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40 Odd Years

5 CD, Box Set

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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 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.

Track Listings

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
  6. Dead Skunk
  7. New Paint
  8. Drinking Song
  9. The Swimming Song
  10. Dilated to Meet You
  11. Down Drinking at the Bar
  12. The Man Who Couldn't Cry
  13. Whatever Happened to Us? [Live]
  14. Crime of Passion [Live]
  15. Kick in the Head [Live]
  16. Summer's Almost Over
  17. Just Like President Thieu
  18. Golfin' Blues
  19. The Heckler
  20. Natural Disaster
  21. Red Guitar
  22. Hollywood Hopeful
  23. IDTTYWLM
  24. The Grammy Song

Disc: 2

  1. Westchester County
  2. I'm Alright
  3. Screaming Issue
  4. Unhappy Anniversary
  5. Your Mother and I
  6. Synchronicity
  7. Hard Day on the Planet
  8. You Don't Want to Know
  9. Bill of Goods
  10. Thanksgiving
  11. Your Father's Car
  12. When I'm at Your House
  13. The Picture
  14. Men
  15. So Many Songs
  16. Tip That Waitress
  17. I'd Rather Be Lonely
  18. April Fool's Day Morn
  19. The Acid Song
  20. IWIWAL
  21. A Year
  22. Dreaming

Disc: 3

  1. So Damn Happy
  2. Primrose Hill
  3. Bein' a Dad
  4. Four Mirrors
  5. It's Love and I Hate It
  6. Christmas Morning
  7. Pretty Good Day
  8. White Winos
  9. Bed
  10. Surviving Twin
  11. The Shit Song [Live]
  12. Between [Live]
  13. My Biggest Fan
  14. When You Leave
  15. Make Your Mother Mad
  16. Daughter
  17. Grey in L.A.
  18. Muse Blues
  19. Motel Blues
  20. The Deal
  21. Rowena
  22. High Wide & Handsome

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
  6. Laid [Live]
  7. Outsidey [Live]
  8. That Cat
  9. Surfin' Queen [Demo] [Demo Version]
  10. Newt
  11. 4X10 [Live]
  12. Somethin' Stupid
  13. The Miles [Live]
  14. So Good So Far [Live]
  15. Big Fish
  16. No Sure Way
  17. Hey There 2nd Grader
  18. More I Cannot Wish You
  19. Florida (Lucky You)
  20. Hank and Fred [Live]
  21. Your Eyes [Demo] [Demo Version]
  22. Dead Man
  23. At the End of a Long Lonely Day


Product details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,729 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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