Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Remastered Audio

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Excitable Boy is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, originally released in January 1978 via Asylum Records.

With Excitable Boy, Zevon finally broke through the gates of the mainstream to become a commercial success. He had been kicking around the music business since the mid-’60s, starting off as a struggling songwriter and session musician who turned a few heads penning songs for the Turtles, and issued a couple great singles with singer Violet Santangelo under the name Lyme & Cybelle.

Helped in part by an all-star cast including Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt, Excitable Boy is the culmination of everything Zevon had been working toward, and the songs from it rank among his best and most well known.

The LP, produced by Browne, had the perfect combination of gloss and grit. Radio embraced the instantly catchy “Werewolves Of London”. The three-chord garage rocker would go on to hit the Top 30 and become Zevon’s signature song.

A one trick pony, however, Zevon was not, as the album is chock full of classics,

which marry the dirt of the streets with studio polish and smart as a whip lyrics. “Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner” tells the story about mercenary in Africa who gets his head shot off, only to become a phantom still on the hunt. Mix in references to the CIA, the Congo war and Patty Hearst and, well let’s just say it’s a long way from “Boogie tonight / Just a keep on tokin'” and other such lyrical party favors of the day.

Propelled by a killer guitar riff and a venomous vocal, “Lawyers, Guns And Money” is a perfect example of what made Zevon’s best songs so great. You can have a great tune, and you can have great lyrics, but only when the two meet are there genuine fireworks.

The dark, yet so often comedic alleys he walked, he seemed to walk alone. Exploring life, death, love, hate, internal and external politics, cynical yet hopeful, Zevon wrote songs like no one else really.

The album received great reviews, elevating Zevon to the upper echelon of the rock world, albeit only temporarily. It went on to crack the Billboard Top 10, and was certified gold shortly after its release.

This reissued LP with remastered audio and reproduced artwork, pressed in Europe on 180 gram audiophile audiophile vinyl by Music On Vinyl.

(8718469538744)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Johnny Strikes Up The Band

2:49

A2

Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

3:47

A3

Excitable Boy

2:40

A4

Werewolves Of London

3:27

A5

Accidentally Like A Martyr

3:37

B1

Nighttime In The Switching Yard

4:15

B2

Veracruz

3:30

B3

Tenderness On The Block

3:55

B4

Lawyers. Guns And Money

3:29

SKU 8718469538744
Record Label Asylum Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1378
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 08 June 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 18 January 1978
Barcode # 8718469538744
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Printed Insert, Reissue, Remastered Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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