Loudon Wainwright III 40 Odd Years (4-CD + DVD)

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Format: CD  (5 Discs)
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  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2011
  • Label: Shout Factory

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.77
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his career retrospective is long on hilarious memoir..."
Spin - p.76
"A cracked balladeer of domestic strife and baby-boom angst, Wainwright has purveyed his sardonic, self-lacerating folk songs to a growing cult..."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.100
4 stars out of 5 -- "The career-spanning 87 songs here include brutal confessionals, insightful political commentary, unadorned emotional honesty and, yes, a healthy dose of absurdism and satire."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.School Days
  • 2.I Don't Care
  • 3.Uptown
  • 4.Be Careful There's a Baby in the House
  • 5.Saw Your Name in the Paper
  • 6.Dead Skunk
  • 7.New Paint
  • 8.Drinking Song
  • 9.The Swimming Song
  • 10.Dilated to Meet You
  • 11.Down Drinking at the Bar
  • 12.The Man Who Couldn't Cry
  • 13.Whatever Happened to Us? - (live)
  • 14.Crime of Passion - (live)
  • 15.Kick in the Head - (live)
  • 16.Summer's Almost Over
  • 17.Just Like President Thieu
  • 18.Golfin' Blues
  • 19.The Heckler
  • 20.Natural Disaster
  • 21.Red Guitar
  • 22.Hollywood Hopeful
  • 23.IDTTYWLM
  • 24.The Grammy Song

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Westchester County
  • 2.I'm Alright
  • 3.Screaming Issue
  • 4.Unhappy Anniversary
  • 5.Your Mother and I
  • 6.Synchronicity
  • 7.Hard Day on the Planet
  • 8.You Don't Want to Know
  • 9.Bill of Goods
  • 10.Thanksgiving
  • 11.Your Father's Car
  • 12.When I'm at Your House
  • 13.The Picture
  • 14.Men
  • 15.So Many Songs
  • 16.Tip That Waitress
  • 17.I'd Rather Be Lonely
  • 18.April Fool's Day Morn
  • 19.The Acid Song
  • 20.IWIWAL
  • 21.A Year
  • 22.Dreaming

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.So Damn Happy
  • 2.Primrose Hill
  • 3.Bein' a Dad
  • 4.Four Mirrors
  • 5.It's Love and I Hate It
  • 6.Christmas Morning
  • 7.Pretty Good Day
  • 8.White Winos
  • 9.Bed
  • 10.Surviving Twin
  • 11.Shit Song, The - (live)
  • 12.Between - (live)
  • 13.My Biggest Fan
  • 14.When You Leave
  • 15.Make Your Mother Mad
  • 16.Daughter
  • 17.Grey in L.A.
  • 18.Muse Blues
  • 19.Motel Blues
  • 20.The Deal
  • 21.Rowena
  • 22.High Wide & Handsome

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Weave Room Blues - (featuring Kate McGarrigle)
  • 2.McSorley's
  • 3.Black Uncle Remus [Demo]
  • 4.Funny Having Money
  • 5.Hardy Boys at the Y, The - (featuring The Boys of the Lough)
  • 6.Laid - (live)
  • 7.Outsidey - (live)
  • 8.That Cat
  • 9.Surfin' Queen [Demo]
  • 10.Newt
  • 11.4X10 - (live)
  • 12.Somethin' Stupid - (featuring Barry Humphries)
  • 13.Miles, The - (live)
  • 14.So Good So Far - (live)
  • 15.Big Fish
  • 16.No Sure Way
  • 17.Hey There 2nd Grader
  • 18.More I Cannot Wish You
  • 19.Florida (Lucky You)
  • 20.Hank and Fred - (live)
  • 21.Your Eyes [Demo]
  • 22.Dead Man
  • 23.At the End of a Long Lonely Day - (featuring Suzzy Roche)

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.One Man Guy [BBC4 Sessions]
  • 2.Heaven [BBC4 Sessions]
  • 3.When You Leave [BBC4 Sessions]
  • 4.Half Fist [BBC4 Sessions]
  • 5.Reciprocity [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 6.Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 7.Unrequited to the Nth Degree [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 8.Dump The Dog And Feed The Garbage [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 9.Glad To See You've Got Religion [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 10.Motel Blues [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 11.Rufus Is a Tit Man [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 12.Cardboard Boxes [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 13.Thanksgiving [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 14.Hitting You [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 15.Career Moves [Loudon Wainwright III at the BBC]
  • 16.End Has Begun [Entertainment Deck], The - (featuring Martha Wainwright)
  • 17.My Mother and My Sweetheart [Hide Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project]
  • 18.Needless to Say [The Basement] - (featuring Lucy Wainwright Roche)
  • 19.Lullaby [Austin City Limits]
  • 20.Living Alone [Austin City Limits]
  • 21.Homeless [Austin City Limits]
  • 22.Tonya's Twirls [Austin City Limits]
  • 23.OGM [Austin City Limits]
  • 24.Bicentennial [Saturday Night Live] - (featuring Christopher Guest)
  • 25.Unrequited to the Nth Degree [Saturday Night Live]
  • 26.New Pain [The Garfield House] - (featuring Greg Leisz / Joe Henry)
  • 27.Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder [The Garfield House] - (featuring Greg Leisz / Joe Henry)
  • 28.Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms [The Garfield House] - (featuring Christopher Guest)
  • 29.June Apple [The Garfield House] - (featuring Christopher Guest)
  • 30.Unhappy Anniversary [The Garfield House] - (featuring Christopher Guest)
  • 31.Kings and Queens [The Garfield House] - (featuring George Gerdes)
  • 32.Grey in L.A. [826LA Benefit]
  • 33.Daughter [826LA Benefit]
  • 34.Kick in the Head [PBS Soundstage]
  • 35.Passion Play [McCabe's Guitar Shop]
  • 36.Fear with Flying [The Mike Douglas Show]
  • 37.A Father and a Son [Nightline]
  • 38.IDTTYWLM [Carrott Confidential]
  • 39.[Bonus Materials]

Product Description:

Liner Note Authors: Judd Apatow; Loudon Wainwright III; David Wild.
Illustrators: Cathy Balme; Rick Meyerowitz.
Photographers: Milton Kramer; Thea Lander; David Gahr; Peter Cunningham; Peter Christ; Michael Wilson ; John Hooper; Hugh Brown ; Marshall Fallwell; Lee Friedlander; Danny Clinch; Phil Geiger.
Loudon Wainwright III has enjoyed a long, fruitiful career as a songwriter, performer, and actor. He's issued over 20 albums since his debut In 1970 (not including live or compilation records), and won a Grammy for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. As an actor, he appeared on three episodes in the third season of M*A*S*H, played a sminal role on the sitcom Undeclared, and appeared in no less than seven feature films. The music and the man are the twin subject of 40 Odd Years, a generous, beautifullty chronicled four-CD/ one-DVD box set by Shout Factory. Wainwright's fans with be delighted by the 92 tracks included on the CDs, divided into chronlogical categories -- 1969-1983; 1984-1995; 1996-2010 -- with a fourth disc of rare and unreleased material included that features live tracks, demos, a beautiful duet with late ex-wife Kate McGarrigle on "Weave Room Blues," a collaboration with Ireland's Boys of the Lough on "The Hardy Boys at the Y," and "At the End of a Lonely Day" with Suzzy Roche. There's also a new track cut for the box entitled "Dead Man." The compilation discs include virtually everything a Wainwright aficionado could wish for; it reflects the dizzying diversity of his songwriting in folk, blues, and pop traditions. The DVD offers the biggest surprise, however. Clocking in at over three hours, it features the Dutch television documentary One Man Guy, numerous BBC TV appearances, American television appearances on Austin City Limits and Saturday Night Live, as well as previously unreleased filmed concert appearances. Mainstream music fans can question why an artist who had only one Top 20 hit ("Dead Skunk" from Album III in 1972) would warrant such treatment. It's a moot point. Wainwright has notched a particular place in music history as an irreverent (to say the least), often politically incorrect satirist and agent provocateur who refuses to take himself too seriously; he's a gifted, topical songwriter who embodies American music's rich roots traditions, and has had a fanatical cult following during each of the last five decades; the last being one of his most active. 40 Odd Years also includes an authoritative historical liner essay by David Wild, and an introduction by box set co-producer, filmmaker Judd Apatow (who has collaboraterd with Wainwright on numerous occasions). This is the grail for fans, but it also belongs in every American community library, and as part of any "required listening" cirriculum. ~ Thom Jurek

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