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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.
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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: StorySound Records
  • ASIN: B007FDSKAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When he turned 65, Loudon Wainwright III was older than his father ever was, and it got him thinking, and writing, and singing. In 'Older Than My Old Man Now' he sizes up his own tangled life and family history (and mortality in general) with unflinching candor and humor. Truly a family affair, the project involved contributions from all four of his children - Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Lexie Kelly Wainwright as well as two of their three mothers, Suzzy Roche and Ritamarie Kelly. Also included are recitations of passages written by his father, the famous LIFE Magazine columnist Loudon Wainwright Jr., and a recording of 'Over The Hill', the only song he ever co-wrote with his first wife, the late great Kate McGarrigle.

'One voice singing a lot about death 'n' decay can be a bit wearing so I brought in other singers to help with the heavy lifting,' says Loudon. The guest duets feature Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dame Edna Everage, Chris Smither, and Chaim Tannenbaum. Producer Dick Connette, engineer Alex Venguer, and arranger Rob Moose are all back from the Grammy-winning CD set 'High Wide & Handsome'. The song treatments range from basic guitar & vocal to sophisticated string settings, and there's even some swinging funk provided by jazz guitar giant, John Scofield.

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You'd be mistaken to pass up the greatest album of Loudon Wainwright III's four-decade career, and an easy frontrunner for this year's best album, period. --American Songwriter

Never has death and decay been as uplifting and poignant. --Chicago Sun Times

'Older' is a hilarious and self-lacerating take on both the bonds and bondage of family, full of duets and subtexts that would take a family therapist years to untangle. What emerges is common familial strife rendered in uncommon ways. --The New York Times

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His reflections on life and death, mixed with his sharp wit, as as good as ever.
Jacob Lee
Great new album that sounds a lot like his old albums, which is a great thing.... He hasn't missed a beat!
StoneColdCrazy
What it all boils down to is this is a F'in amazing album.....perhaps Loudon's finest.
Don Newman

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Earl B on April 17, 2012
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Musings on life, death and family, from the son of Loudon Wainwright Jr. So, more of what we're accustomed to ... well, except for the fact that it's breathtaking, heart-breaking, and laugh-out-loud funny in lesser or greater measure, and ... there really must be something in the water ... maybe something close to a career peak for LWIII. From the gorgeous "In C" to the remake of "Over the Hill", co-written decades ago with the late Kate McGarrigle (and who but Loudon could include a line like "I've outlived my ex") and the hilarious "I Remember Sex" which bizarrely enough DOES bear repeated listening, there's something here to make you laugh and cry, sometimes in the same song. And Loudon is in fine voice throughout, never more so than on the passages penned by his father. I'll stop raving now. Track it down and listen.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Emil R. Bacilla on April 25, 2012
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Great album but the song NO TOMORROW, which is included in the mp3 version, is not in the CD and it is a perfect finish to the whole thing.

I listened to it a bunch of times on spotify and mog, with the extra song, before buying the CD, hoping there was a hidden track. No such luck. I finally just downloaded the mp3 cut to make it complete on my ipod.

The mp3's cheaper and has the extra song. The CD has the booklet with the lyrics and who's playing on the various cuts.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on April 24, 2012
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Diehard LW3 fans undoubtedly know what to expect and have been eagerly awaiting this CD. For the rest of us, he takes a little getting used to.

During the first few tracks I couldn't help but smile - even more so when I read in the generous liner notes that all 4 of his children and 2 of his former wives (sadly Kate McGarrigle is no longer with us) sang backup on the first song The Here and the Now, an easygoing autobiography in 3 minutes and 43 seconds. The next track, In C, sounds deceptively simple but ends up showing a lot of emotion. Then we get to the title track which begins with a straightforward and very effective recitation of a piece written by Loudon Wainwright Jr. who died in 1988. The ensuing song is a rather weird and bittersweet rant about LW3's reaction to living longer than his father did. By this point I was definitely sensing a pattern but went along with Track 4, Double Lifetime, in which Loudon and Ramblin' Jack Elliott gleefully surmise that they have finally figured out this thing called life and are ready to give it another go.

This album definitely took a lifetime to produce. The wives, the children, the evolving relationship with the deceased dad - certainly not music he could have produced 30 years ago, and often moving. However, the ruts are pretty well worn by the end. LW3 thinks he is old and fixin' to die. His friends and loved ones are dying off one by one. Having sex is a memory (the track I Remember Sex with Dame Edna is pure burlesque - OK if you're in the mood for that sort of thing, but if you're not it's fairly annoying). Likewise, My Meds, about all the drugs older people take and their various effects and side effects and contraindications.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 2, 2012
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I think this is one of Loudon Wainwright's very best albums - which for me is really saying something. I have been a fan since hearing him play "School Days" on the BBC over 40 years ago and rushing out to buy Album I. He has never made an out-and-out bad album, in my view, but not all have been great. This one is.

Wainwright is musing on past life, aging and death here with the insight, the excoriating self-examination and the wit which have marked his work from the very beginning. The music is still relatively simple, generally tuneful and always very listenable. The songs range from the genuinely hilarious My Meds and the funny but poignant I Remember Sex (a duet with Dame Edna Everidge) to the exceptionally moving Somebody Else. All are songs with genuine heart and real musical content, even when the music is used to light-hearted effect. His four children (Rufus and Martha included) appear at various points on the album and the overall effect is emotional and moving with quite a few laughs along the way.

I have had a long, long affection for Loudon Wainwright and this has only increased it, which I cannot say for all his work. I warmly recommend this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.W. Samuelson VINE VOICE on September 21, 2012
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Wainright has produced another collection of songs that are at times wistful, at times humorous, and sometimes even poignant. I like music that engages the listener to the extent that the lyrics must be listened to because they tell a story whether it is about aging, sex, or besting your father. The album's songs contain snippets of the many experiences we all go through as we age. Caution: Loudon's ribald humor and raunchy sexual details are not for the faint of heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerry R. Beverly on May 30, 2012
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Perhaps it is that I face a similar fragile reality of age, but, never mind that, I could never pay so giving of tribute to all the ones that he has loved and hurt. Poetry indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony Moreno on June 5, 2012
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Loudon Wainwright III is amazing. 65 years of age and this album contains so many great songs. As usual he touches on his life, his family and he has thrown in a lot about death and aging, as he ages. But it is all done with his usual sense of humor.

As he has gotten older he has also gotten more prolific, putting out a wealth of material in recent years and also always performing songs live that are not on any records.

Buy this CD and catch Loudon live if you get a chance.
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