12 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Loudon Wainwright's third album marked a major change in production approach, which is to say that there was one; Wainwright's first two releases were solo acoustic affairs. But with famed producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye on board, Album III featured full-band backing from some of the best session players around (David Sanborn, Hugh McCracken, etc.), and consequently, a move toward folk rock. Perhaps not coincidentally, the album earned Wainwright his first and only Top 40 single, "Dead Skunk," a country-flavored tune about grievously aromatic roadkill that became a novelty hit. While humor has always been a key element in Wainwright's artistic arsenal, he usually takes a more ironic approach, as on "Red Guitar," where he mocks the rock-star guitar-smashing tradition, or "Muse Blues," a sarcasm-soaked take on the search for inspiration. But as the affecting, irony-free ballad "Needless to Say" makes clear, Wainwright's also entirely capable of playing it straight any time it suits his fancy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Loudon Wainwright's third album marked a major change in production approach, which is to say that there was one; Wainwright's first two releases were solo acoustic affairs. But with famed producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye on board, Album III featured full-band backing from some of the best session players around (David Sanborn, Hugh McCracken, etc.), and consequently, a move toward folk rock. Perhaps not coincidentally, the album earned Wainwright his first and only Top 40 single, "Dead Skunk," a country-flavored tune about grievously aromatic roadkill that became a novelty hit. While humor has always been a key element in Wainwright's artistic arsenal, he usually takes a more ironic approach, as on "Red Guitar," where he mocks the rock-star guitar-smashing tradition, or "Muse Blues," a sarcasm-soaked take on the search for inspiration. But as the affecting, irony-free ballad "Needless to Say" makes clear, Wainwright's also entirely capable of playing it straight any time it suits his fancy.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

JimmyKZ ,

Great, Funny CD.

Loudon Wainwright is not only a great artist, but he is also extremely funny. All of his songs are great and they are hysterical. His accidental hit "Dead Skunk" is on here along with other greats. If you are just looking to buy a song or 2, I recommend "B Side", "Dead Skunk", "Drinking Song" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe." Mr. Wainwright didn't write "Smokey Joe's cafe but it is still great. All of the songs on this album are great though. those are just my personal favorites.

Ronnieoc714 ,

5 stars

My Dad had this album in 1972 when I was 8 years old. This record grew on me then and has stuck with me since then. "Say that you love me" GREAT song!! "Red Guitar" Great song!! "Drinking Song" Great song!! Every song is good in its own way. This is coming from a guy who listens to Punk Rock & Rock -n- Roll. Worth every dollar.

bob bobblaw ,

to Jimmykz

I believe it was Dr Freud who said there is no such thing as an "accident" . . . . .

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