I met Warren Zevon in 1977 at KMET-FM (L.A.) and I at first thought he was Elton John because he had long blondish hair. I had not heard of him then but soon found out that Elton John couldn't carry Warren's jock strap in the song writing department. One of America's true gifts to music.
I don't actually mind the live versions, y'know. Many of the songs on my radio have been with me for years, so it's interesting to hear what they sound like live- particularly Warren, who I am sadly too young to have seen in person.