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on 20 January 2018
Some slightly different songs here but nevertheless an interesting recording from an interesting performer
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on 14 September 2015
For those of us who collected Loudon Wainwright albums on LP this is a very good way to update them to CD. Loudon Wainwright is an idiosyncratic artist who writes clever songs with a mixture of pathos and humour. Not to everyone's taste, but some will love these songs. You could always start with the Swimming Song, that should appeal to most.

3 Albums for the price of a single CD, great value.
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on 11 September 2015
What a talent!
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on 6 February 2013
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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on 9 September 2011
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 comes with comprehensive 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 had 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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on 13 February 2014
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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on 21 April 2014
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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on 31 July 2014
wots not 2 love
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on 25 September 2016
The mans 3 best album in one package at a greatb price. Whats not to like?
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on 4 October 2015
Not as good as some of his later albums
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