Posthumous collections of previously unreleased material should normally set off the half-assed songs alert. In this case, however, the unissued Warren Zevon performances were selected by his son Jordan Zevon with great respect for his father's legacy, and the same goes for Ammal Records main man Danny Goldberg, who put out Zevon's last three records on Artemis. What you get here are keeper-quality piano and guitar demos and some full-band versions of songs - Empty Hearted Town and Steady Rain are startlingly great finds - that date back to before Zevon's Asylum debut but never appeared on any of his albums. Also included are alternate versions of his early classics like Hasten Down The Wind, The French Inhaler, Desperados Under The Eaves and Werewolves Of London, and none of them could be considered throwaways. A second disc features a revealing interview circa 2000 in which Zevon openly discusses the formative days of his career, his inspirations and songcraft that provides some intriguing insights. Not just for long-time fans, Preludes also serves as an excellent introduction to a gifted singer/songwriter who left far too soon.