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  • Audio CD (17 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B002GYS33E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. High Wide & HandsomeLoudon Wainwright III 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Took My Gal Out Walkin' (Feat. Martha Wainwright)Loudon Wainwright III 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'm The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The WorldLoudon Wainwright III 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. My Mother & My SweetheartLoudon Wainwright III 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bill Mason's Bride (Feat. Chris Thile)Loudon Wainwright III 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Goodbye BoozeLoudon Wainwright III 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Old BallyhooLoudon Wainwright III 1:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Little WaterlooLoudon Wainwright III 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I'm Glad I'm Married (Feat. Dick Connette)Loudon Wainwright III 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mother's Last Farewell KissLoudon Wainwright III 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Acres Of DiamondsLoudon Wainwright III 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Way Up In NYCLoudon Wainwright III 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. If I LoseLoudon Wainwright III 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Great Reaping DayLoudon Wainwright III 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Where The Whippoorwill Is Whispering GoodnightLoudon Wainwright III 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Man In The MoonLoudon Wainwright III 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Deal (Feat. Chris Thile)Loudon Wainwright III 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. No KneesLoudon Wainwright III 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Moving DayLoudon Wainwright III 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Old And Only In The Way (Feat. Rufus & Martha Wainwright)Loudon Wainwright III 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ragtime Annie (Feat. Chris Thile)Loudon Wainwright III 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sweet Sunny SouthLoudon Wainwright III 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Letter That Never CameLoudon Wainwright III 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Awful Hungry Hash HouseLoudon Wainwright III 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. RowenaLoudon Wainwright III 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Didn't He RambleLoudon Wainwright III 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ramblin' Blues (Feat. Sloan Wainwright)Loudon Wainwright III 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Charlie's Last SongLoudon Wainwright III 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Beautiful (Feat. Lucy Wainwright Roche)Loudon Wainwright III (Lucy Wainwright Roche) 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. High Wide & Handsome (Reprise)Loudon Wainwright III 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Banjo player and singer Charlie Poole was one of Loudon's first models when he began singing and playing over 40 years ago. Now, together with producer/songwriter Dick Connette, he has put together a double album dedicated to the music and life of his early inspiration.

Most of the songs recast the original recordings from the 20s and 30s, but Wainwright and Connette have also written 9 new songs around and about Poole's life and times. The album features over 20 singers and musicians, including Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Sloan Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, David Roche, the Roches (Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy), anda special guest appearance by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile.

From string quartet to swing trio, from old timey string band to acappella gospel, what they've’ve found in the Poole repertoire, besides the expected nascent country and bluegrass, has been astounding in its range - sentimental songs, vaudeville songs, minstrel songs, early jazz songs, British ballad variants, dixie melodies, comedy routines - it’s like a condensed compendium of all the strains that have created and continue to create American popular music.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Devlin on 19 Aug. 2009
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I gotta admit to a little trepidation when I ordered this - just how would I feel about one of my favourite artists paying homage to a banjo player whom I had never heard of?

Well, one spin of two packed disks on the CD player and I'm absolutely enthralled. Loudon, the assembled masses of the Wainwright / McGarrigle / Roche dynasty and Dick Cornette have pulled together an exquisite mixture of songs that Charlie Poole played in his short career and some new songs written about Poole or from his point of view. There's able assistance from others also such as David Mansfield and Chaim Tannenbaum who will be well known to Wainwright fans.

There's a real sense of respect for Charlie Poole and his music on these recordings. The old songs are wonderful - and sound fresh today almost 80 years after Poole's passing. There's a clear insight into a strong influence that Poole's kinda music had on Loudon's own career. And for an Irishman, there's a clear insight into the links between the folk music of the US and the traditional music that he Irish emigrants brought with them to new lands.

It's almost impossible to pick highlights - Old and Only in the Way could have been written by someone from this generation; it's followed by an amazing traditional instrumental Ragtime Annie. And High Wide and Handsome is a new Loudon song that I reckon hits the spot for him and for Charlie Poole's ghost.

A final word about the whole package - the 2 CDs are accompanied by a fascinating booklet on the project, Poole himself and the songs. All in all, this is a piece of work that everybody that was involved in can be proud of.

The Jimmies
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Waugh on 21 Aug. 2009
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This is one of those recordings that set themselves above most. Loudon Wainwright has given us a fabulous collections of songs based on the work of Charlie Poole. The songs and the musicianship are sublime and full of life, humour and reflection. Someone, somewhere must give this recording the recognition as one of the finest recording of this year
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Quarry on 9 Sept. 2009
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Wainwright and producer Dick Connette have made something pretty special here. Musically, it's a little encyclopedia of early 20th century American popular music, from blues to bluegras to ragtime, with sentimental odes to grey haired mothers alongside gritty tales of boozing and rambling. The package is as beautifully produced as the music, with a booklet containing a biography of Poole, pieces by Wainwright and Griel Marcus, photographs and old promotion material as well as notes on the songs and full lyrics. It's one time when you need the real cd, not the digital version. I haven't enjoyed a cd so much all year. A labour of love, and it shows.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PS Rapaport on 28 Sept. 2009
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I confess that as a LWIII devotee I was worried when I read that his forthcoming double-CD was to be a biographical concept album - a homage to somebody I'd never even heard of, with CD1 consisting of covers of songs written in the 1920s. Like most Loudon addicts all I crave is more of his own fantastic compositions. He has consistently proved himself to be America's greatest songwriter of the past 40 years following Dylan's descent into tired, clichéd mediocrity back in the eighties.

And surprise surprise! What a revelation this set turns out to be - full of utterly absorbing, lovingly crafted songs and all beautifully packaged, complete with a mini-paperback including full lyrics and Charlie Poole life story. To anyone familiar with Loudon's music it is clear to see why he recognises so much of himself in Poole.

Loudon's work just maintains an incredibly high standard. The latest in a long line of masterful albums. Superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Orwell on 6 Nov. 2009
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As a keen follower of Loudon rather than his children I always enjoy his output. This is a great little extra - a homage to a true star who deserves a bigger following. Well worth the price for a couple of tracks alone and the really good booklet. Loudo is a true original who should be followed by more - great stuff!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BernieU on 22 Feb. 2010
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This project will put a smile on your lips. Sad songs,happy songs, banjo tunes...if you don`t react to something on these discs, then you are a very cold fish indeed.A brilliant idea, well executed. Well done Loudon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2009
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Charlie Poole was an American banjo player. He was part of a string band that recorded in the 20's and 30's. He is revered by many folk and rock stars,and one of them is Loudon Wainwright, III. Charlie Poole's band "The Ramblers', was "a bluesy fiddle lead, backed up by long, flowing, melodic guitar runs and the finger-style banjo picking of Poole. Predictable as it may be, it was nonetheless outstanding. No string band in early country music equalled the Ramblers' controlled, clean, well-patterned sound." He played mostly cover songs, but he wrote many songs, words and music. Charlie Poole left a legacy that many remember, and Loudon Wainwright III has honored him by singing many of his songs.

This CD 'High Wide and Handsome:The Charlie Poole Project', has 2 discs with 30 songs of magnificent proportion. Many of the tunes are written by Charlie Poole, but Loudon has inserted several of his own songs. Wainwright's children, Rufus and Martha, join in on several tunes to make this a CD that you want to listen to over and over again. Charlie Poole was from North Carolina, and he always wanted to leave this world 'High Wide and Handsome'. That is an old southern expression that you called someone of wealth and importance.

Some of these tunes make no sense at all' I'm The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World' is one that many have tried to understand and finally left alone. 'My Mother and My Sweetheart' is a tune that memorializes two women that are loved by a man, such sweet and lovely lyrics. 'Goodbye Booze' seems to be a favorite of all. Charlie Poole was a boozer and after a thirteen week drunk he died at the age of 38. The sentimental 'Mother's Farewell Kiss' is one of those songs where you sing along.
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