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40 Odd Years (4 CD/1 DVD) [Box set]

Loudon Wainwright IIIAudio CD
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Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)--or HGTB(Y), for short—is the 26th album in the long and illustrious career of Loudon Wainwright III.
It follows his acclaimed Older Than My Old Man Now album from 2012—“my death n’ decay opus,” as Wainwright calls it.
In HGTB(Y) he broadens his scope with a 14-song, genre-bounding set (“eclectricity,” he calls ... Read more in Amazon's Loudon Wainwright III Store

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  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Shout Factory!
  • ASIN: B004OAPF5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. School Days
2. I Don't Care
3. Uptown
4. Be Careful There's a Baby in the House
5. Saw Your Name in the Paper
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Westchester County
2. I'm Alright
3. Screaming Issue
4. Unhappy Anniversary
5. Your Mother and I
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. So Damn Happy
2. Primrose Hill
3. Bein' a Dad
4. Four Mirrors
5. It's Love and I Hate It
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Weave Room Blues
2. McSorley's
3. Black Uncle Remus [Demo] [Demo Version]
4. Funny Having Money
5. The Hardy Boys at the Y
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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 weird "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-plus DVD includes an extremely rare documentary made for Dutch television entitled One Man Guy, numerous TV appearances (for the BBC, Saturday Night Live, Austin City Limits and others), as well as previously unreleased concert performances.

The New York-born Grammy-winning songwriter has traveled a remarkable path. Discovered by Atlantic s Nesuhi Ertegun and John Hammond, Sr., the Columbia A&R man who had already signed Bob Dylan and would soon sign Bruce Springsteen, Wainwright established his literary yet utterly unpretentious take on the grand folk music tradition right from the start. He also has a parallel career as an actor, which credits include M*A*S*H, Undeclared, Jacknife, 28 Days, Big Fish, The Aviator, Elizabethtown, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly made set. Well worth it! May 3, 2011
Format:Audio CD
It ain't easy to make people laugh about their troubles, and this guy's been doing it for 40 years. I've been a fan of Loudon Wainwright III since I saw him on Saturday Night Live in 1975 (the videos of those performances are included on the excellent DVD in this set, by the way). I was 13 and right away, when he sang about the United States Bicentennial madness of the day with humor and insight, I loved this guy. In between verses, his tongue stuck out, his body writhed and stomped, and his face changed every second, acting out the emotions in the lyrics with outrageous abandon. This was a guy who gave it his all, but who still managed to laugh at himself.

I got this handsome box set yesterday and just wanted to say that it's well worth it. If you're a Loudon Wainwright III fan on the fence about whether to spring some of your hard-earned dough for it, let me say that I, for one, am quite happy I took the plunge. This is a well-crafted box set. I wish they all were done this well! It's obviously a work of love. Probably just getting the release rights from all those various labels Loudon has made records for was a monumental task in itself. Thank you, SHOUT! In one month, you released the amazing Ernie Kovacs DVD set, and now this gem. Wow!

Inside, you'll find 4 CD jewel cases and a book. The first 3 CDs offer a huge selection of songs from the start of L III's career to now, culled from almost 30 different records. I'm not sure if they were remastered, or just digitally cleaned up, but these tracks sound really terrific. I hadn't expected that, and was pleasantly surprised. Each CD is about 80 minutes long, and has unique artwork that relates to that period in Wainwright's career. It's a great selection and perfectly sequenced.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LWIII Career Retrospective: A review from England May 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I cannot think of anything - except perhaps Man City's next trophy and the second coming of the Messiah - that has been longer awaited than a Loudon Wainwright career retrospective. But finally this new sumptuous box set arrives, co-produced by Hollywood director Judd Apatow ('Knocked Up' etc) and with all the tracks selected by Loudon himself. It's a major document - four CDs, 3-hour DVD and booklet - and so please forgive the length of this review. LWIII fans will hopefully find some information of value here. Non-devotees will probably have already clicked off.

The DVD -
First the bad news: The DVD contributes significantly to the high launch price (44.99 on Amazon, up to 61.09 in-store if you can find one which stocks it - HMV Manchester, the UK's largest retail music store outside London, only took one copy into stock upon release). But unfortunately many of Loudon's UK fans are discovering the DVD is unplayable. Just whom exactly is responsible is unclear but the advertising/packaging is totally inadequate. A large coloured sticker on the box says "...Also includes a DVD of unreleased TV and Video Appearances" but way down at the bottom a much smaller (10x30mm) inconspicuous white sticker says "DVD Format, MTSC Region 1" - the meaning of which will be lost on most UK consumers. It all smells of a rip-off but I would be willing to bet my last cent that Loudon himself knew nothing about this PR disaster when he landed in Glasgow last weekend (6-May) to commence his 15-gig UK tour. If this had been an import - and labelled as such - then consumers would rightly be wary about the DVD format. But for a UK release to be unsuitable for UK DVD players?! Something has gone seriously wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Loudon Wainwright III has performed for so long, written so many idiosyncratic songs reflecting their eras, and produced music of such penetrating and endearing quality that no single box set could adequately summarize his work. In the process of assembling this compilation, he had hundreds of songs to select from -- silly and sad, sweet and sarcastic -- so he was forced to omit many great tunes. As he puts it in the apology that serves as a coda to the booklet in the box, "after three or four culls it began to feel like I was engaged in a kind of self-mutilation or the drowning of kittens. I even left off a few of my own faves."

Since many fans have numerous individual albums, it makes a lot of sense to use only three of the five discs in the collection for reissuing Loudon's music. Over 68 tracks and nearly four hours, we get to appreciate the enormous variety and intelligence he brings to songwriting and to recall (or, if we are newcomers, be amazed by) what he considers his best known and most vital songs. This leaves a full CD for rare, live, and unreleased tracks and a lengthy DVD containing two hour-long TV documentaries as well as over two dozen songs in concert from 1975 all the way up to 2010. These two discs will, for longtime followers, be the strongest reasons for acquiring the set.

But the booklet is excellent, too, including as it does dozens of rare photos and ephemera from Loudon's personal trove of souvenirs, an introduction by director and co-producer Judd Apatow (who has cast him in his films, as have Robert Altman, Tim Burton, and Martin Scorsese), a retrospective essay by journalist David Wild, an autobiographical essay and song annotations by the man himself, and a full album discography and sessionography.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Boxed Set
I loved the CDs and the book was fantastic too. The DVD was a surprise because I din't think it would play on my DVD player in Australia. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joy Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Loudon? Hard to Say!
Loudon Wainwright has been writing and recording for more than 40 years, and this collection definitely contains numerous great songs. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Zita Medea
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase
The purchase was a great one for me. I am a big, big fan of LW111. There are some songs I have not heard before.
Published 21 months ago by Joseph W
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 Odd Years
I first met Loudon when He was on "M.A.S.H." as Captain Spaulding. What a wonderful story of His life through forty years! Full of old songs I remember & new songs of real life. Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by Jay Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN SONG FORM !!!
Thanks, Loudon, for selecting these tunes for us. I don't have room for all the regular releases. This encapsulates them down to a managable 4 discs. Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Joseph A. Kengor
5.0 out of 5 stars not only for your ears
This collection with very old and pretty new audio material is not only wonderful to listen to, it's got a couple of vids, mainly of the last few years, that show some more... Read more
Published on May 14, 2012 by Yedaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday Loudon
Great 5 CD/DVD package of the work of an American original who just turned 65 this month. Early stuff, rarities
and great live material. The TV clips are especially cool. Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by Kevin Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Box Set!
I had been waiting for this for a long time. It is a great reflective on his 40-Odd Years! Highly recommend.
Published on June 15, 2011 by Catmom3
4.0 out of 5 stars Good career overview
If you are looking for a comprehensive overview of what Loudon Wainwright III has done during his long and varied career, buy this box. Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by Alex K
5.0 out of 5 stars How could you NOT love this?
If you're a fan of Loudon I don't know how you could possibly not love this set. The songs sound great and the DVD is fantastic. Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by Matty P.L.
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Ony if the DVD is released on VHS tape.
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