Loudon Wainwright III
40 Odd Years

Released: May 3, 2011 • Available in US & Canada
Product SKU: 826663121896
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40 Odd Years into an exceptionally prolific and storied career, Loudon Wainwright III is being celebrated with an aptly named career-spanning 4-CD/1-DVD box set, including a 40-page book, with an essay by renowned journalist/author David Wild and an introduction by filmmaker and box set co-producer Judd Apatow.

40 Odd Years features songs from throughout Wainwright's career, including works of brilliance such as "The Man Who Couldn't Cry" from 1973's Attempted Mustache, which Johnny Cash would record with producer Rick Rubin decades later, to the genuinely odd "Dead Skunk," which became a #16 pop hit and thus a true novelty in the Wainwright canon, to highlights from his most recent projects, including cuts from the Grammy-winning album High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. The 3+ hour DVD includes an extremely rare documentary made for Dutch television entitled One Man Guy, TV appearances on the BBC, Saturday Night Live, and Austin City Limits, as well as several unreleased concert performances.

Famed comedy powerhouse Judd Apatow, who co-produced the set with Wainwright, and who credits the artist as a great influence on his own career, writes in his introduction "I wanted to do what he has always done: to be brutally honest, emotional, hilarious and sweet all at the same time. Whenever I wonder what my tone might be, if I am confused, I just listen to a Loudon Wainwright song."

Regardless of prevailing trends or commercial pressures, Wainwright has always continued to follow his beautiful, often heartbreaking muse, no matter what the consequences. This is why his music endures, 23 albums and 40 odd years later, and why Loudon remains a true American treasure to this day.

It's all enough to make you hope for another 40 Odd Years.

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Track Track Name
1 Westchester County
1 So Damn Happy
1 Weave Room Blues (with Kate McGarrigle)
1 School Days
2 I Don't Care
2 I'm Alright
2 Primrose Hill
2 McSorley's
3 Screaming Issue
3 Bein' A Dad
3 Black Uncle Remus (demo with band)
3 Uptown
4 Be Careful There's A Baby In The House
4 Unhappy Anniversary
4 Four Mirrors
4 Funny Having Money
5 Your Mother And I
5 It's Love And I Hate It
5 The Hardy Boys At The Y (with The Boys Of The Lough)
5 Saw Your Name In The Paper
6 Synchronicity
6 Christmas Morning
6 Laid
6 Dead Skunk
7 Hard Day On The Planet
7 Pretty Good Day
7 Outsidey
7 New Paint
8 You Don't Want To Know
8 White Winos
8 That Cat
8 Drinking Song
9 Bill Of Goods
9 Bed
9 Surfin' Queen (Jeff Layton demo)
9 Swimming Song
10 Thanksgiving
10 Surviving Twin
10 Newt
10 Dilated To Meet You
11 Your Father's Car
11 The Shit Song
11 4X10 (Live at The Mystic Theater, Petaluma,CA)
11 Down Drinking At The Bar
12 The Man Who Couldn't Cry
12 When I'm At Your House
12 Between
12 Somethin' Stupid (with Barry Humphries)
13 Whatever Happened To Us?
13 The Picture
13 My Biggest Fan
13 The Miles
14 Crime Of Passion
14 Men
14 When You Leave
14 So Good So Far (live from The Bottom Line)
15 Kick In The Head
15 So Many Songs
15 Make Your Mother Mad
15 Big Fish
16 Summer's Almost Over
16 Tip That Waitress
16 Daughter
16 No Sure Way
17 Just Like President Thieu
17 I'd Rather Be Lonely
17 Grey In LA
17 Hey There 2nd Grader
18 Golfin' Blues
18 April Fool's Day Morn
18 Muse Blues
18 More I Cannot Wish You
19 The Heckler
19 The Acid Song
19 Motel Blues
19 Florida (Lucky You)
20 Natural Disaster
20 The Deal
20 Hank & Fred (live at KGSR, Austin, TX, December 5, 2003)
21 Red Guitar
21 A Year
21 Rowena
21 Your Eyes
22 Hollywood Hopeful
22 Dreaming
22 High Wide & Handsome
22 Dead Man
23 At The End Of A Long Lonely Day (with Suzzy Roche)
24 The Grammy Song
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