Album of the Day
Warren Zevon's final album for Elektra Records, THE ENVOY, delivered another dose of the edgy intelligence and sardonic humor that were the singer-songwriter's trademarks. Recorded with such top session players as guitarist Waddy Wachtel and bassist Leland Sklar, along with famous friends including Lindsey Buckingham, Don Henley and Graham Nash, the performances are as sharp as the lyrics on these nine originals. Drug dealers (“Charlie's Medicine”), shuttle diplomats (the title track) and Elvis Presley (“Jesus Mentioned”) are among the many fascinating characters - and perhaps stand-ins for personal demons - peopling the 1982 collection. THE ENVOY was released 35 years ago this month, and it's an excellent reminder of how much Warren Zevon's distinctive voice is missed these days.