WARREN ZEVON: COLLECTOR'S EDITION

Zevon crafted black-hearted songs, and his 1976 second album—produced by Jackson Browne—offered a booze-and-irony-soaked alternative to breezy California rock. This edition contains 15 unreleased tracks, including mournful versions of "Frank and Jesse James" and "The French Inhaler" that prove how powerful a singer can be alone with his piano—and maybe a fifth of vodka.

Warren Zevon, Warren Zevon: Collector's Edition [Rhino]

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Zevon crafted black-hearted songs, and his 1976 second album—produced by Jackson Browne—offered a booze-and-irony-soaked alternative to breezy California rock. This edition contains 15 unreleased tracks, including mournful versions of "Frank and Jesse James" and "The French Inhaler" that prove how powerful a singer can be alone with his piano—and maybe a fifth of vodka. Matt Hendrickson

A Warren Zevon photo montage set to "Carmelita"

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