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Sentimental Hygiene Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00008NGC7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sentimental Hygiene
2. Boom Boom Mancini
3. The Factory
4. Trouble Waiting To Happen
5. Reconsider Me
6. Detox Mansion
7. Bad Karma
8. Even A Dog Can Shake Hands
9. The Heartache
10. Leave My Monkey Alone
11. Nocturne (Instrumental)
12. Leave My Monkey Alone (Spanish)

Editorial Reviews

Zevon staged a strong comeback with this 1987 LP, backed by all four members of REM plus guests Neil Young, Bob Dylan and George Clinton! Includes three bonus cuts, one of 'em unissued!

Customer Reviews

It has to be one of the best albums that came out of that decade.
Paul Montag
You know you own a great piece of music when every cut jumps out at you and you enjoy every one.
Brian Case
The lyrics are always heartfelt and powerful without betraying the emotion at its core.
Wayne Klein

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael King on May 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The 24-bit, digitally remastered CD of Warren Zevon's "Sentimental Hygiene" sounds better than ever.

"Sentimental Hygiene" - The literal translation of the song title means nostalgic for practices, such as cleanliness, conducive to health. It's ironic, since Warren had recently gotten clean and sober enough at that time to write and record this album. I would imagine he was longing to get drunk or high again! Neil Young's blistering guitar solo highlights this classic Zevon song.

"Boom Boom Mancini" - It's a hard rocking tribute to a great boxer, who could take it as well as he could dish it out. It could also be an analogy for a particular singer-songwriter.

"The Factory" - It's a Springsteen style ode to the working man, featuring Bob Dylan on harmonica.

"Trouble Waiting To Happen" - The song title is an apt description of Warren's wild lifestyle. Much like Ozzy Osbourne, Warren seems to suffer from memory lapses. "The mailman brought me the Rolling Stone, it said I was living at home alone. I read things I didn't know I'd done. It sounded like a lot of fun. I guess I've been bad or something. Trouble waiting to happen."

"Reconsider Me" - This is a ballad in which Warren tries to persuade his former lover to take him back. Boasting a memorable melody, a moving vocal performance, heartfelt lyrics and tasteful production, it's one of Warren's best songs. It should have been a big hit.

"Detox Mansion" - This song takes a tongue in cheek approach to describing Warren's treatment for alcoholism. Nowadays, it's almost a requirement for a successful celebrity to go in for rehab.

"Bad Karma" - I don't believe in reincarnation, but Warren has me convinced that predestination is responsible for a lifetime of bad luck.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on August 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Warren Zevon's "Sentimental Hygene," recorded a decade after his late 1970s heyday as a popular songwriter, stands now in light of his recent terminal illness as the best of his original studio albums. The ten tracks are all pure Zevon and are all outstanding. The rocking title track kicks things off strongly preceeding the burning putdown of boxer "Boom Boom Mancini." Of the rest of side 1, "Trouble Waiting to Happen" is another excellent rocker while "Reconsider Me," is an actual tender ballad.
Things don't slack off in the second half. "Detox Mansion," "Bad Karma" and "Even a Dog Can Shake Hands," are the kind of quirky humorous rockers Zevon seems to write effortlessly. The
album then ends with the truly bizarre chant "Leave My Monkey Alone." On most of the songs Zevon is backed by the then-up and coming R.E.M., and as a result the music absolutely crackles.
Note: This reissued version of the CD is not really enhanced by its two extra tracks. The first is an instrumental that is nothing more than grating noise, while the second is a Spanish language version of "Leave My Monkey Alone." In other words, if you already own an older version of this CD, there's no compelling reason to replace it with this one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Five years of waiting to get an album out sharpened Warren Zevon. "The Envoy" was a very good album that wasn't given a good reception, and - even though he was already getting his life on track beforehand - this was the album that spotlighted Warren under full command of his powers. Backed mostly by the members of R.E.M. (along with a line-up diverse enough to include Bob Dylan and George Clinton), "Sentimental Hygiene" was simply one of Warren's best albums to date.
There was considerable muscle being flexed here. R.E.M. were not yet the megastars that they would be in another year, but they were probably the coolest band on the planet. Minus Michael Stipe (who does contribute a background vocal on "Bad Karma"), they were obviously having a grand time providing Warren with some rocking drive on the topical "Boom Boom Mancini" and Springsteen-ish "The Factory." The sardonic irony that is one of Warren's strongest points is also given joyous reign in "Even a Dog Can Shake Hands" and "Detox Mansion." Who else but Warren Zevon could take such a turning point in his life and twist it so gleefully?
Yet an adult sense of responsibility surfaces here. "Reconsider Me" is one of the best pleas for forgiveness ever set to tape, even getting some airplay when the album was released. It's the sound of a man who recognizes what his self screw-ups have done to those around him, and is delivered with a rare courage. It's the central heart of "Sentimental Hygiene." The album's other attempt at a "hit" (including a video) was "Leave My Monkey Alone," which was funked up by "Atomic Dog" walker George Clinton.
Worth its wait and its weight, this was one of the best of 1987.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I love this album and first got it on vinyl. Backed largely by Messrs. Buck, Mills and Berry from R.E.M., Zevon shows the black humor and sincere sentimentality that marked his earlier stuff.

A guitar solo on the title track sounded like Neil Young and Crazy Horse in full glory, and sure enough there's Neil in the credits. Boom Boom Mancini is a great sports bio; Reconsider Me and The Heartache a classic love ballad that ODs on true sincerity; I'm sure Detox Mansion was autobiographical and because it probably was is funnier than hell. Ditto Bad Karma and Even a Dog Can Shake Hands.

This truly is a 5 star album folks. I'm sorry I missed Warren last time he swung around here on tour. His more recent stuff is a bit less accessible but no less rewarding once you get into it.
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