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Preludes: Rare and Unreleased Recordings is a two-CD compilation of music and interviews, including unreleased outtakes and demos, by rock singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, who died in 2003.

A few months after Zevon's death, his son, Jordan, drove out to one of his father's storage spaces in the San Fernando Valley to begin the process of sorting through old recordings. He discovered over one hundred unreleased outtakes and demos in a piano-sized touring case.

Preludes features sixteen of the newly discovered recordings, including six unreleased tracks: "Empty Hearted Town", "Going All The Way", "Steady Rain", "Stop Rainin' Lord", "Studebaker" and "The Rosarita Beach Café". All of the songs were recorded before 1976. The album also includes previously unreleased versions of "Werewolves of London" and "Accidentally Like a Martyr", amoung quite a few others. The second disc includes a radio interview with Zevon, conducted by Jody Denberg in 2000, around the time of the release of Life'll Kill Ya.

The album was released by New West Records in 2007 in a deluxe two-CD package in a hardbound slipcase. It includes a 44-page booklet with previously unpublished family photos, integrated with excerpts from the memoir I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon.

Track listing

Disc One

  1. "Empty Hearted Town" – 3:04
  2. "Steady Rain" – 4:18
  3. "Join Me In L.A." – 2:27
  4. "Hasten Down the Wind" – 2:30
  5. "Werewolves of London" – 3:36
  6. "Tule's Blues" – 3:02
  7. "The French Inhaler" – 3:31
  8. "Going All The Way" – 2:15
  9. "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" – 3:09
  10. "Studebaker" – 2:34
  11. "Accidentally Like a Martyr" - 3:05
  12. "Carmelita" - 3:56
  13. "(I Used To) Ride So High" - 2:43
  14. "Stop Rainin' Lord" - 2:11
  15. "The Rosarita Beach Café" - 4:08
  16. "Desperados Under the Eaves" - 3:44

Disc Two

  1. "I Was In The House When The House Burned Down" - 3:02
  2. "Warren speaks on songwriting and the early days of his career" - 7:14
  3. "Musings on mortality, song noir and The King of Rock n' Roll" - 5:07
  4. "A chat about producers and the stark sounds on the album Life'll Kill Ya" - 5:09
  5. "Back in the High Life" - 3:11
  6. "Warren's take on Winwood's classic and Warren's inspirations" - 3:58
  7. "Talk of TV, movies, acting and performing" - 5:14
  8. "Don't Let Us Get Sick" (solo acoustic) - 3:10
    • Recorded live December 3, 1999 at Austin City Limits Studios for 107.1 KGSR Radio Austin 9th Anniversary Concert


  • Producers: Peter Jesperson, Jordan Zevon, Cameron Strang, Danny Goldberg
  • Mastering: Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, California
  • Family Photos: Jordan and Crystal Zevon
  • Still Life Photography: Susie Delaney
  • Art Direction and Design: Kat Delaney
  • Legal: Ken Anderson

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