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Sentimental Hygiene [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Warren ZevonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,710 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!

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gonna Take A Sentimental Journey 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. I especially like the sitar playing on this song.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimentally - Zevon's best studio album 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Zevon and REM fans...and everyone else! 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Warren -- possibly his last really great album January 28, 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental Hygiene
Now this is a much better album from Zevon. This is a remastered CD with two bonus tracks at the end. I love every song on this
with the exception of the two bonus tracks. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Alanna
1.0 out of 5 stars Could music get any worse?
If you are a Excitable Boy Album fan, if you are like me, you will hate this wailing crap.

The music on most of his albums is good, but the lyrics blow big chunks. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert M
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music
I could not find this to download. I had it years ago and still think it is one of if not his best albums.
No big hit songs, but just excellent music.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Warren Zevon Deserved a Much Bigger Audience
Warren Zevon was great -- overlooked, underrated, brilliant, original, etc.
This album (yes I said "album" -- it came out on vinyl in 1987) has many excellent... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles A. Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Some of his best songs are on this one. His untimely death makes these stand out even more and it is a real pleasure to listen to great music before the record industry sold out... Read more
Published 10 months ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Warren left us way too soon. Great cd
Neil young on sentiment hygiene sounds great big fan of warren and waddy miss warren. Maybe waddy n Keith will get the winos back on the road !
Published 12 months ago by James P Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish There was More of the Awesome Warren!
Every time I listen to a Warren Zevon album I wish he was here to write more amazing songs with his particular slant on life poetically brilliantly floating/thumping/calling out... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sheila Callahan
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough to be satisfied
Not his strongest stuff I think, but enough for his stronger fans to enjoy. Some cuts stand the test of time; others seem weak (but that's a familiar lament for most rockers in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JCB
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn It Up and Let Her Rip
This is Warren Zevon at this best. Track 8, "Even a Dog Can Shake Hands," is especially good. It can be used to assess yourself in one particularly important manner. Read more
Published 17 months ago by orbitals
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant album.
"Sentimental Hygiene" #63 (1987).
Sober after years of booze and drugs, Warren comes back stronger than ever on this disc produced by Duncan Aldrich. Read more
Published on November 28, 2011 by ScottE
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