Warren Zevon released “Transverse City” in 1989; a time when concept albums weren’t much en vogue. That’s the only reason I can think of for it not being as successful as his earlier, more popular albums. The songs on Transverse City are themed around a life in a futuristic world based on the stories of cyberpunk sci-fi author William Gibson.
I picked up this album not only because I liked Warren Zevon’s song writing and distinctive voice, but also because I am a fan of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) who plays on the song “Run Straight Down”. Also appearing on this album are Jack Cassidy (Jefferson Airplane), Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and Neil Young, among others.
But it’s not the star power that make “Transverse City” such a great recording. It is simply a collection of great songs that all revolve around a theme perfectly suited to Warren Zevon’s rock and roll style.