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The Envoy is an album by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, released in 1982 by Asylum.

It is considered to be the least well-known of his major-label studio recordings because it was not released on compact disc until 2006. A commercial failure at the time of its original release, The Envoy caused Zevon's label to terminate his recording contract, a fact the self-destructive Zevon famously discovered only after reading about it in the gossip column of the Rolling Stone. The result was a binge that nearly killed him, followed by a rehab stint that kept Zevon clean and sober until the last year of his life.

The title track was inspired by veteran American diplomat Philip Habib's shuttle diplomacy during Israel's Lebanon incursion of 1982. This was also his son Jordan's first appearance on his albums, providing harmony vocals on track three.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Warren Zevon except as indicated.

  1. "The Envoy" – 3:12
  2. "The Overdraft" (Thomas McGuane, Zevon) – 2:43
  3. "The Hula Hula Boys" – 3:01
  4. "Jesus Mentioned" – 2:45
  5. "Let Nothing Come Between You" – 3:38
  6. "Ain't that Pretty at All" (LeRoy Marinell, Zevon) – 3:34
  7. "Charlie's Medicine" – 4:48
  8. "Looking for the Next Best Thing" (Kenny Edwards, Marinell, Zevon) – 3:41
  9. "Never Too Late For Love" – 4:37

Bonus Tracks (2007 CD release)Edit

  1. "Word of Mouth" (Outtake) – 4:01
  2. "Let Nothing Come Between You" (Alternate take) – 3:40
  3. "The Risk" (Outtake) – 2:34
  4. "Wild Thing" (Chip Taylor) (Outtake) – 2:29

Track listing note: On the original vinyl release, tracks 1-5 comprised Side one, and tracks 6-9 comprised Side two.

PersonnelEdit

  • Warren Zevon – vocals, guitar on 1 7, piano on 1 2 5 8 9, synthesizer on 1 5 6 7 8, electric piano on 3,
  • Waddy Wachtel – guitar on 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9, percussion on 5, harmony vocals on 5
  • David Landau – guitar on 1 2 5 6, backing vocals on 6
  • Leland Sklar – bass on 1 2 3 5
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums on 1 2 3 5 8, log drums on 3, puili sticks on 3

Additional personnelEdit

ChartsEdit

AlbumEdit

Year Chart Peak
Position
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 93


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