1978 Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy

Excitable Boy is the third studio album by Warren Zevon. The album was released on January 18, 1978, by Asylum Records. It includes the top 40 success “Werewolves of London”. The album brought Warren to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released in 2007.

The tracks “Excitable Boy” and “Werewolves of London” were considered macabrely humorous by some critics. The historical “Veracruz” dramatizes the United States occupation of Veracruz, and likewise “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” is a fictionalization of a mercenary in Africa. “Lawyers, Guns and Money” is a tongue-in-cheek tale of a young American man’s adventures in Cold War era Latin America. In addition, there are two ballads about life and relationships (“Accidentally Like a Martyr” and “Tenderness on the Block”), as well as a dance tune (“Nighttime in the Switching Yard”).

Tracks

1  Johnny Strikes Up The Band (Warren Zevon) 2:54
2  Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner (David Lindell, Warren Zevon) 3:49
3  Excitable Boy (LeRoy Marinell, Warren Zevon) 2:43
4  Werewolves Of London (LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Warren Zevon) 3:31
5  Accidentally Like A Martyr (Warren Zevon) 3:44
6  Nighttime In The Switching Yard (Jorge Calderon, David Lindell, Waddy Wachtel, Warren Zevon) 4:19
7  Veracruz (Jorge Calderon, Warren Zevon) 3:34
8  Tenderness On The Block (Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon) 3:58
9  Lawyers, Guns And Money (Warren Zevon) 3:38

Media

Musicians

1 Johnny Strikes Up The Band

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoWarren Zevon
PercussionDanny Kortchmar
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel


2 Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
OrganWarren Zevon
PianoWarren Zevon
Background VocalsJackson Browne
Background VocalsJohn David Souther
Background VocalsJorge Calderon
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel


3 Excitable Boy

BassBob Glaub
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoWarren Zevon
SaxJim Horn
Background VocalsJennifer Warnes
Background VocalsLinda Ronstadt
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel


4 Werewolves Of London

BassJohn Mcvie
DrumsMick Fleetwood
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoWarren Zevon


5 Accidentally Like A Martyr

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Background VocalsKarla Bonoff
Background VocalsJackson Browne
Background VocalsJohn David Souther
Background VocalsJorge Calderon
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel


6 Nighttime In The Switching Yard

BassBob Glaub
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Background VocalsJackson Browne
Background VocalsJohn David Souther
Background VocalsJorge Calderon
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel


7 Veracruz

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
JaranaLuis Damian
RequintoManuel Vasques
PianoWarren Zevon
HarpArthur Gerst
Background VocalsJorge Calderon


8 Tenderness On The Block

BassKenny Edwards
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoWarren Zevon
Background VocalsJackson Browne
Background VocalsJohn David Souther
Background VocalsJorge Calderon
Background VocalsKenny Edwards
Background VocalsWaddy Wachtel


9 Lawyers, Guns And Money

GuitarKenny Edwards
DrumsRick Marotta
GuitarWaddy Wachtel
PianoWarren Zevon

Liner Notes

Producer – Jackson Browne, Waddy Wachtel
Engineer (Assistant) – George Ybarra, Serge Reyes
Engineer, Mixed By – Dennis Kirk, Greg Ladanyi
Recorder – Jim Horn (Track 7)

Design (Album), Photography By – Jimmy Wachtel
Photography By (Inner Sleeve) – Lorrie Sullivan

Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Asylum Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN
Recorded At – The Sound Factory

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