Sentimental Hygiene [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After a rather well-publicized fall off the wagon following the release of The Envoy, Warren Zevon went five years without releasing an album, but his time in the woodshed seemed to have done him good, as Sentimental Hygiene was his strongest album since Warren Zevon in 1976. While a few members of the L.A. Mellow Mafia David Lindley, Waddy Wachtel, Don Henley made cameo appearances on the album, for most of the sessions Zevon worked with Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry of R.E.M., who were about a year away from their mainstream commercial breakthrough; they made for a solid, no-nonsense rhythm section and gave the music a passionate, forceful backbone that was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After a rather well-publicized fall off the wagon following the release of The Envoy, Warren Zevon went five years without releasing an album, but his time in the woodshed seemed to have done him good, as Sentimental Hygiene was his strongest album since Warren Zevon in 1976. While a few members of the L.A. Mellow Mafia David Lindley, Waddy Wachtel, Don Henley made cameo appearances on the album, for most of the sessions Zevon worked with Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry of R.E.M., who were about a year away from their mainstream commercial breakthrough; they made for a solid, no-nonsense rhythm section and gave the music a passionate, forceful backbone that was largely absent from The Envoy not to mention rocking harder than one might expect from the kings of jangle pop. Zevon put his newly muscular sound to good use; the songs on Sentimental Hygiene are Warren Zevon at his flintiest, as he indulges in his usual obsessions with machismo "Boom Boom Mancini" and bad love the title cut while also exploring the media's skewed perspective on his addiction problems "Detox Mansion," "Trouble Waiting to Happen", his disgust with the music business "Even a Dog Can Shake Hands", and errors in both personal and political judgment "Bad Karma," "Leave My Monkey Alone". And Zevon scored three inspired musical guest shots on the album -- Neil Young, whose jagged guitar runs embroider the title cut; Bob Dylan, whose howling harmonica is the ideal punctuation for the Springsteen-gone-psychotic "The Factory"; and George Clinton, who adds a bed of menacing funk to "Leave My Monkey Alone." Sentimental Hygiene proved that Warren Zevon was still an artist to be reckoned with, and that which didn't kill him had only made him stronger and more bitterly funny. [In 2003, Sentimental Hygiene was digitally remastered and reissued with two bonus tracks: a previously unreleased Spanish-language version of "Leave My Monkey Alone" and the brief avant-garde instrumental "Nocturne."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724358062120
  • Catalog Number: 80621
  • Sales rank: 26,123

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Warren Zevon Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Emulator
Bob Dylan Harmonica
Don Henley Harmony
David Lindley Lap Steel Guitar
Jennifer Warnes Harmony
Neil Young Guitar
Jorge Calderon Bass, Harmony
Mike Campbell Guitar
Brian Setzer Guitar
Peter Buck Guitar
Craig Krampf Drums
Tony Levin Bass
Stan Lynch Harmony
Mike Mills Bass
Michael Stipe Harmony
Waddy Wachtel Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Bill Berry Drums
Leland Sklar Bass
Amp Fiddler Keyboards
Jai Winding Keyboards
Blackbyrd McKnight Guitar
Technical Credits
Jorge Calderon Composer
Bryan Bell Programming
Niko Bolas Arranger, Producer
Peter Buck Composer
George Clinton Arranger
Larry Ferguson Arranger
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Andrew Slater Producer
J.D. Souther Composer
David Wild Liner Notes
Warren Zevon Composer, Producer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Art Direction
Margo Chase Art Direction
Paul Jamieson Drum Technician
David McEowen Remastering
William Alexander Programming
Joyce Ravid Inlay Photography
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