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Album III is the third full-length album from Loudon Wainwright III. It was originally released in 1972 on Columbia Records. Album III would spawn Loudon Wainwright's most popular hit single, "Dead Skunk", one of the many 'novelty songs' sprinkled throughout Wainwright's career. Although Wainwright has maintained an ironic, sometimes sepulchral sense of humor, "Dead Skunk", despite its commercial success, has dogged him ever since, as he comments on 1985's album I'm Alright, "Were you embarrassed about 'Dead Skunk'"?

Album III
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 15,1972 (June 15,1972)
GenreFolk
Length32:19
LabelColumbia
ProducerThomas Jefferson Kaye
Loudon Wainwright III chronology
Album II
(1971)
Album III
(1972)
Attempted Mustache
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]

This is the first of his albums to feature a full backing band (on many tracks). Wainwright mostly eschewed a rocking sound for a stripped down acoustic one from the early 1980s onwards.

Contents

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Loudon Wainwright III except where noted.

  1. "Dead Skunk" – 3:05
  2. "Red Guitar" – 1:49
  3. "East Indian Princess" – 2:56
  4. "Muse Blues" – 2:53
  5. "Hometeam Crowd" – 1:49
  6. "B Side" – 2:26
  7. "Needless To Say" – 3:14
  8. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 2:31
  9. "New Paint" – 3:00
  10. "Trilogy (Circa 1967)" – 3:11
  11. "Drinking Song" – 2:55
  12. "Say That You Love Me" – 2:30

PersonnelEdit

Technical

  • Brooks Arthur – engineer, mixing
  • Milton Kramer – executive producer
  • Fred Lombardi – cover photography

Release historyEdit

  • LP: Columbia KC 31462 (US)
  • LP: CBS 65238 (UK)
  • CD: Sony CK31462 (August 20, 1990, re-release)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Album III at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: W". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 21, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Rolling Stone