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Excitable Boy

Warren ZevonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002GW7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Johnny Strikes Up The Band
2. Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner
3. Excitable Boy
4. Werewolves Of London
5. Accidentally Like A Martyr
6. Nighttime In The Switching Yard
7. Veracruz
8. Tenderness On The Block
9. Lawyers, Guns And Money

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With this 1978 LP, Warren Zevon stepped forward as something of the dark prince of California. Like fellow Southern California outcast Randy Newman, Zevon achieved some fame, albeit not what his talent would have earned him had he written songs more like his mellower pal Jackson Browne and a little less like Jack the Ripper in a convertible. Fascinated with bloodthirsty antiheroes, Zevon wrote with the flair of a desperately bright pulp writer and summoned images of mutilated mercenaries ("Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"), pampered bad boys ("Lawyers, Guns and Money"), helpless sickos (the title track), and, of course, feral Chinese-food fiends ("Werewolves of London"). Excitable Boy's 1976 predecessor (Warren Zevon) may be a more consistent album, but this is the one that put Zevon in the public consciousness as someone to keep an eye on--for protection as well as promise. --Steven Stolder

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Zevon's 1977 smash on CD or vinyl! Lawyers, Guns and Money; Werewolves of London, and more!

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked literary treasure.. November 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Jackson Browne once called Zevon "the first and foremost proponent of song noir," and I might as well lead off with that description since I can't think of one more simple and eloquent myself. From the late 60s to the present, WZ has developed an uncanny ability like no one else - the art of mixing oddball black humor with melodies so bright and spirited you catch yourself humming them for a week. The arguable peak of his 70s material is this album you're reading about now, Excitable Boy, and not just because everybody knows "Werewolves of London." Much of it is simple rock and roll, but to me there's always been a uniquely creative quality about everything here that keeps any of it from sounding stale or tired. Maybe it's partly because I have a thing for cool titles like "Lawyers, Guns and Money." Maybe I just can't help admiring someone who can rhyme 'word' with 'Johannesburg' and make it work. I can't explain it.. I just know that I still get a kick out of this stuff after years of listening, and Warren's recent diagnosis with terminal lung cancer has saddened me like no other bit of celebrity news in recent memory.
But anyway - back to the album. To be sure there are a couple more somber moments here: "Accidentally Like a Martyr" for example (Dylan, eat yer heart out), or the growing-up theme of "Tenderness on the Block".. and that's not even getting into the strange half-creepiness of "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and the like. But even despite all those, it's a safe bet you've rarely heard such cynicism with such a sweet sugarcoating as you'll hear here. The title track is probably the best example; the words verge on downright disturbing, yet it's driven along with a joyfully sunny saxophone and a bright "oo-wah-oo" backup chorus. "Lawyers...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warren Zevon hits his early peak! March 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
More than anyone else in the whole El Lay songwriter movement of the late seventies, Warren Zevon had absolutely no problem with getting a good laugh at the expense of the insularity of it all. And on his second proper album, he took the whole scene and turned it properly on its backside. "Excitable Boy" threw in a mix of werewolves, mercenaries, drug abusers and paranoid spoiled brats, yet while frequently offering exceptional tenderness and insight. It was easy to see why Jackson Browne was his mentor and Linda Ronstadt his patron angel.

A song as reckless as the album's title track could come from nothing less than genius. The chirpy sweet background vocals and sugary melody buoy the dark tale of a murderous high school student who kills on the night of his junior prom. "Hotel California" this most certainly wasn't. At the same time, "Accidentally Like a Martyr," with its stately piano line, encompasses the horror of a sunken love affair in barely three and a half minutes. These juxtapositions carry all the way through "Excitable Boy," with only one misstep in the CD's nine songs (the forced funk of "Nighttime In The Switching Yard").

Warren Zevon made several other great albums, but "Excitable Boy" was the moment that his youthful exuberance and a mind uncluttered by too many foreign substances produced a stunner. As a document of the California Sound that Elektra/Asylum records was known for in the seventies, this is indispensable.

The remaster is stunning. The piano to "Accidentally Like A Martyr" just leaps out of the mix (where before it seemed kind of flat). The same can be said for "Nighttime In The Switching Yard." What originally sounded compressed now sounds so much livelier. The bonus tracks are only so-so, with the alternate take of "Werewolves" being somewhat interesting and "I Need A Truck' humorous but unnecessary. What you really want here is the original album, and "Excitable Boy" is worth the remastered wait.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Send Lawyers Guns and Money..A Gem of an Album September 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What would you the listener put on his tombstone.."Send Lawyers Guns and Money..Here Lies An American Original,An American Songwriter".It pained me to learn of the death of Warren Zevon last week,dead from inoperable lung cancer..but the legacy he left in his collection of songs,and in particular,in this collection,makes him one of the true mavericks,one of the most interesting of performers and writers of the late 20th century.
To celebrate Warren Zevon is to understand that he produced recordings with a bent, a unique perspective on life and in this album, love and death.
The previous album,"Warren Zevon" was consistently delivered with great songs,but it was with the release of "Excitable Boy" in 1978 that he launched his career into the mainstream and scored his most commerical success with the quirky and infectiously irresistable *Werewolves of London*
From the very first listening,and with a song book that showcased the weird,the macabre,the wasted ,the historical,the romantic,the dark and the witty,this had something for everyone.
There will probably never again be a songwriter who can flipantly recount the behaviour of a seriously deranged killer,and label it as if he was just"a very naughty boy" as in the title track,and then produce the perfectly crafted and achingly poignant *Accidently Like A Martyr*.This original card carrying West Coast rocker,the thinking man's Eagles with the dark sense of humour,delivered a memorable song canvas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
FAST SHIP PERFECT
Published 8 days ago by S. Neumann
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent condition - just as advertised
Fast shipping, excellent condition - just as advertised! it's been years since I've heard this album and it was a joy!
Published 15 days ago by Pattie
4.0 out of 5 stars Zevon rocks in 5.1 audio.
It was a fantastic album when it was released and it sounds awesome in multi-channel. There are some nuances that you just don't hear in the 2. Read more
Published 20 days ago by RickDVD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Omg fast isn't the word hung up the phone and there it was lol
Published 1 month ago by VanFranklinstein
5.0 out of 5 stars ZEVON RULES
The late Warren Zevon may have been a little weird, but he could write lyrics about diverse subject like no one else. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vic Reiman
5.0 out of 5 stars Werewolves
This one CD has so many of his great songs. Werewolves, headless gunners, lawyers guns and money and excitable boys.
Published 3 months ago by Gregory Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
One of the classics, Warren Zevon was a great talent who died too young from cancer. My opinion this is his best album.
Published 3 months ago by M. S. Maffett
5.0 out of 5 stars Best from Warren
This album has a number of the best songs by Warren Zevon. What a great album! Warren is gone now but his legend lives on in this album.
Published 3 months ago by jay r. leininger
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 15 of All Time
This CD was in my top 15 of all time. I always went to see him when he came to town.
Published 4 months ago by James A. Lamm III
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
I had this in Album form and wanted the CD for my car. Love his music! Everyone in my family enjoys it.
Published 4 months ago by FMapps
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This edition's version of Tule's Blues vs. Preludes version
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There are two versions, Preludes version is piano only and sounds like a demo. The "Wanted Dead or Alive" is a band and fully flushed out. That and "She Quit Me" to have long been the great songs off that...
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