Excitable Boy showcases Warren Zevon's musical genius to good effect. Catchy, witty songs, performed with gusto and with great musical accompaniment throughout. The original tracks played in order tell you just what a craftsman of the alternative song Zevon was. Nothing here is wasted, every track sparkles with something that sticks in the mind.
As if to prove the point, the bonus tracks added to this re-mastered edition of the CD release are fine, but don't add anything to the original experience. That said, "Frozen Notes" remains one of the most beautiful songs Zevon ever wrote and recorded, so I don't mind how many times I hear that one.
Anyone with a passing interest in Zevon's music and who owns one of the greatest hits packages available will probably own most of these songs already, but Excitable Boy puts them back where they belong - the original album is simply a corker. Essential.