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The under-rated classic of the 70's,
This review is from: Excitable Boy (Audio CD)
I've always felt that some gifted musicians were never given the full exposure they needed to go to the next level. Although Warren Zevon has experienced a truly great career, I think he can take to heart that a lot of people really enjoy listening to his music. One of the best albums to be released in the 70's was Zevons "Ëxcitable Boy".
This was another record I heard on a local FM station who would have "Album Hour" every night. They would play new LP's by well known or obscure talents. When this album came on, I had no idea who the artist was nor had I heard anything similar. The vocals were gruff and somewhat reserved. The sound was deep rooted and together. From the opening tune "Johnny Strikes up the Band" I felt that this was worth hanging around for. Warren exposes himself as a decent song writer and pocess' somewhat of an imagination. Great arrangements on the songs gives substance to the lyrics. Excellent musicians fill out the rest. Great cuts to listen to over and over, "Lawyers, Guns and Money", Night Time in the Swiutching Yard", "Tenderness on the Block" and the stalwart "Werewolves of London".
All the songs here are very well done and Warren Zevon is without question on par with the best. This album I feel really was a true gem. If you like this, try "My Ride's Here". All in all "Good Music".