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Older Than My Old Man Now

Loudon Wainwright III Audio CD
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From Loudon:

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 (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B00705GF48
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Here & The Now
2. In C
3. Older Than My Old Man Now
4. Double Lifetime
5. Dateline
6. All In A Family
7. My Meds
8. Interlude
9. Over The Hill
10. Ghost Blues
11. I Remember Sex
12. Somebody Else
13. The Days That We Die
14. 10
15. Something's Out to Get Me

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No less than 5 generations of Wainwrights make contributions to this new album with duets with Rufus, Martha, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Lexie Kelly Wainwright, Suzzy Roche,along with other esteemed guests John Scofield, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Dame Edna Everage. As his new album's title relates, Loudon Wainwright III is Older Than My Old Man Now -- his old man being the late Loudon Wainwright, Jr., the esteemed Life Magazine columnist and senior editor. "Singer-songwriter contemporaries of mine have recently taken to writing memoirs and autobiographies," notes Wainwright. "I decided I would try to tell the story of my swinging life in a three and one-half minute song."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fine LWIII album 2 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
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 lovely and tender In C and 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph 19 April 2012
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As Loudon Wainwright III gets older, his songs become more mature, thoughtful and spellbinding. And with Dick Connette producing, this album oozes real quality akin to the Grammy award winning The Charlie Poole Project ... but with the emphasis here entirely on Loudon rather than on Charlie.

This is a collection of outstanding, often moving, songs about growing older and family matters such as In C, Older Than My Old Man Now, All in a Family (listen out for Lucy Wainwright Roche's wonderful voice on this), Somebody Else and The Days That We Die (with Rufus Wainwright). A number of the songs feature passages written by Loudon's Dad as introductory recitations - and they fit perfectly into the overall context of the album. Whether the duet with Dame Edna Everage on I Remember Sex is really necessary is, however, open to question (but it's not a disaster).

I've no doubt that us older LW3 fans, who understand exactly what's going on in the album, will just love it.

By the way, if you play this on Windows Media Player, watch out - Media Player will likely tell you you're listening to the "Unrequited" album. You're not. You're into much deeper material on this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fan's choice 22 Sep 2013
By BrianK
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I have been a fan of Loudon Wainwright for many years now but this album slightly disappointed. There are some great tracks but the inclusion of the Edna Everidge collaboration is a complete mistake
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh or cry? 14 Feb 2013
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I'm a bit younger than yer man but getting there...
LW3 has always been at his best when you weren't sure whether to laugh or cry. This is him at his best. If you're over 50 I can't believe his musings on old age, death and families will leave you unmoved. Great songs superbly performed and arranged. Buy it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another absorbing album from the patriarch... 7 May 2012
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I feel you need a couple of weeks to digest a new LWIII album `cos there's usually so much in there and it has to settle on the palate. This beautiful set, his third successive 'concept album', is no exception.

It's a mixture of styles, moods and approaches to a challenging subject. Some tracks - many of them duets - work brilliantly, a couple of others not so. The fact is that few other songwriters could even attempt to confront in such visceral detail the issues Loudon grapples with here - ageing, mortality, medicines, bodily functions, a lifetime of relationship regrets and the gradual wind-down to mowing the lawn. But then the detail of Loudon's life has been played out in his songs for so long now that his fans already know all about the family conflicts, mistakes, misdemeanors, career moves and bouts of depression. But it's precisely because his life HAS been so 'publicly personalised' that we care about Loudon. It's almost like he's one of our own family and that's the reason why I can listen to this CD and love it - as opposed to, say, Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas' from earlier this year which, although it addresses the same theme, is not half as engaging.

The standout songs here are 'Ghost Blues', the title track (3) and the various duets - track 4 (with Ramblin' Jack Elliott), 6 (with daughter Lucy) and the classic (9) with late first-wife Kate which was probably originally intended as irony when it was written back in 1975 but now just sounds desperately sad. The Rufus duet (13) picks up where `A Father and A Son' left off twenty years ago and track 14, with second wife Suzzy Roche, grows better with each listen. Even the comedy duet (11) with Dame Edna/Barry Humphries works surprisingly well and has a genuine charm about it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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He always seems to tap into the moment, I have made 10 years past my Father's age at death so there was some resonance here with me as ever with this clever writer
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 26 May 2013
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Older generations will love the irony of this album. LW has got it spot on - really good lyrics and music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy (for the over fifties) 30 Jan 2013
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As I'm seeing LW111 in concert in a couple of months, I thought I should catch up with his latest work. For those who think he went 'off' in the 80s & 90s this would be a return to form; and for those who believe he has been consistently good - this is consistently good!
There is no-one then or now who deals with life and death in the way LW111 does, with a sad but wry grin.
I can happily recommend this album, with one caveat: I am in my late fifties, I have two grown up daughters and two grandchildren (4 if you include - as I do - the two we, happily, took on from my son-in-laws first marriage). As the song says: "your hourglass once had a top half / that was filled full of sand, but it's all trickled down". LW111 is writing and singing to me!
I am not sure how this album will be received by anyone not knocking on heaven's door.
Anyway, I have my tickets to see LW111 at the end of April; I am looking forward to it so much - I just hope I live that long......
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty vinyl
I would be cautious buying this product as it doesn't work on my record player!
My player doesn't struggle with any other record but on this LP it keeps jumping and skipping... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jessica Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than..
The stories are captivating, moving, hilarious (Remember Sex). Pity he doesn't come over to Europe much (ever?), would love to see him life.
Published 20 months ago by Rudi
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Louden
Quite a mix of styles on this album but all up to Louden's usual standard. Good easy listening from the master.
Published 20 months ago by Shona, Aberdeen
5.0 out of 5 stars older but better
this latest cd from Loudon Wainwright III was bought as a 65th birthday gift and hit all the right spots. A simply brilliant cd.
Published 21 months ago by Junes Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Older than my old man
As good as the previous one, always humane, profound, funny, well written songs and accompanying music. Loudon Wainwright at his best[[ASIN:B00705GF48 Older Than My Old Man Now)
Published 21 months ago by Ms F. L. Olive
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Loudon's Best
Older than my old man now is full of Loudon's wit and pathos. The song make you smile and twist you heart with humour and Loundon's own lived ewxpereinces.
Published 24 months ago by Mr. W. J. Waine
2.0 out of 5 stars Family Intrusion?
Been a fan of Loundon for many a year(s) and found that this was perhaps not up to scratch. May seem a little harsh but at times I thought I was intruding on a personal family... Read more
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