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Learning to Flinch is a live acoustic rock album by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, recorded at various points between late June through mid-October of 1992 and released in 1993.

Album Notes[]

Learning to Flinch featured three new songs ("Worrier King", "Roland Chorale" and "The Indifference of Heaven"). Also this is the only time Warren Zevon has played a version of "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" that has 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 in the beginning of the song and another between the last two verses.

The version of "Lawyers, Guns and Money" included is played in the key of G major rather than A Major, which is the key that is used in the studio version. "Mr. Bad Example" is played in E Major rather than F# Major as heard on the studio version.

Tone wise, "Boom Boom Mancini" is in the key of E minor, not F minor as heard on the original studio version. Though, the studio version is still transcribed in E minor due the a capo places on the first fret of the guitar raising the key by a half step.

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[]

Live Track Information[]

1. Splendid Isolation

Bogarts

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

House Mixer: Steve Girton

Monitors: Steve Buckavitch

July 1, 1992


2. Lawyers, Guns and Money

Paradise

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

House Mixer: Roger Merritt

MonitorsL Dave Forbes

June 24, 1992


3. Mr. Bad Example

The Loft

Berlin, Germany

House Mixer: Thomas Page

Monitors: Reiner Piske

September 16, 1992


4. Excitable Boy

Tipitina's

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Hourse MixerL Sonny Schneidau

Monitors: Lewis Murry

July 23, 1992


5. Hasten Down the Wind

Town Hall

New York, New York, USA

House Mixer: Tom Matthews

Monitors: John Burns

June 27, 1992


6. The French Inhaler

Town & Country

London, England

House Mixer: Gil Brown

Monitors: Julian Biss

September 25, 1992


7. Worrier King

Gluepot

Auckland, New Zealand

House MixerL Paul Crowther

Monitors: Kevin Bennett

October 3, 1992


8. Roland Chorale

Gluepot

Auckland, New Zealand

House MixerL Paul Crowther

Monitors: Kevin Bennett

October 3, 1992


9. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

Sentrum

Oslo, Norway

House Mixer: Per Ola Holden

Monitors: Jan Børre Anderson

September 8, 1992


10. Searching for a Heart

Burswood Casino

Perth, Australia

House Mixer: Ian Taylor

Monitors: Bicci Henderson

October 13, 1992


11. Boom Boom Mancini

The Flood Zone

Richmond, Virginia, USA

House Mixer: Fran Ellis

Monitors: Mark Tomlinson

June 5, 1992


12. Jungle Work

St. Mary's Leagues Club

St. Mary's, Austrailia

House Mixer: Ian Taylor

Monitors: Bicci Henderson

October 9, 1992


13. Piano Fighter

The Cambridge Hotel

Newcastle, Australia

House Mixer: Ian Taylor

Monitors: Bicci Henderson

October 10, 1992


14. Werewolves of London

Town & Country

London, England

House Mixer: Gil Brown

Monitors: Julian Biss

September 25, 1992


15. The Indifference of Heaven

Biskuithalle

Bonn, Germany

House Mixer: Ulli Kaufmann

Monitors: Dirk Schenlen

September 21, 1992


16. Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Big Ticket

Adelaide, Australia

House Mixer: Ian Taylor

Monitors: Bicci Henderson

October 11, 1992


17. Play it All Night Long

Park West

Chicago, Illinois, USA

House Mixer: Jay O'Rourke

Monitors: Will Salerno

July 8, 1992

Production[]

Producers: Warren Zevon, Duncan Aldrich

Charts[]

Album

Year Chart Position
1993 The Billboard 200 198

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