WARREN ZEVON – ” The Envoy ” Classic Albums

Posted: August 2, 2017 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Warren Zevon’s final album and fifth album for Elektra Records, “The Envoy”, delivered another dose of the edgy intelligence and sardonic humor that were the singer-songwriter’s trademarks. Recorded with such top session players as guitarist Waddy Wachtel and bassist Leland Sklar along with famed session drummer Jeff Porcaro, along with famous friends including Lindsey Buckingham, Don Henley and Graham Nash, the performances are as sharp as the lyrics on these nine originals. Drug dealers (“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.” , all are among the many fascinating characters featured in these songs- and perhaps stand-ins for personal demons – peopling the 1982 collection. “The Envoy” was released 35 years ago this month, and it’s an excellent reminder of how much Warren Zevon’s distinctive voice is missed these days.

The album was released on July 16th, 1982, by Asylum Records. 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 magazine.

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