Excitable Boy ~ A Warren Zevon Album

July 15, 2018

Excitable Boy is the third studio album by Warren Zevon

Many of Warren's friends joined in on the production

~ Excitable Boy was released on January 18, 1978 by Asylum Records

~ Excitable Boy includes the single Werewolves of London 

which reached Number 21 and remained in the American Top 40 for six weeks 

~ Excitable Boy brought Zevon to commercial attention

and remains the best-selling album of his career

~ The Excitable Boy and Werewolves of London cuts on the album 

were considered macabrely humorous by some critics

~ The historical Veracruz dramatizes the United States occupation of Veracruz 

~ Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner is a fictionalized account

of former mercenary David Lindell's experiences 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

~ There are two ballads about life and relationships

Accidentally Like a Martyr and Tenderness on the Block

as well as the funk/disco-inspired Nighttime in the Switching Yard

 

Personnel

~ Warren Zevon – lead, harmony and backing vocals, piano, organ, synthesizer

~ Jorge Calderón – harmony and backing vocals; Spanish vocals on Veracruz

~ Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar - guitar, percussion

~ Russ Kunkel – drums

Additional Personnel

~ Karla Bonoff – harmony vocals on Accidentally Like a Martyr

~ Jackson Browne – guitar, harmony and backing vocals

~ Luis Damian – jarana on Veracruz

~ Kenny Edwards – bass on Veracruz, Tenderness on the Block 

   and "Lawyers, Guns and Money

~ John McVie - bass on Werewolves of London

~ Mick Fleetwood – drums on Werewolves of London

~ The Gentlemen Boys: Jackson Browne, Jorge Calderón, Kenny Edwards,

   J. D. Souther, and Waddy Wachtel – backing and harmony vocals

~ Arthur Gerst – Mexican harp

~ Bob Glaub – bass on Roland the Headless Gunner, Excitable Boy, 

                       and Nighttime in the Switching Yard

~ Jim Horn – recorder on Veracruz; saxophone on Excitable Boy

~ Greg Ladanyi – bells on Nighttime in the Switching Yard

~ Rick Marotta – drums on Veracruz and Lawyers, Guns and Money

~ Jeff Porcaro – drums and percussion on Nighttime in the Switching Yard

~ Linda Ronstadt – backing and harmony vocals on Excitable Boy

~ Leland Sklar – bass on Johnny Strikes Up The Band 

                           and Accidentally Like a Martyr

~ J.D. Souther – backing and harmony vocals

~ Manuel Vasquez – requinto on Veracruz

~ Waddy Wachtel – guitar, synthesizer, harmony and backing vocals

~ Jennifer Warnes – harmony vocals on Excitable Boy

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