Warren Zevon - Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
Warren Zevon – organ, synthesizer, bass guitar, guitar, harmonica, piano, strings, keyboards, vocals
Jorge Calderón – guitar on "A Certain Girl"; backing vocals on "Jungle Work"
David Lindley – lap steel on "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School" and "Play It All Night Long"; guitar on "Wild Age"
Rick Marotta – percussion, drums, vocals, bells, Syndrums
The Sid Sharp Strings – strings
Jackson Browne – guitar, slide guitar on "Gorilla, You're a Desperado"; backing vocals on "A Certain Girl", "Play It All Night Long" and "Gorilla, You're a Desperado"
Don Felder – guitar on "A Certain Girl"
Glenn Frey – harmony vocals on "Bill Lee" and "Wild Age"
Don Henley – harmony vocals on "Wild Age" and "Gorilla, You're a Desperado"
Ben Keith – pedal steel guitar on "Bed of Coals"
Linda Ronstadt – descant on "Empty-Handed Heart"; backing vocals on "Bed of Coals"
Leland Sklar – bass guitar
J.D. Souther – backing vocals on "Gorilla, You're a Desperado" and "Bed of Coals"
Waddy Wachtel – lead guitar on "A Certain Girl"; guitar on "Empty-Handed Heart"
Joe Walsh – lead guitar on "Jungle Work" and "Jeannie Needs a Shooter"
1 LP, Gatefold Cover
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33RPM
Size : 12”
Record Press : Rhino Entertainment Company
Label : Friday Music
Original Label : Asylum Records
Recorded at The Sound Factory, Hollywood
Engineered & mixed by Ernie Sheesley, Niko Bolas, Serge Reyes
Produced by Greg Ladanyi, Warren Zevon
Remastered by Joe Reagoso
Originally released in 1980
Reissued in 2014
Side A :
- Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School
- A Certain Girl
- Jungle Work
- Empty-Handed Heart
- Interlude No. 1
- Play It All Night Long
Side B :
- Jeannie Needs a Shooter
- Interlude No. 2
- Bill Lee
- Gorilla, You're A Desperado
- Bed of Coals
- Wild Age
"Excitable Boy earned Warren Zevon a hit single ("Werewolves of London") and the mainstream success he richly deserved, but his new fame came with a price; the hard-living Zevon did not react well to the temptations that come with rock stardom, and in the wake of Excitable Boy he had developed a severe drinking problem. Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School was cut as Zevon was working hard to stay clean and sober and put his career back on track, and it projects an ambition and strength of focus that was decidedly absent from Excitable Boy. The album's rockers hit harder and cut deeper than any of his previous work, especially the twisted Southern gothic of "Play It All Night Long" and the mercenary's anthem "Jungle Work," while "Bed of Coals" and "Wild Age" found Zevon bravely addressing his own failings and expressing his need for a greater maturity in his life. While the album was still short on subtlety compared to 1976's Warren Zevon, "Empty Handed Heart" proved Zevon could still write a straightforward song about love (not a happy one, but no one expected that from him anyway), and the two interludes for orchestra gave credence to Zevon's claims that he planned to write a symphony some day (and that it might even be worth hearing). And if "Gorilla You're a Desperado" was a throwaway, it was a better waste of time than "Night Time in the Switching Yard" on Excitable Boy. While Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School didn't quite return Zevon to the top of his game, it made clear that the quality of Warren Zevon was no fluke, and is a stronger effort than Excitable Boy in nearly every respect." AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 3,87 / 5