The Envoy

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The Envoy
The Envoy (Warren Zevon album cover).jpg
Studio album by Warren Zevon
Released July 16, 1982
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock
Length 31:59
Label Asylum
Producer Warren Zevon, Greg Ladanyi and Waddy Wachtel
Warren Zevon chronology
Stand in the Fire
The Envoy
A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon
Singles from The Envoy
  1. "Let Nothing Come Between You"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Music Box 3.5/5 stars[3]

The Envoy is the fifth studio album by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, released in 1982 by Asylum (see 1982 in music), but was not released on compact disc until 2006. The album's lack of commercial success caused Zevon's label to terminate his recording contract, a fact that Zevon discovered only after reading about it in Rolling Stone.[citation needed] In reaction, Zevon went on a self-destructive 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.

Track listing[edit]

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.


Additional personnel[edit]



Year Chart Peak
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 93[4]