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
Studio Record One, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock
Length 31:59
Label Asylum
Producer Warren Zevon, Greg Ladanyi, Waddy Wachtel
Warren Zevon chronology
Stand in the Fire
(1981)Stand in the Fire1981
The Envoy
A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon
(1986)A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon1986
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. The album was released on July 16, 1982, by Asylum Records. 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. In reaction, Zevon went on a self-destructive binge that nearly killed him, followed by a rehab stint that kept Zevon clean and sober for the rest of his life.[citation needed]

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.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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, LeRoy Marinell, Zevon 3:41
9. "Never Too Late for Love"   4:37


Additional personnel
  • Jamie Ledner, Wayne Tadouye - engineers
  • Jimmy Wachtel - design, cover photography


Year Chart Peak
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 93[4]


  1. ^ Mark Deming. "The Envoy - Warren Zevon | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  2. ^ "CG: warren zevon". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  3. ^ John Metzger (2007-07-19). "Warren Zevon - The Envoy (Album Review)". Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  4. ^ "The Envoy - Warren Zevon | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23.