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Learning to Flinch is a live acoustic rock album by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, recorded at various points between late June through mid-October of 1992 and released in 1993.

Album NotesEdit

Learning to Flinch featured three new songs ("Worrier King", "Roland Chorale" and "The Indifference of Heaven"). Also this is the only time Warren Zevon has played a version of "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" that has lasted more than the average 4 minutes on an album, although he did it frequently in live performances. This version of the song includes a piano solo in the beginning of the song and another between the last two verses.

The version of "Lawyers, Guns and Money" included is played in the key of G major rather than A Major, which is the key that is used in the studio version. "Mr. Bad Example" is played in E Major rather than F# Major as heard on the studio version.

Tone wise, "Boom Boom Mancini" is in the key of E minor, not F minor as heard on the original studio version. Though, the studio version is still transcribed in E minor due the a capo places on the first fret of the guitar raising the key by a half step.

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Warren Zevon; except where indicated

  1. "Splendid Isolation" – 4:20
  2. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" – 3:22
  3. "Mr. Bad Example" (Jorge Calderón, Zevon) – 3:08
  4. "Excitable Boy" (LeRoy Marinell, Zevon) – 2:41
  5. "Hasten Down the Wind" – 3:41
  6. "The French Inhaler" – 4:22
  7. "Worrier King" – 4:05
  8. "Roland Chorale" (David Lindell, Zevon) – 1:30
  9. "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" (Lindell, Zevon) – 11:18
  10. "Searching for a Heart" – 3:05
  11. "Boom Boom Mancini" – 3:18
  12. "Jungle Work" (Calderón, Zevon) – 4:53
  13. "Piano Fighter" – 4:08
  14. "Werewolves of London" (Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Zevon) – 4:10
  15. "The Indifference of Heaven" – 4:12
  16. "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" – 9:38
  17. "Play It All Night Long" – 3:49

PersonnelEdit

Live Track Information Edit

1. Splendid Isolation

Bogarts

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

House Mixer: Steve Girton

Monitors: Steve Buckavitch

July 1, 1992


2. Lawyers, Guns and Money

Paradise

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

House Mixer: Roger Merritt

MonitorsL Dave Forbes

June 24, 1992


3. Mr. Bad Example

The Loft

Berlin, Germany

House Mixer: Thomas Page

Monitors: Reiner Piske

September 16, 1992


4. Excitable Boy

Tipitina's

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Hourse MixerL Sonny Schneidau

Monitors: Lewis Murry

July 23, 1992


5. Hasten Down the Wind

Town Hall

New York, New York, USA

House Mixer: Tom Matthews

Monitors: John Burns

June 27, 1992


6. The French Inhaler

Town & Country

London, England

House Mixer: Gil Brown

Monitors: Julian Biss

September 25, 1992


7. Worrier King

Gluepot

Auckland, New Zealand

House MixerL Paul Crowther

Monitors: Kevin Bennett

October 3, 1992


8. Roland Chorale

Gluepot

Auckland, New Zealand

House MixerL Paul Crowther

Monitors: Kevin Bennett

October 3, 1992


9. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

Sentrum

Oslo, Norway

House Mixer: Per Ola Holden

Monitors: Jan Børre Anderson

September 8, 1992


10. Searching for a Heart

Burswood Casino

Perth, Australia

House Mixer: Ian Taylor

Monitors: Bicci Henderson

October 13, 1992


11. Boom Boom Mancini

The Flood Zone

Richmond, Virginia, USA

House Mixer: Fran Ellis

Monitors: Mark Tomlinson

June 5, 1992


12. Jungle Work

St. Mary's Leagues Club

St. Mary's, Austrailia

House Mixer: Ian Taylor

Monitors: Bicci Henderson

October 9, 1992


13. Piano Fighter

The Cambridge Hotel

Newcastle, Australia

House Mixer: Ian Taylor

Monitors: Bicci Henderson

October 10, 1992


14. Werewolves of London

Town & Country

London, England

House Mixer: Gil Brown

Monitors: Julian Biss

September 25, 1992


15. The Indifference of Heaven

Biskuithalle

Bonn, Germany

House Mixer: Ulli Kaufmann

Monitors: Dirk Schenlen

September 21, 1992


16. Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Big Ticket

Adelaide, Australia

House Mixer: Ian Taylor

Monitors: Bicci Henderson

October 11, 1992


17. Play it All Night Long

Park West

Chicago, Illinois, USA

House Mixer: Jay O'Rourke

Monitors: Will Salerno

July 8, 1992

ProductionEdit

Producers: Warren Zevon, Duncan Aldrich

ChartsEdit

Album

Year Chart Position
1993 The Billboard 200 198

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