The Envoy

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.

The title track was inspired by veteran American diplomat Philip Habib's shuttle diplomacy during Israel's Lebanon incursion of 1982.

Zevon later said of the album's lack of success, "I would start a record more or less as soon as I'd finished the one previous to it, and they took longer, cost more and more, and actually did sort of less and less well. Particularly The Envoy. I was a little discouraged after that."[4]

The Envoy
The Envoy (Warren Zevon album cover)
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 16, 1982
StudioRecord One, Los Angeles, California
ProducerWarren Zevon, Greg Ladanyi, 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
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA−[2]
Music Box3.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing

All songs written by Warren Zevon except as indicated.

1."The Envoy" 3:12
2."The Overdraft"Thomas McGuane, Zevon2:43
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, Zevon3:34
7."Charlie's Medicine" 4:48
8."Looking for the Next Best Thing"Kenny Edwards, LeRoy Marinell, Zevon3:41
9."Never Too Late for Love" 4:37
Bonus Tracks (2007 reissue)
10."Word of Mouth" (Outtake) 4:01
11."Let Nothing Come Between You" (Alternate take) 3:40
12."The Risk" (Outtake) 2:34
13."Wild Thing" (Outtake)Chip Taylor2:29


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


Year Chart Peak
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 93[5]


  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. ^ Sylvie Simmons. "Warren Zevon". Rock's Backpages.(Subscription required.)
  5. ^ "The Envoy - Warren Zevon | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23.

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