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Unrequited
     

Unrequited

by Loudon Wainwright III
 

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The first half of Unrequited is made up of studio recordings with various accompaniments, while side two was recorded live at the Bottom Line in New York City. This duality effectively showcases the strengths and weaknesses of Loudon Wainwright III's music, for he has always been much more potent when less orchestration is added to

Overview

The first half of Unrequited is made up of studio recordings with various accompaniments, while side two was recorded live at the Bottom Line in New York City. This duality effectively showcases the strengths and weaknesses of Loudon Wainwright III's music, for he has always been much more potent when less orchestration is added to his simple folk songs. The album kicks off with a heavily rocked-up "Sweet Nothings," perhaps the least interesting track on the disc. It is followed by "The Lowly Tourist," which moves to a reggae beat with a sound that borrows blatantly from Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion." The album picks up after this, as the instrumentation becomes less obtrusive and the lyrics come more to the forefront. "Crime of Passion" features an understated arrangement with a nice touch from Richard Greene's violin. Side two presents Wainwright in his natural element, alone with a guitar on the stage of a small Greenwich Village club. Here, one can hear the lyrical craftsman at work, taking the audience along on an entertaining ride. "On the Rocks" begins, "You say you got domestic problems, well you should get a load of mine." "Mr. Guilty" is a classic Wainwright performance piece, with the title character feeling anything but. The album wraps up with "Rufus Is a Tit Man," about Loudon's boy Rufus being fed by his mom: "You can tell by the way the boy burps that it's gotta taste fine."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972509228
catalogNumber:
725092
Rank:
55918

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Richard Greene   Violin
John Hall   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Richard Crooks   Drums
Martin Fierro   Saxophone
Marty Grebb   Keyboards
Anna McGarrigle   Vocals
Kate & Anna McGarrigle   Vocals
Jay Migliori   Wind
Don Payne   Bass
Klaus Voormann   Bass
Greg Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Producer,Liner Notes
Bruce Dickinson   Reissue Producer
David Sanborn   Contributor
Lyle Ritz   Contributor
George Gerdes   Contributor
Jim Keltner   Contributor
Richard Green   Contributor
Harvey Brooks   Contributor
Ron Colbertson   Contributor
Martin Fierro   Contributor
Freebo   Contributor
Marty Grebb   Contributor
Christopher Guest   Contributor
Mark Harmon   Arranger,Producer
Frank Kleiger   Contributor
Anna McGarrigle   Contributor
Jay Migliori   Contributor
Klaus Voormann   Contributor
Randy Wallace   Contributor
Austin DeLone   Contributor
Adam Taylor   Engineer
Mark Harman   Engineer
Kate McGarrigle   Contributor
John Berg   Cover Design
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Jon Hall   Contributor
Gillian Wong   Art Direction
Milt Kramer   Producer
Mike Cimicata   Packaging Manager
Greg Thomas   Contributor
Calvin Hardy   Contributor

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