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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Download a Classic WMMS Warren Zevon Show for Free

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 1:25 PM

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Head on over to the Internet Archive, like, right now, because a classic WMMS in-studio performance by Warren Zevon is up for grabs.

The jam-band-fan-approved site recently posted nearly 100 free shows by Zevon (with approval from the late singer-songwriter's family) recorded on the road between 1976 and 2001. That means you're free to download tons of music by the legend, who died in 2003 after a public battle with cancer.

Zevon's early performances were brilliant. We hate to say the singer's alcoholism had something to do with the fiery concerts he performed during the mid- and late '70s, but once he got sober, his shows became more subtle and, um, professional affairs.

This 1976 performance, which was recorded live in WMMS' studios on October 13, is a bit more laid-back (it's just Zevon and piano) and features songs from his great self-titled album, which had just been released. Among the classics: "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "Mohammed's Radio" and "Hasten Down the Wind."

The hour-long program also includes an interview with Zevon with DJ Matt the Cat.

Best of all, the whole thing kicks off with a solo piano version of "Excitable Boy," which wouldn't be released for another two years. —Michael Gallucci

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