T Shirt/Final Exam

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Loudon Wainwright III recorded two albums for Arista Records in the mid- to late '70s, where he seemed like a curious fit at a label dominated by the likes of Barry Manilow and the Bay City Rollers; the two albums he cut for them quickly came and went and have long been out of print. Wainwright's fans will be glad to know that the British Acadia label has finally made 1976's T Shirt and 1978's Final Exam available on CD in this two-disc set, though in some respects the albums fall into the category of noble experiments rather than roaring creative successes. Wainwright is backed by the band Slowtrain on both albums, and T Shirt is a rousing but sometimes ungainly attempt to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Loudon Wainwright III recorded two albums for Arista Records in the mid- to late '70s, where he seemed like a curious fit at a label dominated by the likes of Barry Manilow and the Bay City Rollers; the two albums he cut for them quickly came and went and have long been out of print. Wainwright's fans will be glad to know that the British Acadia label has finally made 1976's T Shirt and 1978's Final Exam available on CD in this two-disc set, though in some respects the albums fall into the category of noble experiments rather than roaring creative successes. Wainwright is backed by the band Slowtrain on both albums, and T Shirt is a rousing but sometimes ungainly attempt to make a rock & roll album around Wainwright; he sounds like he's having fun on tunes like "California Prison Blues" and "Bicentennial," and he dives into the dirty-mined disco of "At Both Ends" with relish. But significantly, T Shirt is dominated by booze more than rock & roll, thanks to the moody "Prince Hal's Dirge" and the raucous two-part singalong "Wine with Dinner," and the more subtle numbers like "Hollywood Hopeful" and "Talking Big Apple '75" are where he fits most comfortably. Wainwright and Slowtrain sound considerably more accustomed to one another on Final Exam, and the tale of two weeks in Alcoholics Anonymous, "Heaven and Mud," suggests that they were also trying to taper off on their boozing, though not with tremendous enthusiasm. Wainwright and his pals make with the rock on the title cut, "Natural Disaster" and the wicked closer "Watch Me Rock, I'm Over Thirty," but the real high points are once again the simpler numbers, especially "Mr. Guilty" and "The Heckler." Neither album is helped much by Acadia's remastering, which sometimes sounds harsh and distorted, though Wainwright's hilarious liner notes add value to a package that, despite its flaws, will certainly be welcomed by completists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Acadia Records
  • UPC: 805772814325
  • Catalog Number: 8143

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Bells, 5-string Banjo
Peter Stampfel Ensemble
Richard Davis Bass
Hank Jones Piano
David Sanborn Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Cornet
Arlen Roth Guitar
John Hall Electric Guitar
Jimmy Maelen Conga
Elliott Randall Electric Guitar
Eric Weissberg Banjo
Jeanie Arnold Vocals
Errol Crusher Bennett Percussion
Jon Cobert Tack Piano
Joe Cocuzzo Drums
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
Richard Crooks Percussion, Drums, Spoons
John Crowder Bass, Vocals
Erin Dickins Vocals
Harvey Estrin Tenor Recorder, Alto Recorder
Ron Getman Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Don Hammond Soprano Recorder, Alto Recorder
Jimmy Iovine Ensemble
Peter Labarbera Vibes
John Lissauer Clarinet, Tambourine
George Marge Tenor Recorder
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz Trumpet, Cornet
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Messing Ensemble
Gwynne Michaels Vocals
Glen Mitchell Organ, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Larry Packer Fiddle
Paul Presti Ensemble
Paul Prestopino Tenor Banjo
Christie Thompson Vocals
Stephen Tubin Organ, Piano, Keyboards, ARP
Joanne Vent Vocals
Terre Roche Vocals
Maggie Roche Vocals
Dave Taylor Bass Trombone
Betty Berken Ensemble
Drummer Diane Fertig Ensemble
Nicholas Kirby Pines Ensemble
Marybeth Sobecki Ensemble
Stett The Jet Ensemble
Technical Credits
Loudon Wainwright III Arranger, Composer, Producer, Adaptation
George Gerdes Composer
Harvey Hoffman Engineer
John Lissauer Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Recorder Arrangement
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tony Stevens Mastering
Tom Rabstenek Mastering
Ray Barber Calligraphy
Bob Heimall Art Direction
Milt Kramer Executive Producer
Katrinka Blickle Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Slow Train Arranger
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