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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable value for money...., 9 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Album III / Attempted Mustache / Unrequited (Audio CD)
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The launch price of this triple package was less than nine quid. In terms of value for money it's hard to do much better than that!

If you are a LWIII fan but have never heard these three albums from the early seventies, the first things you'll notice are that his voice sounds a pitch or two higher and all the songs seem very short. This was the young Loudon, still moving through the gears before he settled on his more mature/assured writing style in the eighties. In truth all three LPs were a little patchy but each features many moments of brilliance. The highlight is the sequence of seven live tracks toward the end of CD2 which comprised side two of 'Unrequited'. For many UK listeners (me included) this was the first glimpse of what a captivating live performer Loudon was - and still is. Loudon's favourite subject matter - himself, his family, his relationships - was beginning to take shape and here, a full seventeen years before 'A Father And A Son', he was already singing to and about Rufus as a baby ('RIATM', 'Lullaby') and even prior to that in utero ('Dilated To Meet You').

Elsewhere some of these tracks inevitably now sound dated, mostly because of the soft-rock arrangements and over-production which were prevalent in American music at the time. That's one of the reasons why Loudon's (unaccompanied) performances of some of these songs for John Peel, a few of which are still gathering dust unreleased, sounded superior. But I'm not going to start banging that BBC sessions drum yet again.

This repackage boasts informed sleeve notes - although you may need a microscope to read them - and three extra tracks which were not on the original 'Unrequited' but were on the 1998 Columbia re-release, including the angst-ridden 'Hollywood Hopeful' and beautiful duet with first wife Kate, 'Over The Hill', the lyrics of which are given added poignancy by her sad passing last year [ "...who'd have thought it could go so fast, but it certainly did" ].

One other point to note is that the track which appears here as 'The Untitled' is the same as was included in the recent '40 Odd Years' box set as 'Hardy Boys At The Y'. The proper title couldn't be used on the original release for copyright reasons.

Playing these CDs was probably the first time for twenty years I'd listened to the three LPs in their entirety and without interruption. All told, in a quick reckoning of the 41 tracks I counted 7 damp squibs, 18 good eggs and 16 five-star LWIII gems. So at this price you really can't complain.

For more about each of the three albums I recommend the informative USA buyer reviews on Amazon.com. And if you like a laugh don't miss the ludicrous official Amazon.com review of 'Unrequited', written by Billy Altman, which describes Loudon as sounding "woefully adrift". Talk about missing the point! Or perhaps it was just a momentary sense-of-humour malfunction.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good albums with good memories, 13 Feb. 2014
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Original songs by an original artist. Amusing and thoughtful lyrics to good melodies. Sung with feeling and from the heart. Enjoy all albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, nostalgia!, 6 Feb. 2013
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This was a Christmas gift to my husband, incorporating some of the music we used to listen to when we was a-courting. He loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 21 April 2014
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Have listened to this album on numerous occasions,bought it yrs ago and now decided to treat myself to the cd.....not a bad song on it.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 July 2014
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wots not 2 love
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