1982 Warren Zevon – The Envoy

The Envoy is the fifth studio album by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, released in 1982 by Asylum, but was not released on compact disc until 2006. The album’s lack of commercial success caused Zevon’s label to terminate his recording contract, a fact that Zevon discovered only after reading about it in Rolling Stone. In reaction, Zevon went on a self-destructive binge that nearly killed him, followed by a rehab stint that kept Zevon clean and sober until the last year of his life.

The title track was inspired by veteran American diplomat Philip Habib’s shuttle diplomacy during Israel’s Lebanon incursion of 1982.

Tracks

1  The Envoy (Warren Zevon) 3:09
2  The Overdraft (Warren Zevon, thomas McGuane) 2:44
3  The Hula Hula Boys (Warren Zevon) 2:58
4  Jesus Mentioned (Warren Zevon) 2:44
5  Let Nothing Come Between You (Warren Zevon) 3:38
6  Ain’t That Pretty at All (Warren Zevon, LeRoy Marinell) 3:35
7  Charlie’s Medicine (Warren Zevon) 4:49
8  Looking for the Next Best Thing (Warren Zevon) 3:38
9  Never Too Late For Love (Warren Zevon, Kenny Edwards, LeRoy Marinell) 4:41

Media

Musicians

1 The Envoy

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Mike Landau
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Guitar (solo) Warren Zevon
Piano Warren Zevon
Synthesizer Warren Zevon
Background Vocals Don Henley


2 The Overdraft

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Guitar David Landau
Piano Warren Zevon
Background Vocals Lindsey Buckingham

 

3 The Hula Hula Boys

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Piano Warren Zevon
Horn Jim Horn


4 Jesus Mentioned

Guitar Waddy Wachtel


5 Let Nothing Come Between You

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Piano Warren Zevon
Synthesizer Warren Zevon
Percussion Waddy Wachtel
Background Vocals Jorge Calderon


6 Ain’t That Pretty at All

Bass Leland Sklar
Drums Mike Botts
Guitar David Landau
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Synthesizer Warren Zevon
Percussion Steve Forman
Background Vocals David Landau
Background Vocals John David Souther
Background Vocals Waddy Wachtel


7 Charlie’s Medicine

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Rick Marotta
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Acoustic Guitar Warren Zevon
Synthesizer Warren Zevon


8 Looking for the Next Best Thing

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Kenny Edwards
Guitar Waddy Wachtel
Piano Warren Zevon
Synthesizer Warren Zevon
Background Vocals Graham Nash
Background Vocals John David Souther


9 Never Too Late For Love

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Piano Warren Zevon

Liner Notes

Producer – Waddy Wachtel, Warren Zevon, Greg Ladanyi
Engineer (Assisstant) – Jamie Ledner, Wayne Tanouye
Mastered By – Doug Sax, Mike Reese
Mixed By – Greg Ladanyi
Recorded By – Greg Ladanyi

Design, Photography By (Cover) – Jimmy Wachtel
Photography By (Sleeve) – Randee St. Nicholas

Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Zevon Music
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Recorded At – Record One, Los Angeles