The Envoy

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While moderation was never Warren Zevon's strong suit, his efforts to clean himself up in the early '80s resulted in two of his finest albums, 1980's literate but corrosive Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School and the following year's explosive live set Stand in the Fire. It seemed as if the wired chaos of Zevon's personal life had been channeled into his art on those LPs, but after another bout with the bottle and another attempt at sobriety, Zevon tried another approach at merging his music and his life on 1982's The Envoy. On The Envoy's best songs, Zevon tackles his dangerous appetites head on; "Charlie's Medicine" is a chilling requiem for a drug dealer who used to sell ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While moderation was never Warren Zevon's strong suit, his efforts to clean himself up in the early '80s resulted in two of his finest albums, 1980's literate but corrosive Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School and the following year's explosive live set Stand in the Fire. It seemed as if the wired chaos of Zevon's personal life had been channeled into his art on those LPs, but after another bout with the bottle and another attempt at sobriety, Zevon tried another approach at merging his music and his life on 1982's The Envoy. On The Envoy's best songs, Zevon tackles his dangerous appetites head on; "Charlie's Medicine" is a chilling requiem for a drug dealer who used to sell him dope, "Jesus Mentioned" is a spare but curiously moving meditation on the death of Elvis Presley, who "went walking on the water with his pills," and the ragged but right " Ain't That Pretty at All" is an unlikely but powerful recovery anthem in which he howls "I'd rather feel bad than not feel anything at all." When Zevon confronts his own demons on The Envoy, the album is intense and compelling stuff, but unfortunately there aren't enough of these moments to prop up the rest of the set, which is smart and literate but not especially exciting. Novelist Thomas McGuane co-wrote "The Overdraft," a hard-charging rocker that unfortunately doesn't make much sense, while the languid "The Hula Hula Boys" plays like a joke in which the punch line got lost, and the two love songs, "Let Nothing Come Between You" and "Looking for the Next Best Thing," manage to sound at once heartfelt and like lesser variations on themes he'd covered with greater strength before. The Envoy would prove to be Zevon's last album for five years after he took another stumble into addiction, but while it's an often brave and ambitious disc, the high points don't quite redeem its weaknesses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227999780
  • Catalog Number: 101758
  • Sales rank: 3,518

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Zevon Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Soloist, Harmony, Prepared Piano, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Lindsey Buckingham Harmony
Don Henley Harmony
Graham Nash Harmony
Jorge Calderon Harmony
Kenny Edwards Guitar
Steve Forman Percussion
Bob Glaub Bass
George Gruel
Jim Horn Recorder
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Russ Kunkel Drums
Greg Ladanyi
David Landau Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar
Rick Marotta Drums
Jeff Porcaro Drums, Log Drums
J.D. Souther Background Vocals, Harmony
Jordan Zevon Harmony
Waddy Wachtel Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals, Harmony
LeRoy Marinell Acoustic Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass
Jonathan Exley
Mike Botts Drums
Gary Braglia
Don Grabowski "Don G."
James Houghton
Harry Landry
Ted Shackleford
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Audio Production
Chip Taylor Composer
Niko Bolas Engineer
Michael Curtis Assistant Photographer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Greg Ladanyi Producer, Engineer, Original Album Producer
David Wild Liner Notes
Warren Zevon Composer, Producer, Original Album Producer
Waddy Wachtel Producer, Audio Production, Original Album Producer
Jimmy Wachtel Cover Photo
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