Warren Zevon - Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School

Reissued on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl

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Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School is the fourth studio album by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, originally released in February 1980 via Elektra Records.

How does one follow up a hit that defined a career? For Warren Zevon, that was the question he had to face in 1980. He had opened people's eyes to his work thanks to "Werewolves Of London" on Excitable Boy, his 1978 album. What would he do for an encore?

The answer, Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School, left more questions than answers. Moving away from a "Top 40" style, Zevon hunkered down with a string section and the usual cast of celebrities, including Linda Ronstadt, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and - as a songwriter, not a performer - Bruce Springsteen.

It was a risky gamble, to say the least, and left many wondering if this was the same artist that wowed them just two years prior.

Zevon - a songwriter not exactly known for a happy-go-lucky demeanor - seems to take a trip to an even darker side on some of the tracks. Through the songs of lost love ("Empty-Handed Heart" and title track "Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School") and the tales of trying to find hope where there may be none ("Bed Of Coals"), Zevon dares to bring the listener on a voyage that doesn't suggest a happy ending.

Musically, Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School moves away from a radio-friendly atmosphere as on "Jeannie Needs A Shooter", co-written with Springsteen.

At times, Zevon adopts his sarcastic clown mode, "Gorilla, You're A Desperado", and "Play It All Night Long", a song which has some disturbing images.

Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School is a solid album and in a sense is Zevon thumbing his nose at the success he enjoyed with Excitable Boy, and wanted to create an album that was as far removed from that vein as possible.

This reissued LP on 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve is pressed in the USA via FridayMusic.

(829421509998)

 

Title

Time

A1

Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School

3:00

A2

A Certain Girl

3:06

A3

Jungle Work

3:58

A4

Empty-Handed Heart

3:16

A5

Interlude No. 1

0:26

A6

Play It All Night Long

2:53

B1

Jeannie Needs A Shooter

3:55

B2

Interlude No. 2

1:08

B3

Bill Lee

1:37

B4

Gorilla, You’re A Desperado

2:47

B5

Bed Of Coals

5:04

B6

Wild Age

4:19

SKU 829421509998
Record Label Elektra Records
Label / Model # FridayMusic
Catalogue Number FRM-509
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 01 July 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 15 February 1980
Barcode # 829421509998
Shipping Weight 0.3800kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Reissue, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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