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At Last: Zevon Release Gets a Vinyl Re-Issue

It’s not always that you get to take a piss with one of your favorite musicians but, there I was, pissing in the TLA’s (SOUTH STREET PHILADELPHIA!!!) head, with Warren Zevon at my side doing same.  It was 2000 (or maybe 2001) and he was on tour supporting his latest album, Life’ll Kill Ya.  We looked at each other, he said “Hey” and when we were done, he handed me a black and white pin that said, “My Shit’s Fucked Up” on it -a reference to his song of the same name. It wasn’t too long after that he passed away, and I count myself lucky to have been able to see him live…

Due out December 7th, the long-awaited re-issue of 2002’s My Ride’s Here…  Pre-order NOW.

Warren Zevon still doesn’t get the respect he deserves, and you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone familiar with him beyond the obvious “Werewolves of London” or “Lawyers, Guns, and Money.”  Limiting ourselves to 1978’s Excitable Boy does the rest of his career a dis-service, and leaves far too many great songs on the table.  Almost all of Zevon’s early LP’s can be found relatively easily, and reprints and represses abound such that used copies often go for $5 or less.  When you see them, grab them all, you won’t be disappointed…

Zevon’s final album, The Wind; arguably one of the best albums of all time…  Now affordable on vinyl.

Unfortunately, if you wanted any of his newer stuff (post Life’ll Kill Ya) on vinyl, you best bring a fistful of C-notes to the game as much of his 2000’s discography remained out of print and extremely limited in distribution.  I myself have watched the price of 2003’s The Wind break hundred dollar barriers almost monthly on DISCOGS -some copies of the original pressing are now going for $800…  Re-released on vinyl in August of this year, we can finally have this fantastic album on vinyl for $20 (or less) now.  Grab it now before those run out too…

Available for pre-order now (and due out December 7th), 2002’s My Ride’s Here is the next album slated for re-issue, leaving only the aforementioned Life’ll Kill Ya still unavailable on vinyl (that record was released only on CD originally -if that one makes it to vinyl, make sure you grab one ASAP).

With these two recent re-presses, it is now possible to collect Zevon’s entire discography for $100 or less.  With that sort of minimal investment, so-called music aficionados no longer have an excuse to ignore America’s greatest “Piano Man…”

This article displays the cover art for the albums My Ride’s Here and The Wind by the artist Warren Zevon. The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, Artemis, or the graphic artist(s).

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