40 Odd Years

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663121896
  • Catalog Number: 12189
  • Sales rank: 52,775


Disc 1
  1. 1 School Days (3:07)
  2. 2 I Don't Care (4:09)
  3. 3 Uptown (2:43)
  4. 4 Be Careful There's A Baby In The House (3:18)
  5. 5 Saw Your Name In The Paper (2:13)
  6. 6 Dead Skunk (3:07)
  7. 7 New Paint (3:02)
  8. 8 Drinking Song (2:55)
  9. 9 The Swimming Song (2:29)
  10. 10 Dilated To Meet You (2:05)
  11. 11 Down Drinking At the Bar (3:59)
  12. 12 The Man Who Couldn't Cry (6:16)
  13. 13 Whatever Happened To Us? (2:04)
  14. 14 Crime Of Passion (3:01)
  15. 15 Kick In The Head (2:51)
  16. 16 Summer's Almost Over (3:29)
  17. 17 Just Like President Thieu (4:09)
  18. 18 Golfin' Blues (2:53)
  19. 19 The Heckler (4:26)
  20. 20 Natural Disaster (2:15)
  21. 21 Red Guitar (1:57)
  22. 22 Hollywood Hopeful (1:27)
  23. 23 IDTTYWLM (4:07)
  24. 24 The Grammy Song (2:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Westchester County (2:55)
  2. 2 I'm Alright (2:22)
  3. 3 Screaming Issue (4:50)
  4. 4 Unhappy Anniversary (2:56)
  5. 5 Your Mother And I (2:33)
  6. 6 Synchronicity (3:10)
  7. 7 Hard Day On The Planet (4:23)
  8. 8 You Don't Want To Know (3:47)
  9. 9 Bill Of Goods (3:22)
  10. 10 Thanksgiving (5:41)
  11. 11 Your Father's Car (2:25)
  12. 12 When I'm At Your House (2:32)
  13. 13 The Picture (2:34)
  14. 14 Men (3:37)
  15. 15 So Many Songs (3:53)
  16. 16 Tip That Waitress (4:16)
  17. 17 I'd Rather Be Lonely (3:00)
  18. 18 April Fool's Day Morn (4:15)
  19. 19 The Acid Song (5:24)
  20. 20 IWIWAL (3:08)
  21. 21 A Year (3:57)
  22. 22 Dreaming (3:12)
Disc 3
  1. 1 So Damn Happy (2:27)
  2. 2 Primrose Hill (4:48)
  3. 3 Bein' A Dad (3:42)
  4. 4 Four Mirrors (2:56)
  5. 5 It's Love And I Hate It (2:14)
  6. 6 Christmas Morning (3:38)
  7. 7 Pretty Good Day (4:21)
  8. 8 White Winos (2:58)
  9. 9 Bed (2:53)
  10. 10 Surviving Twin (3:41)
  11. 11 The Shit Song (4:20)
  12. 12 Between (1:25)
  13. 13 My Biggest Fan (6:02)
  14. 14 When You Leave (5:23)
  15. 15 Make Your Mother Mad (4:07)
  16. 16 Daughter - The Section Quartet (3:34)
  17. 17 Grey In L.A. - The Section Quartet (3:16)
  18. 18 Muse Blues (3:36)
  19. 19 Motel Blues (3:21)
  20. 20 The Deal (4:11)
  21. 21 Rowena (2:34)
  22. 22 High Wide & Handsome (2:49)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Weave Room Blues - Kate McGarrigle (3:23)
  2. 2 McSorley's (3:48)
  3. 3 Black Uncle Remus (3:32)
  4. 4 Funny Having Money (0:45)
  5. 5 The Hardy Boys At The Y (3:35)
  6. 6 Laid (3:51)
  7. 7 Outsidey (3:17)
  8. 8 That Cat (2:37)
  9. 9 Surfin' Queen (4:01)
  10. 10 Newt (1:39)
  11. 11 4X10 (2:53)
  12. 12 Somethin' Stupid - Barry Humphries (2:10)
  13. 13 The Miles (3:50)
  14. 14 So Good So Far (6:08)
  15. 15 Big Fish (2:59)
  16. 16 No Sure Way (4:44)
  17. 17 Hey There 2nd Grader (2:49)
  18. 18 More I Cannot Wish You (2:30)
  19. 19 Florida (Lucky You) (3:35)
  20. 20 Hank And Fred (4:30)
  21. 21 Your Eyes (3:23)
  22. 22 Dead Man (4:23)
  23. 23 At The End Of A Long Lonely Day - Suzzy Roche (3:43)
Disc 5
  1. 1 One Man Guy
  2. 2 Heaven
  3. 3 When You Leave
  4. 4 Half Fist
  5. 5 Reciprocity
  6. 6 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
  7. 7 Unrequited To The Nth Degree
  8. 8 Dump The Dog And Feed The Garbage
  9. 9 Glad To See You've Got Religion
  10. 10 Motel Blues
  11. 11 Rufus Is A Tit Man
  12. 12 Cardboard Boxes
  13. 13 Thanksgiving
  14. 14 Hitting You
  15. 15 Career Moves
  16. 16 The End Has Begun - Martha Wainwright
  17. 17 My Mother and My Sweetheart [Hide Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Pr - Rufus Wainwright
  18. 18 Needless To Say - Lucy Wainwright Roche
  19. 19 Lullaby
  20. 20 Living Alone
  21. 21 Homeless
  22. 22 Tonya's Twirls
  23. 23 OGM
  24. 24 Bicentennial - Christopher Guest
  25. 25 Unrequited To The Nth Degree
  26. 26 New Pain - Greg Leisz
  27. 27 Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder - Greg Leisz
  28. 28 Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - Christopher Guest
  29. 29 June Apple - Christopher Guest
  30. 30 Unhappy Anniversary - Christopher Guest
  31. 31 Kings And Queens - George Gerdes
  32. 32 Grey In L.A.
  33. 33 Daughter
  34. 34 Kick In The Head
  35. 35 Passion Play
  36. 36 Fear With Flying
  37. 37 A Father And A Son
  38. 38 IDTTYWLM
  39. 39 [Bonus Materials]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Ukulele, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, 5-string Banjo, Musician
Doug Kershaw Fiddle
Martin Carthy Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
John Kirkpatrick Accordion, Vocals
Bill Keith Banjo, Steel Guitar
Geoff Muldaur Banjo
Paul Brady Vocals
Van Dyke Parks Piano, Accordion
The Roches Vocals
Syd Straw Vocals
Richard Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
David Amram French Horn
Michael Davis Trombone
Richard Davis Bass
Hank Jones Keyboards
John Patitucci Bass
David Sanborn Saxophone
John Scofield Electric Guitar
Marvin Stamm Horn
Tony Coe Clarinet
Henry Lowther Cornet
Maria Muldaur Vocals
Arlen Roth Guitar
Mac Gayden Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Richard Greene Musician
John Hall Guitar, Musician
Thomas Jefferson Kaye Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Maelen Conductor
Elliott Randall Guitar, Electric Guitar
Eric Weissberg Banjo, Dobro, Guitar
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums, Musician
Charlie Brown Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ron Cornelius Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Steve Addabbo Choir, Chorus
Arran Ahmun Percussion, Drums
Jeanie Arnold Vocals
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Chris Botti Trumpet
Martin Brinsford Percussion
Harvey Brooks Musician
Beckie Burns Vocals
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Robert Carlisle Trumpet
Myles Chase Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes
Richard Cheetham Trombone
Johnny Christopher Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jon Cobert Vocals
Joe Cocuzzo Drums
Tommy Cogbill Bass
Greg Cohen Bass, Piano
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Christine Collister Vocals
Gerry Conway Drums
Kenny Kosek Fiddle, Violin
Richard Crooks Percussion, Drums, Musician
John Crowder Bass
Richard Dodd Cello
Alan Dunn Piano, Accordion
Peter Ecklund Trumpet, Cornet, Human Whistle
Martin Fierro Musician
Peter Filleul Keyboards
Bill Frisell Guitar, Electric Guitar
Freebo Musician
Erik Friedlander Cello
Steve Gaboury Organ, Accordion
Tony Garnier Bass
Ron Getman Steel Guitar
Marty Grebb Musician
Don Hammond Recorder
Mark Hardwick Piano
Chris Karan Percussion
John Kaye Percussion
Peter Labarbera Background Vocals
Randy Landau Bass
Greg Leisz Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Stewart Lerman Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Wurlitzer
Jeffrey Lesser Percussion, Jew's Harp, Vocals
John Leventhal Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Drums, Harmonium, Keyboards, Choir, Chorus, Lap Steel Guitar
John Lissauer Clarinet
Bob Loveday Fiddle
Ian Maidman Bass
David Mansfield Dulcimer, Bass, Bouzouki, Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Pedal Steel Guitar, Violin, Electric Guitar, Viola, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
George Marge Recorder
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Horn
Dave Mattacks Drums
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Ruari McFarlane Bass
Anna McGarrigle Vocals
Brian McNeill Fiddle
Sammy Merendino Percussion, Drums
Charlie Messing Guitar, Vocals
Gwynne Michaels Vocals
Glen Mitchell Keyboards, Vocals
Jenni Muldaur Vocals
David Nichtern Acoustic Guitar
Paul Ossola Acoustic Bass
Larry Packer Violin
Sandra Park Violin, Leader
Chris Parker Percussion, Drums
Don Payne Electric Bass
Ken Pearson Organ, Piano
Shawn Pelton Drums
Ben Perowsky Drums
Lenny Pickett Clarinet, Saxophone
David Piltch Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Greg Prestopino Vocals
Paul Prestopino Vocals
Chris Pyne Trombone
Alan Reid Synthesizer
Luther Rix Percussion, Drums
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Organ, Piano
Suzzy Roche Vocals, Background Vocals
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Bob Rose 12-string Guitar
Jim Ryan Guitar
Steuart Smith Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Wurlitzer
Richard Sortomme Violin
Chaim Tannenbaum Banjo, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Linda Taylor Vocals
Christie Thompson Vocals
Stephen Tubin Organ, Accordion, Keyboards
Joanne Vent Vocals
Klaus Voormann Musician
Randy Wallace Musician
Patrick Warren Keyboards
Tom Watson Electric Bass
Teddy Wender Piano
Reggie Young Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jim Hynes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Terre Roche Vocals, Background Vocals
Jay Bellerose Drums
Olly Blanchflower Double Bass
Dorothy Lawson Cello
Dave Roche Background Vocals
Danny Thompson Bass, String Bass
Carol Webb Violin
Paul Woodiel Violin
Kate McGarrigle Banjo, Vocals, Background Vocals
Sailor Bob Schmidt Harmonica
Martha Wainwright Background Vocals
Rufus Wainwright Vocals, Background Vocals
Maggie Roche Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Thile Mandolin, Background Vocals
Sloan Wainwright Background Vocals
RIck DePofi Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Simon Limbrick Marimbas
Robin Gould Drums
Ric Sanders Octave Violin
Cathi Ogden Vocals
Dick Connette Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Cymbals, Bass Drums, Harmonium, Background Vocals, Spinet
Eric Gorfain Violin
Paul Asaro Piano
Stefan Schatz Drums
Daphne Chen Violin
Matt Munisteri Banjo, Guitar
Coco Love Alcorn Vocals
Chris Gestrin Wurlitzer
Tim Luntzel Bass
Dan "D Unit" Levine Trombone, Euphonium
Rayna Gellert Violin
Danielle Farina Viola
Rob Moose Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, national steel guitar, Guitar (Tenor)
Lauren Chipman Viola
Mary L. Rowell Violin, Viola
Wade Schuman Harmonica
C.J. Camerieri Trumpet, French Horn
Dana Lyn Violin
Marshall Coid Violin
David Taylor Trombone
Dom Cortese Accordion
Howard Evans Trumpet
John Miller Bass
Lucy Wainwright Roche Vocals
Mark Johnson Percussion
Sharon Yamanda Violin
Technical Credits
Marty Robbins Composer
Geoff Muldaur Arranger
Loudon Wainwright III Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes, Adaptation
Richard Thompson Producer
Brooks Arthur Engineer
John Wood Producer
Joe Henry Producer
Peter Blegvad Composer
George Gerdes Composer
Thomas Jefferson Kaye Arranger, Producer
Frank Loesser Composer
Greg Cohen Producer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Christopher Guest Synthesizer Arrangements
Mark Harmon Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Chris Karan Executive Producer
Stewart Lerman Producer
Jeffrey Lesser Producer
John Leventhal Producer
John Lissauer Producer
David Mansfield String Arrangements
Chaim Tannenbaum Producer, Executive Producer
Lee Townsend Producer
David Wild Liner Notes
Terre Roche Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Teddy Wainwright Executive Producer
Michael Wilson Cover Photo
Guy Juke Poster Design
Judd Apatow Liner Notes
Dick Connette Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Milt Kramer Producer
Matt Munisteri Arranger
C. Carson Parks Composer
Derek Dressler Producer
Jeff Palo Producer
Rob Moose Arranger
C.J. Camerieri Brass Arrangment
Karrie Stouffer Art Direction
Damon Scina Licensing
Dave McIntosh Music Business Affairs
Milton Kramer Producer
Dorsey Dixon Composer
John Burleigh Composer
Erica Forster Licensing
Cathy Balme Illustrations
Lisa Yadavaia Producer
John Boyd Producer
Rick Meyerowitz Illustrations
Andrew Robinson Art Direction
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