Released in 1987, Sentimental Hygiene rescued Warren Zevon from record industry limbo and returned him to major-label status, but rather than return to the rough-and-ready sound of that album, he used his new corporate patronage to finance a significantly grander and darker project, 1989's Transverse City. The album features an impressive array of guest stars -- including Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, Neil Young, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, and Benmont Tench -- but while its surface is as glossy as the albums Zevon created when he was the darling of the L.A. Mellow Mafia, the tone is as grim as anything the man ever created. ...See Full Description
Warren Zevon - Transverse City Album Track Listing
|1||Transverse City |
|2||Run Straight Down See All 2 |
|3||Long Arm of the Law See All 2 |
|5||They Moved the Moon |
|6||Splendid Isolation See All 7 ||4:20|| $0.99||(Available)|
|9||Down in the Mall |
|10||Nobody's in Love This Year |
||“Nobody Move. Nobody Gets Hurt”|
Way back in 1989 one could find Warren Zevon’s Transverse City CD on Virgin Records right here in the U. S. of A. Now, you must get it from some foreign country, and it costs big bucks too. So much for the trade deficit. The acute and savage singer/songwriter is back with a scathing commentary of the nineteen-nineties. The citizens of Transverse City are suffocating for chemical pollutants (Run Straight Down), “doing lunch” all over town (Networking), and partaking in the new social institution (Down In The Mall). As a child, the first words that Zevon recalls hearing are “Nobody move. Nobody gets hurt” (The Long Arm Of The Law). Boy, talk about planting the seed of rebellion. And as if living in Transverse City wasn’t enough punishment, Zevon is jilted by his lover (They Moved The Moon & Nobody’s In Love). Escape? Yes, Zevon moves to the desert (Splendid Isolation). Transverse City is a contemptuous trip through a wasted city, and a fierce musical experience. The band (including Waddy Wachtel, David Gilmore, Chick Corea and Jerry Garcia) rocks like they’ve been playing together for years. ‘Turbulence’ sounds like a dueling Wood - Richard blues guitar rocker. The melodic organ introduction, bass drum and angelic harmony of ‘They Moved The Moon” are heartbreaking. Zevon’s solitary harmonica opens each verse of ‘Splendid Isolation.’ And the ripping grunge lead guitar on ‘Gridlock’ could only be one person - Neil Young. Transverse City is a lewd, brutal and despicable place. Hey, isn’t that what rock is supposed to be? So the heck with the trade deficit, get Transverse City.
By a reviewer (Baltimore, MD, USA)
Years ahead of it's time, I would have to say that this album is Zevon's flawed masterpiece. If Virgin hadn't cut the funding for the rest of the album tracks, who knows what it would have sounded like? Zevon said that he would have spent years and millions of dollars working on it. A good indication of the direction he was headed in can be found in the first three linked tracks, which feature Gerry Garcia, Dave Gilmour and Chick Corea. Moments of sheer grace and beauty dashed against the rocks of insanity. Awesome to behold, probably his best guitar album, and overall an awesome think-piece on the state of the world and what the future would have in store. So close. So very close. I have given this album 4 stars, for what it could have been, not for what it is. By the way, the trouble didn't start in Lima till 2000, not 1999 as he predicted.
By Steve (Sydney, Australia)
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|CD Universe Part number||1413476|
|Release Date||Aug 23, 1996|
|Additional Info||United Kingdom||