Final Album On 180g Vinyl LP!
Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris & More!
The Wind is like an X-ray with a dark shadow that shouldn't be there and
can't be ignored. Recorded after Zevon was diagnosed in 2002 with inoperable
lung cancer, it sounds like the work of a guy who's still fighting, but also
starting to wrap things up. Although Zevon is best known for his poison-dart
wit, he's always been a bit of a softie, too. It's no surprise, then, that The
Wind leans heavily on irony-free ballads such as "She's Too Good for Me," "El
Amor de mi Vida," and "Please Stay." But there's also a dose of defiant blues
("Rub Me Raw") and plenty of dirty slide guitar, courtesy of Ry Cooder and David
Lindley. (Other guests include Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Jackson
Browne, and Dwight Yoakam). If the lyrics generally lack the literary precision
of Zevon's best work, the songs take on greater weight given the circumstance
under which they were recorded. Heard in 1983, a party-hearty anthem like "The
Rest of the Night" would've sounded like yet another dumb argument for hedonism,
and "Numb as a Statue" might have come off as the self-lacerating joke of an
alcoholic unable to deal with his emotions directly. However, on The Wind, these
songs are genuinely touching, the work of a guy deadened by meds but unwilling
to surrender to The Big Sleep just yet. A cover of Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's
Door" is the album's most direct comment on Zevon's fragile health, but the most
touching song is the album-closing acoustic ballad "Keep Me in Your Heart,"
recorded by Zevon at home after the star-studded studio work was complete.
Clearly, Zevon survived one hell of a farewell party last night, but now it's
morning again and there's no telling what the rest of the day might bring.
The Wind was certified gold by the RIAA in December 2003, and Zevon received
five posthumous Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year for the ballad
"Keep Me in Your Heart".
The Wind won two Grammys, with the album itself receiving the award for Best
Contemporary Folk Album, while "Disorder in the House", Zevon's duet with Bruce
Springsteen, was awarded Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
These posthumous awards were the first Grammys of Zevon’s thirty-plus year
• 180g Vinyl
• 15th Anniversary Edition
• Limited time download card
1. Dirty Life And Times
2. Disoreder In The House
3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
4. Numb As A Statue
5. She's Too Good For Me
6. Prison Grove
1. El Amor De Mi Vida
2. The Rest Of The Night
3. Please Stay
4. Rub Me Raw
5. Keep Me In Your Heart