Complete List Of Warren Zevon Albums And Discography

Warren Zevon Albums

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This Complete List Of Warren Zevon Albums And Songs presents the full discography of Warren Zevon studio albums. Warren Zevon was born on  Warren Zevon hailed from the area of  This complete Warren Zevon discography also includes every single live album. All these spectacular Warren Zevon albums have been presented below in chronological order. We have also included all original release dates with each Warren Zevon album as well as all original album covers. Every Warren Zevon album listed below showcases the entire Warren Zevon album tracklisting.

WARREN ZEVON STUDIO ALBUMS

Wanted Dead or Alive

Released: 1970

“Wanted Dead or Alive” is Warren Zevon’s debut album. The album was a commercial disappointment, and it would take another six years for Zevon to achieve significant recognition. However, it was an early display of Zevon’s lyrical prowess and eclectic style.

The album featured Warren Zevon on vocals, piano, and guitar, along with various session musicians. It was produced by Kim Fowley and Marty Cerf. The album was released on Imperial Records and was recorded at various studios in Los Angeles in 1969.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Frank and Jesse James” – 4:33
  2. “Mama Couldn’t Be Persuaded” – 2:53
  3. “Backs Turned Looking Down the Path” – 2:27
  4. “Hasten Down the Wind” – 2:58
  5. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” – 3:04
  6. “The French Inhaler” – 3:44
  7. “Mohammed’s Radio” – 3:40
  8. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” – 2:56
  9. “Carmelita” – 3:32
  10. “Join Me in L.A.” – 3:13

Warren Zevon

Released: 1976

“Warren Zevon” marked Zevon’s second attempt at a career in music, and it was the album that would finally get him the attention he deserved. Featuring the classics “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” and “Carmelita,” this album put Zevon on the map as a serious singer-songwriter.

The album featured Warren Zevon on vocals, guitar, piano, Jackson Browne as producer, and various guest musicians like Lindsey Buckingham. It was released on Asylum Records. The album was recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles in 1975.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Frank and Jesse James” – 4:33
  2. “Mama Couldn’t Be Persuaded” – 2:53
  3. “Backs Turned Looking Down the Path” – 2:27
  4. “Hasten Down the Wind” – 2:58
  5. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” – 3:04
  6. “The French Inhaler” – 3:44
  7. “Mohammed’s Radio” – 3:40
  8. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” – 2:56
  9. “Carmelita” – 3:32
  10. “Join Me in L.A.” – 3:13

Excitable Boy

Released: 1978

“Excitable Boy” was Zevon’s breakthrough album, featuring hits like “Werewolves of London” and “Lawyers, Guns and Money.” The album was a commercial success, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album was produced by Waddy Wachtel and Jackson Browne, and it featured Warren Zevon on vocals, piano, guitar, along with guest musicians like Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. It was released on Asylum Records. The album was recorded at The Sound Factory and Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles in 1977.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Johnny Strikes Up the Band” – 2:49
  2. “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” – 3:47
  3. “Excitable Boy” – 2:40
  4. “Werewolves of London” – 3:27
  5. “Accidentally Like a Martyr” – 3:37
  6. “Nighttime in the Switching Yard” – 4:15
  7. “Veracruz” – 3:30
  8. “Tenderness on the Block” – 3:55
  9. Lawyers, Guns and Money” – 2:59

Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School

Released: 1980

The album was a follow-up to his successful “Excitable Boy” but didn’t quite reach the same commercial heights, peaking at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. However, it continued to showcase Zevon’s wit and narrative ability.

Produced by Warren Zevon and Greg Ladanyi, the album featured various guest musicians like David Lindley and Linda Ronstadt. It was released on Asylum Records. The album was recorded at Record One, Los Angeles, between May and October 1979.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Play It All Night Long” – 2:54
  2. “Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School” – 2:57
  3. “A Certain Girl” – 2:17
  4. “Jungle Work” – 4:01
  5. “Empty-Handed Heart” – 3:15
  6. “Interlude No. 1 / Play It All Night Long” – 0:34
  7. “Jeannie Needs a Shooter” – 3:33
  8. “Bill Lee” – 1:37
  9. “Gorilla, You’re a Desperado” – 2:44
  10. “Bed of Coals” – 5:00

The Envoy

Released: 1982

“The Envoy” is a more politically focused record than Zevon’s earlier work. Although the album wasn’t commercially successful, it is critically acclaimed for its songwriting. The album peaked at No. 93 on the Billboard 200.

Produced by Warren Zevon and Waddy Wachtel, it featured guest musicians such as Don Henley and Lindsey Buckingham. The album was released on Asylum Records and was recorded at various studios in Los Angeles in 1981.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “The Envoy” – 3:12
  2. “The Overdraft” – 2:44
  3. “The Hula Hula Boys” – 3:02
  4. “Jesus Mentioned” – 2:45
  5. “Let Nothing Come Between You” – 3:00
  6. “Ain’t That Pretty At All” – 3:34
  7. “Charlie’s Medicine” – 4:48
  8. “Looking for the Next Best Thing” – 3:41

Sentimental Hygiene

Released: 1987

The album marked a comeback for Zevon after a five-year hiatus. It was a commercial and critical success, reaching No. 63 on the Billboard 200.

Produced by Warren Zevon, Niko Bolas, and Andrew Slater, the album featured contributions from Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and members of R.E.M. It was released on Virgin Records and was recorded in Los Angeles in 1986.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Sentimental Hygiene” – 5:08
  2. “Boom Boom Mancini” – 4:49
  3. “The Factory” – 2:46
  4. “Trouble Waiting to Happen” – 3:33
  5. “Reconsider Me” – 3:20
  6. “Detox Mansion” – 3:14
  7. “Bad Karma” – 3:14
  8. “Even a Dog Can Shake Hands” – 3:00
  9. “The Heartache” – 3:18

Transverse City

Released: 1989

“Transverse City” was a departure from Zevon’s earlier work, with a more futuristic and cyberpunk-inspired aesthetic. However, the album was not a commercial success, peaking at No. 158 on the Billboard 200.

Produced by Warren Zevon and Duncan Aldrich, the album featured guest appearances by Jerry Garcia and David Gilmour. It was released on Virgin Records and was recorded at various studios in Los Angeles in 1988.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Transverse City” – 4:19
  2. “Run Straight Down” – 4:05
  3. “The Long Arm of the Law” – 3:47
  4. “Turbulence” – 4:09
  5. “They Moved the Moon” – 4:31
  6. “Splendid Isolation” – 4:34
  7. “Networking” – 3:04
  8. “Gridlock” – 5:31
  9. “Down in the Mall” – 4:32

Hindu Love Gods

Released: 1990

Originally a side project involving members of R.E.M. and Warren Zevon, the “Hindu Love Gods” album gained significant attention. It was primarily a cover album and did not chart, but it has a unique place in Zevon’s discography.

Produced by Andrew Slater and Niko Bolas, the album features Warren Zevon on vocals and piano, Peter Buck on guitar, Mike Mills on bass, and Bill Berry on drums. It was released on Giant Records and was recorded at A&M Studios, Los Angeles, in 1987.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Walkin’ Blues” – 4:13
  2. “Travelin’ Riverside Blues” – 4:01
  3. “Raspberry Beret” – 3:52
  4. “Crosscut Saw” – 2:45
  5. “Junko Pardner” – 3:17
  6. “Mannish Boy” – 5:05
  7. “Wang Dang Doodle” – 3:08
  8. “Battleship Chains” – 3:05
  9. “I’m a One Woman Man” – 2:37
  10. “Vigilante Man” – 3:16

Mr. Bad Example 

Released: 1991

The album blends dark humor and serious themes, and it did relatively well commercially, peaking at No. 161 on the Billboard 200.

Produced by Waddy Wachtel, it featured Warren Zevon on vocals, guitar, and keyboards, among other musicians like Jorge Calderón and David Lindley. It was released on Giant Records and was recorded at various studios in 1990.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Finishing Touches” – 3:29
  2. “Suzie Lightning” – 4:04
  3. “Model Citizen” – 2:46
  4. “Angel Dressed in Black” – 3:11
  5. “Mr. Bad Example” – 3:21
  6. “Renegade” – 2:47
  7. “Heartache Spoken Here” – 3:38
  8. “Quite Ugly One Morning” – 3:03
  9. “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” – 2:53
  10. “Searching for a Heart” – 4:17

Mutineer 

Released: 1995

A mix of originals and covers, “Mutineer” was not a commercial success but has gained a cult following. It did not chart on the Billboard 200.

Produced by Warren Zevon, the album was released on Giant Records and was recorded at various studios in 1994.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Seminole Bingo” – 3:12
  2. “Something Bad Happened to a Clown” – 4:28
  3. “Similar to Rain” – 3:20
  4. “The Indifference of Heaven” – 3:33
  5. “Jesus Was a Cross Maker” – 2:52
  6. “Poisonous Lookalike” – 3:37
  7. “Piano Fighter” – 4:07
  8. “Rottweiler Blues” – 3:00
  9. “Monkey Wash Donkey Rinse” – 3:30
  10. “Mutineer” – 3:16

Life’ll Kill Ya 

Released: 2000

A precursor to Zevon’s final days, “Life’ll Kill Ya” is a darkly comedic album that muses on mortality and human folly. It peaked at No. 178 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade, along with Warren Zevon, the album features Zevon on vocals, guitar, and piano, and a variety of guest musicians. It was released on Artemis Records and was recorded at various studios in 1999.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “I Was in the House When the House Burned Down” – 3:02
  2. “Life’ll Kill Ya” – 2:50
  3. “Porcelain Monkey” – 3:32
  4. “For My Next Trick I’ll Need a Volunteer” – 3:08
  5. “I’ll Slow You Down” – 3:14
  6. “Hostage-O” – 4:05
  7. “Dirty Little Religion” – 3:30
  8. “Back in the High Life Again” – 3:13
  9. “Fistful of Rain” – 5:51
  10. “Ourselves to Know” – 3:19

My Ride’s Here 

Released: 2002

This album saw Zevon teaming up with guest writers and authors, including Hunter S. Thompson and Carl Hiaasen. Though not a commercial hit, it received generally positive reviews.

Produced by Warren Zevon and others, it was released on Artemis Records and was recorded at various locations between 2000 and 2001.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Sacrificial Lambs” – 3:55
  2. “Basket Case” – 4:12
  3. “Lord Byron’s Luggage” – 4:40
  4. “Macgillycuddy’s Reeks” – 3:01
  5. “You’re a Whole Different Person When You’re Scared” – 5:18
  6. “Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)” – 5:28
  7. “Genius” – 5:00
  8. “Laissez-Moi Tranquille” – 3:31
  9. “I Have to Leave” – 3:04
  10. “My Ride’s Here” – 3:42

The Wind 

Released: 2003

Recorded after Zevon was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, “The Wind” is an emotional, yet uplifting album that garnered two posthumous Grammy Awards. It peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200.

Produced by Warren Zevon and Jorge Calderón, the album includes a variety of guest musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Dwight Yoakam. It was released on Artemis Records and was recorded at various locations between 2002 and 2003.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Dirty Life and Times” – 3:15
  2. “Disorder in the House” – 4:36
  3. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – 4:07
  4. “Numb as a Statue” – 4:09
  5. “She’s Too Good for Me” – 2:49
  6. “Prison Grove” – 4:50
  7. “El Amor de Mi Vida” – 2:49
  8. “The Rest of the Night” – 4:05
  9. “Please Stay” – 3:34
  10. “Rub Me Raw” – 5:44
  11. “Keep Me in Your Heart” – 3:28

WARREN ZEVON LIVE ALBUMS

Stand in the Fire 

Released: 1980

“Stand in the Fire” is a live album that captured Zevon at his high-energy best, recorded over a series of concerts at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. The album was well-received and peaked at No. 145 on the Billboard 200.

Produced by Warren Zevon and Greg Ladanyi, the album features Warren Zevon on vocals, piano, guitar, and was released on Asylum Records. It was recorded at the Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, in December 1980.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Stand in the Fire” – 3:26
  2. “Jeannie Needs a Shooter” – 4:00
  3. “Excitable Boy” – 3:52
  4. “Mohammed’s Radio” – 4:45
  5. “Werewolves of London” – 4:48
  6. “Lawyers, Guns and Money” – 3:31
  7. “The Sin” – 3:06
  8. “Poor Poor Pitiful Me” – 4:13
  9. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” – 4:39

Learning to Flinch 

Released: 1993

“Learning to Flinch” is a live solo acoustic album that showcases Zevon’s songwriting skills and unique performance style. The album didn’t chart but received favorable reviews from critics.

Produced by Duncan Aldrich and Warren Zevon, the album was released on Giant Records and was recorded during Zevon’s 1992 solo acoustic tour.

CD Track Listings:

  1. “Splendid Isolation” – 4:35
  2. “Lawyers, Guns and Money” – 3:19
  3. “Mr. Bad Example” – 3:25
  4. “Excitable Boy” – 2:56
  5. “Hasten Down the Wind” – 3:01
  6. “The French Inhaler” – 3:44
  7. “Worrier King” – 4:04
  8. “Roland Chorale” – 1:00
  9. “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” – 7:40
  10. “Searching for a Heart” – 4:06

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