Sklar - bass
* J.D. Souther - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Marty Stinger - drums
* Michael Stipe - harmony vocals, scissors on "Bad Karma"
* Benmont Tench - organ
* Charles Veal - violin
* Waddy Wachtel - acoustic guitar, guitar, background vocal, harmony vocals
* Jennifer Warnes - harmony vocals
* Jai Winding - piano, keyboards
* Kurt Wortman - drums
* Ken Yerke - violin
* Neil Young - guitar, background vocal
* Larry Zack - drums
* Jordan Zevon - background vocal, harmony vocals
* Zeke Zirngiebel - guitar, background vocal

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