by Loudon Wainwright III



The best album of Loudon Wainwright III's career, History features a mix of the humorous and the serious, the autobiographical and the observational, the rockin' and the balladic, all wrapped up in some classy arrangements. There is a mood of personal reflection hanging over the entire proceeding, inspired by the death of Wainwright's father, a noted American writer and editor. "People in Love" kicks the whole thing off with one of Wainwright's trademark observations on the perils of love. On "Men," the singer quietly discusses the whys and wherefores of male behavior, while "The Picture" is a musical reflection on a picture of Loudon and his sister taken 40 years earlier (and reproduced inside the CD booklet). The album then continues with a clever classic of the satirical talking folk-blues genre, "Talking New Bob Dylan," in which Wainwright, once considered one of the many "new Dylans," salutes the original on his 50th birthday. The last three songs on the album form a powerful triumvirate, with "A Father and a Son" written by a man who is both, and "Sometimes I Forget," an extremely personal ballad about the loss of his own dad. The final track, "A Handful of Dust," was actually written by Loudon Wainwright, Jr. in 1952 and adapted by his son for this recording. For those familiar with Loudon Wainwright III only through his novelty hit "Dead Skunk," or who don't know his work at all, History will come as a revelation. For the small cult of Wainwright fans, its power and poignancy may also come as a wonderful surprise, for it's the album his previous work hinted might be within him. It is his masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/1992
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0077778641629
catalogNumber: 86416

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Roches   Vocals
Syd Straw   Vocals
Jeffrey Lesser   Vocals
David Mansfield   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar
Anna McGarrigle   Vocals
David Nichtern   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Ossola   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Chris Parker   Percussion,Drums
Chaim Tannenbaum   Banjo,Harmonica,Vocals
Stephen Tubin   Organ,Accordion
Kate McGarrigle   Vocals
Robin Gould   Drums

Technical Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Composer,Producer
Jeffrey Lesser   Producer,Engineer
Mike Kappus   Executive Producer
Catherine McRae   Art Direction

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