Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Warren Zevon
Title: Excitable Boy
Genre: Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Hard Rock
Label: © Asylum Records/Elektra Entertainment
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: 1977, The Sound Factory, Los Angeles
Warren Zevon's self-titled 1976 album announced he was one of the most striking talents to emerge from the Los Angeles soft rock singer/songwriter community, and Linda Ronstadt (a shrewd judge of talent if a sometimes questionable interpreter) recorded three of its songs on two of her biggest-selling albums, which doubtlessly earned Zevon bigger royalty checks than the album itself ever did. But if Warren Zevon was an impressive calling card, the follow-up, Excitable Boy, was an actual hit, scoring one major hit single, "Werewolves of London," and a trio of turntable hits ("Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner," "Lawyers, Guns and Money," and the title track). But while Excitable Boy won Zevon the larger audience his music certainly deserved, the truth is it was a markedly inferior album; while it had all the bile of Warren Zevon, and significantly raised Zevon's dark-humor factor, it was often obvious where his previous album had been subtle, and while all 11 tracks on Warren Zevon were strong and compelling, two of the nine tunes on Excitable Boy -- "Johnny Strike Up the Band" and "Nighttime in the Switching Yard" -- sound like they're just taking up space. Musically, most of Excitable Boy is stuck in a polished but unexceptional FM pop groove, and only "Veracruz" hints at the artful intelligence of Warren Zevon's finest moments. It's hard to say if Zevon was feeling uninspired or just dumbing himself down when he made Excitable Boy, but while it made him famous, it lacks the smarts and substance of his best work. --AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
1. Johnny Strikes Up The Band 02:52
2. Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner 03:48
3. Excitable Boy 02:42
4. Werewolves Of London 03:29
5. Accidentally Like A Martyr 03:41
6. Night Time In The Switching Yard 04:18
7. Veracruz 03:32
8. Tenderness On The Block 03:58
9. Lawyers, Guns And Money 03:29
Warren Zevon – lead, harmony and backing vocals, piano, organ, synthesizer
Jorge Calderón – harmony and backing vocals, Spanish vocals on "Veracruz"
Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar - guitar, percussion
Russ Kunkel – drums
Karla Bonoff – harmony vocals on "Accidentally Like a Martyr"
Jackson Browne – guitar, harmony and backing vocals
Luis Damian – jarana on "Veracruz"
Kenny Edwards – bass on "Veracruz", "Tenderness on the Block" and "Lawyers, Guns and Money"
John McVie - bass on "Werewolves of London"
Mick Fleetwood – drums on "Werewolves of London"
The Gentlemen Boys [The Gentlemen Boys consisted of: Jackson Browne, Jorge Calderón, Kenny Edwards, J. D. Souther and Waddy Wachtel] – backing and harmony vocals
Arthur Gerst – Mexican harp
Bob Glaub – bass on "Roland the Headless Gunner", "Excitable Boy", Nighttime in the Switching Yard"
Jim Horn – recorder on "Veracruz"; saxophone on "Excitable Boy"
Greg Ladanyi – bells on "Nighttime in the Switching Yard"
Rick Marotta – drums on "Veracruz" and "Lawyers, Guns and Money"
Jeff Porcaro – drums and percussion on "Nighttime in the Switching Yard"
Linda Ronstadt – backing and harmony vocals on "Excitable Boy"
Leland Sklar – bass on "Johnny Strikes Up The Band", "Accidentally Like a Martyr"
J.D. Souther – backing and harmony vocals
Manuel Vasquez – requinto on "Veracruz"
Waddy Wachtel – guitar, synthesizer, harmony and backing vocals
Jennifer Warnes – harmony vocals on "Excitable Boy"
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