Zevon's 1977 smash on CD or vinyl! Lawyers, Guns and Money; Werewolves of London, and more! With this 1978 LP, Warren Zevon stepped forward as something of the dark prince of California. Like fellow Southern California outcast Randy Newman, Zevon achieved some fame, albeit not what his talent would have earned him had he written songs more like his mellower pal Jackson Browne and a little less like Jack the Ripper in a convertible. Fascinated with bloodthirsty antiheroes, Zevon wrote with the flair of a desperately bright pulp writer and summoned images of mutilated mercenaries ("Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"), pampered bad boys ("Lawyers, Guns and Money"), helpless sickos (the title track), and, of course, feral Chinese-food fiends ("Werewolves of London"). Excitable Boy's 1976 predecessor (Warren Zevon) may be a more consistent album, but this is the one that put Zevon in the public consciousness as someone to keep an eye on--for protection as well as promise. --Steven Stolder
This album came out in 1978. That is almost a lifetime and yet, to me, it is still fresh, startling andoriginal. This album houses 9 songs that are all different from the other. And yet, they holdtogether well, possibly by Mr. Zevon's consistent voice, or the production by Jackson Brown andWaddy Wachtel (A consummate studio musician).This album came out after a difficult time for Zevon. Want a peek into how troubled he was look atthe record sleeve reprinted on the..
I'm a fan of this recording. The songs and particularly the audio quality on album was always something I noticed. I have a humble system with higher end Denon driving consumer level Polk Rt55is; CD player is Denon 2910 using Optical PCM link to amp. I've always felt the rt55is lacked in the presence area, however, this remastered CD sounds very good on them. It's sounds like I wanted it to....clear and crisp on the top end, tight with a piano like percussive attac..