History

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
The best album of Loudon Wainwright III's career, History features a mix of the humorous and the serious, the autobiographical and the observational, the rockin' and the balladic, all wrapped up in some classy arrangements. There is a mood of personal reflection hanging over the entire proceeding, inspired by the death of Wainwright's father, a noted American writer and editor. "People in Love" kicks the whole thing off with one of Wainwright's trademark observations on the perils of love. On "Men," the singer quietly discusses the whys and wherefores of male behavior, while "The Picture" is a musical reflection on a picture of Loudon and his sister taken 40 years earlier ...
See more details below
CD
$11.13
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$11.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $4.27   
  • New (3) from $9.77   
  • Used (1) from $4.27   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
The best album of Loudon Wainwright III's career, History features a mix of the humorous and the serious, the autobiographical and the observational, the rockin' and the balladic, all wrapped up in some classy arrangements. There is a mood of personal reflection hanging over the entire proceeding, inspired by the death of Wainwright's father, a noted American writer and editor. "People in Love" kicks the whole thing off with one of Wainwright's trademark observations on the perils of love. On "Men," the singer quietly discusses the whys and wherefores of male behavior, while "The Picture" is a musical reflection on a picture of Loudon and his sister taken 40 years earlier and reproduced inside the CD booklet. The album then continues with a clever classic of the satirical talking folk-blues genre, "Talking New Bob Dylan," in which Wainwright, once considered one of the many "new Dylans," salutes the original on his 50th birthday. The last three songs on the album form a powerful triumvirate, with "A Father and a Son" written by a man who is both, and "Sometimes I Forget," an extremely personal ballad about the loss of his own dad. The final track, "A Handful of Dust," was actually written by Loudon Wainwright, Jr. in 1952 and adapted by his son for this recording. For those familiar with Loudon Wainwright III only through his novelty hit "Dead Skunk," or who don't know his work at all, History will come as a revelation. For the small cult of Wainwright fans, its power and poignancy may also come as a wonderful surprise, for it's the album his previous work hinted might be within him. It is his masterpiece.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778641629
  • Catalog Number: 86416
  • Sales rank: 101,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 People in Love (2:57)
  2. 2 Men (3:35)
  3. 3 Picture (2:32)
  4. 4 When I'm at Your House (2:31)
  5. 5 The Doctor (4:00)
  6. 6 Hitting You (3:03)
  7. 7 I'd Rather Be Lonely (2:50)
  8. 8 Between (1:27)
  9. 9 Talking New Bob Dylan (3:34)
  10. 10 So Many Songs (3:52)
  11. 11 4 X 10 (3:07)
  12. 12 Father and a Son (3:21)
  13. 13 Sometimes I Forget (5:53)
  14. 14 Handful of Dust (3:24)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
The Roches Vocals
Syd Straw Vocals
Jeffrey Lesser Vocals
David Mansfield Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Violin, Electric Guitar
Anna McGarrigle Vocals
David Nichtern Acoustic Guitar
Paul Ossola Bass, Acoustic Bass
Chris Parker Percussion, Drums
Chaim Tannenbaum Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals
Stephen Tubin Organ, Accordion
Kate McGarrigle Vocals
Robin Gould Drums
Technical Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Composer, Producer
Jeffrey Lesser Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mike Dekle Composer
Mike Kappus Executive Producer
Catherine McRae Art Direction
Byron Hill Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously