Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy (2LP, 45RPM)
ORDER LIMITED TO ONE ITEM PER CUSTOMER
Warren Zevon – lead, harmony and backing vocals, piano, organ, synthesizer [click here to see more vinyl featuring Warren Zevon]
Jorge Calderón – harmony and backing vocals, Spanish vocals on "Veracruz"
Jennifer Warnes – harmony vocals on "Excitable Boy" [click here to see more vinyl featuring Jennifer Warnes]
Linda Ronstadt – backing and harmony vocals on "Excitable Boy" [click here to see more vinyl featuring Linda Rondstadt]
Mick Fleetwood – drums on "Werewolves of London" [click here to see more vinyl featuring Mick Fleetwood]
Danny 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 guitar on "Veracruz", "Tenderness on the Block" and "Lawyers, Guns and Money"
John McVie - bass on "Werewolves of London"
The Gentlemen Boys (Jackson Browne, Jorge Calderón, Kenny Edwards, J. D. Souther and Waddy Wachtel) – backing and harmony vocals
Arthur Gerst – Mexican harp
Bob Glaub – bass guitar on "Roland the Headless Gunner", "Excitable Boy" and "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"
Leland Sklar – bass guitar on "Johnny Strikes Up The Band" and "Accidentally Like a Martyr"
J.D. Souther – backing and harmony vocals
Manuel Vasquez – requinto on "Veracruz"
Waddy Wachtel – guitar, synthesizer, harmony and backing vocals
2 LPs, gatefold jacket
Limited numbered edition
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 45RPM
Size : 12”
Record Press : unspecified
Label : Mobile Fidelity
Original Label : Asylum Records
Recorded at The Sound Factory, Los Angeles
Engineered & mixed by Dennis Kirk, Greg Ladanyi
Produced by Jackson Browne, Waddy Wachtel
Originally released in 1978
Reissued in 2023
Side A :
- Johnny Strikes Up The Band
- Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner
- Excitable Boy
- Werewolves Of London
Side C :
- Accidentally Like A Martyr
- Nighttime In The Switching Yard
- Tenderness On The Block
- Lawyers, Guns And Money
"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
AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4,32 / 5