Personnel: Loudon Wainwright III (vocals); Calvin Hardy, Greg Thomas, Frank Kleiger, Ron Colbertson, Randy Wallace, Jon Hall, Mary Grebb, Dave Sanborn, Chris Guest, Harvey Brooks, Richard Crooks, George Gerdes, Klaus Voorman, Jim Keltner, Lyle Ritz, Jay Migliori, Richard Greene, Austin DeLone, Freebo, Richard Greene, Martin Fiero, Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle.
Producers: Loudon Wainwright III, Mark Harmon, Milt Kramer.
Reissue producer: Bruce Dickinson.
Originally released on Columbia (33369). Includes liner notes by Loudon Wainwright III.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Legacy's Common Chord series.
"Well I heard that she told you she'd been shackin' up with your best friend/And the kick in the head is she said she wants to again," stands as one of the more arresting openings of a song. That's Loudon all over, taking the stuff of real life situations, never flinching, and laying it out for all to see. No mere journalist, Loudon Wainwright is blessed with his own brand of sentimentality tempered by an off-the-wall, even unruly sense of humor.
The power of Wainwright's lyrics can be gauged by the listener's urge to laugh or cry; though sometimes it's difficult to tell which is intended. In the studio (UNREQUITED's first half) the singer is given solid backup by Jon Hall (of Orleans), David Sanborn, Jim Keltner and Kate McGarrigle (of the McGarrigles), with whom his marriage was "On The Rocks." On stage at the Bottom Line in New York City in 1974 playing solo, he is supported by an adoring, all-ears, in-crowd.