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Little Ship [CD]

Loudon Wainwright III Audio CD
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After the War (II) my father Loudon (II) came home with his bride Martha (I).1 My parents had sex and nine months later I was born albeit almost backwards.2

My youth was spent in Westchester County, New York and Beverly Hills, California.3 I remember being particularly happy when we lived in Southern California.4 However there was romantic agony - I had a tremendous ... Read more in Amazon's Loudon Wainwright III Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Oct 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000006035
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. So Damn Happy 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Primrose Hill 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Underwear 1:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The World 1:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. What Are Families For? 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bein' A Dad 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Birthday Present II 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Can't Stand Myself 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Little Ship 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. A Song 3:050.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this album probably some 25 years after first hearing Loudon play on the Old Grey Whistle Test (A UK Music Show in the 70's). I bought his first 4 albums before losing contact with him. Searching around for some good music what should I find....this is wonderful stuff...full of great pathos and the usual Loudon stuff. Wonderful...maybe we've grown up together...one definitely for 40 something blokes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorting through the underwear 26 July 2014
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Loudon, apart from being the funniest and best value solo act around, is the poet of the mundane and the everyday. On many of his now numerous albums there tends to be at least one song concerning the things most other songwriters don`t bother about, not even Randy Newman or the late Warren Zevon, those other two contemporary droll wits. (Loudon`s most extreme song like this is the early Plane, Too - which is basically a deadpan list of things he sees on a plane journey, ending with the bathetic but satisfying conclusion: 'Me too'.)
This one has a track called Underwear, and it`s pretty much about just that, though as so often with Loud there`s more to it. He`s sorting through underwear, socks etc after a split, so the items take on some significance.
Loudon is also the poet of relationships and break-ups, as well as family dynamics, and there`s plenty of that here: the bawdy Breakfast in Bed, Our Own War, Bein` A Dad, the lovely title track, and the self-explanatory What Are Families For?
The final song is simply entitled A Song, and it`s one of the most touching he`s ever written. I don`t know how he does it, but Wainwright`s one of the very few songwriters who can have me laughing and crying not only in the same song, but often in the same line. It`s a trick he pulls off live, and it can wrong-foot an audience so sweetly, so effortlessly.
One of the funniest songs here - a 'follow-up' to the much older song I`m Alright - is called So Damn Happy, and contains the mischievously hilarious line:

Dear listener, would you like to slap me?

Just occasionally, Loud!
Loudon Wainwright III is still one of the great underrated singer-songwriters, but perhaps that`s how it should remain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Aug 2014
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loudon Wainwright's songwriting hits the nail on the head. 7 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My first listening of Little Ship was the most pleasant surprise I've had in a long time. Loudon Wainwright is the most honest songwriter I've heard. He has the depth to switch from romping fun songs as in Breakfast in Bed (about staying in bed all day making love) to the heart-on-the- sleeve ballads like OGM -- the most honest song written by a man since Jackson Browne's Rosie. Loudon Wainwright is sincere and calls it like he sees it without a hint of pretension. Little Ship is my favorite recording by which to redecorate my kitchen. It is simply an excellent output.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Death and Decay! Woo-hoo! 14 Nov 2000
By Blake Watson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album but it must be admitted that, as the songwriter grows older, he becomes increasingly morbid. After the raunchy, upbeat opening song, the album settles into a reflection on ghosts, doom, decay and darkness.
"Four Mirrors" is a reflection on how one is haunted by one's parents, long after they're gone, by the similarities they leave behind in us. The poppy "Mr. Ambivalence" about going nowhere. "OGM" about denying the obvious when a relationship has ended. "Our Own War" (not "Our Own Way" as shown in the track listing) compares the battles of a love affair to war, and points out that when the bloodshed is over, so is the relationship. "So Damn Happy" about the relief one feels when ending a relationship. You get the idea.
Yet, the hardest thing about the album is that the author's usually crystal clear analysis of the situation seems a little murky.
In particular, "OGM", the a capella "Underwear" and "Little Ship" are reflections on a relationship that's, essentially, over. In "OGM" the songwriter is flat-out denying it. Worse, though, "Underwear" and "Little Ship" are about the bumps in a relationship, and how the relationship is stronger after surviving them. The melancholy overtones and subtexts suggest, however, that the subject is whistling past the graveyard. The relationship is long gone, and he's trying to pretend otherwise. Not the sort of "wishful thinking" we expect from Loudon.
These are not bad songs, mind you. "OGM" in particular, is one of his best, "Little Ship" is sweet and "Underwear" typically humorous. But the overall effect of the album can be depressing because it's not tempered with LW3's usual clarity. It's not surprising, then, that some of the album's highlights are on more extroverted songs, like "Primrose Hill" and relentlessly cheerful banjo tune "The World Is A Terrible Place".
LW3 followed this album with the all-socially-relevant "Social Studies", which is probably as far from this as he could get.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I've heard in a long time. 15 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The fact that Loudon Wainwright is a dead ringer for my father in law did not stop me from buying this album on a whim. I had received a tip several years ago at a conference that I would be "into" this guy's music. So I picked it up on one of my music binges. Well, "into" it I am indeed. From the first song to the last I fell in love with this album and have yet to stop playing it - I bought it two weeks ago and I play it nearly every day.
Because I am typically pretty critical of the music I listen to, I feel that me taking time out to write this down is an indication of how truly good this album is. I hope you'll buy it and listen to it for yourself.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wasn't that rather pleasant in your ears?" 3 Dec 2005
By Travis Dubya McGee Bickle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge huge fan of pretty much everything Loudie's ever done, but this album is a particular highwater mark. It's the best of what constitutes, for me, a trilogy of albums that, as a group represent pretty much the best of his output in the last few years...(the others in the trilogy being "Grown Man" and "History").

"Four Mirrors" might be the best song about fathers (specifically, looking in the mirror and seeing your poor old Dad's mug looking back) ever written...Almost unbearably poignant and rich, as is "Primrose Hill", the saga of a homeless person who would, if he struck it rich, buy such luxuries as "a bottle of vodka and some guitar strings"...

And let us not forget "OGM", which chronicles the ebbing of a relationship through changes made to the outgoing message on a phone...He gets more man-woman-love-interaction type stuff into these few lines than many songwriters are able to compress into their whole careers...

What a brilliant songwriter - he somehow gets the real stuff of human life into song, to an extent no one else out there seems capable of doing right now....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I shall say it ten times ... 9 Nov 2009
By Ausborn - Published on Amazon.com
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I have purchased, yes paid for, ten of Loudon's CD's. Went to his concert in Brisbane and loved the fact that live or recorded, he sounds the same. I guess I'm a true blue fan, so what else is there to say ?
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