Learning to Flinch

Learning to Flinch is a live solo acoustic album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, recorded at various venues in the U.S., Europe and Australia and released in early 1993 (see 1993 in music). Zevon's second and final live set, it featured three new songs ("Worrier King," "Piano Fighter" and "The Indifference of Heaven"). While not an official MTV Unplugged title, the stripped-down format of the album is in line with the live acoustic trend that flourished in the early 1990s.

This album is the only time Zevon played a version of "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" that lasted more than the average 4 minutes on an album, although he did it frequently in live performances. This version of the song includes a piano solo at the beginning of the song and another between the last two verses. Also, this version of "Lawyers, Guns and Money" is played in the key of G major rather than A Major, the key in the studio version. "Mr. Bad Example" is played in E Major rather than F#Major as heard on the studio version.

Learning to Flinch
Warren Zevon - Learning to Flinch
Live album by
ReleasedApril 13, 1993
RecordedJune 24, 1992 – October 13, 1992
GenreRock
Length75:40
LabelGiant Records
ProducerWarren Zevon,
Duncan Aldrich
Warren Zevon chronology
Mr. Bad Example
(1991)
Learning to Flinch
(1993)
Mutineer
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(dud)[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars link

Track listing

All tracks composed by Warren Zevon, except where indicated.

  1. "Splendid Isolation" – 4:20
  2. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" – 3:22
  3. "Mr. Bad Example" (Jorge Calderón, Zevon) – 3:08
  4. "Excitable Boy" (LeRoy Marinell, Zevon) – 2:41
  5. "Hasten Down the Wind" – 3:41
  6. "The French Inhaler" – 4:22
  7. "Worrier King" – 4:05
  8. "Roland Chorale" (David Lindell, Zevon) – 1:30
  9. "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" (Lindell, Zevon) – 11:18
  10. "Searching for a Heart" – 3:05
  11. "Boom Boom Mancini" – 3:18
  12. "Jungle Work" (Calderón, Zevon) – 4:53
  13. "Piano Fighter" – 4:08
  14. "Werewolves of London" (Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Zevon) – 4:10
  15. "The Indifference of Heaven" – 4:12
  16. "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" – 9:38
  17. "Play It All Night Long" – 3:49

Personnel

Production

Producers: Warren Zevon, Duncan Aldrich

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1993 Billboard 200 198

References

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Warren Zevon". Robert Christgau.
1993 in music

This is a summary of significant events in music in 1993.

Jordan Zevon

Jordan Zevon (born August 7, 1969) is an American singer, musician and songwriter. He is the son of rock musician Warren Zevon.

Following his father's death in 2003, Jordan, his half-sister, Ariel, and longtime Zevon collaborator Jorge Calderón accepted Warren's two posthumous Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary Folk Album for The Wind. His father's death from mesothelioma moved Jordan to work for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization as an advocate for those harmed by exposure to asbestos. He appeared on the 2004 tribute album to his father titled Enjoy Every Sandwich: Songs of Warren Zevon singing the previously unreleased song "Studebaker". In 2005, he appeared on another tribute album called Hurry Home Early: the Songs of Warren Zevon, issued by Wampus Multimedia, where he sang another unreleased song called "Warm Rain" with Simone Stevens.

In 2005, Zevon released his self-titled debut EP through his production company Mixed Headache. His first full-length album, Insides Out, was released through Texas-based New West Records on April 15, 2008.

On June 7, 2007, Zevon appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and again on April 18, 2008. In 2008, he won the Overall Grand Prize of the prestigious 14th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with his song "Home".

Zevon is currently working on a new album entitled Imperfect, which he has described to be "darker and more rock than power pop" compared to his previous work. He has stated that it will feature the tracks "May or May Not", "Not Like Me", "Merry Go Wrong", "Wrecking Ball", "The Epic Fail" and "Stick With Me". On August 4, 2011, he released a demo take of the song "Wrecking Ball" on his personal website.

Zevon has also produced several films, including the motion picture $pent (2000).

Mr. Bad Example

Mr. Bad Example is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on October 15, 1991.

Mutineer (album)

Mutineer is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on May 23, 1995, by Giant.

Poor Poor Pitiful Me

"Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is a rock song written and first recorded by American musician Warren Zevon in 1976. It is best known as one of Linda Ronstadt's signature hits. Country music singer Terri Clark scored a Top Five hit in 1996 with her own cover of the song. There have also been many other versions of this song.

Warren Zevon

Warren William Zevon (; January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician.

Zevon's most famous compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978), whose title track is also well-known. He also wrote major hits that were recorded by other artists, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Accidentally Like a Martyr", "Mohammed's Radio", "Carmelita", and "Hasten Down the Wind". Along with his own work, he recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl", Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" and Prince's "Raspberry Beret".

Initially successful as a band leader, Zevon struggled to have a solo career until his music was performed by Linda Rondstadt. This launched a cult following that lasted for 25 years with Zevon making occasional returns to album and single charts until his death from cancer in 2003. He briefly found a new audience in the 1980s by teaming up with members of R.E.M. in the blues rock outfit Hindu Love Gods.

Known for his dry wit and acerbic lyrics, he was a guest several times on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Warren Zevon discography

This article lists the discography of American Rock singer-songwriter and musician Warren Zevon.

Werewolves of London

"Werewolves of London" is a rock song performed by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. It was composed by Zevon, LeRoy Marinell and Waddy Wachtel and was included on Excitable Boy (1978), Zevon's third solo album. The track featured Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on drums and bass respectively. The single was released by Asylum Records and was a top 40 US hit, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 that May.

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