Attempted Mustache

Attempted Mustache is the fourth album from Loudon Wainwright III. It was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Bob Johnston and was released in 1973 on Columbia Records.

Attempted Mustache
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Studio album by
Released1973
RecordedRay Stevens Sound Lab, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreFolk
Length38:38
LabelColumbia
ProducerBob Johnston,
Bruce Dickinson (1998 reissue production)
Loudon Wainwright III chronology
Album III
(1972)
Attempted Mustache
(1973)
Unrequited
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]
Rolling Stonefavorable[3]

Wainwright said that "I Am the Way" was partly inspired by Guru Maharaj Ji's appearance at the Millennium '73 festival in December 1973.[4]

Johnny Cash covered the song "The Man Who Couldn't Cry" live on his album American Recordings.

Track listingEdit

  1. "The Swimming Song" – 2:26
  2. "A.M. World" – 2:31
  3. "Bell Bottom Pants" – 2:27
  4. "Liza" – 2:47
  5. "I Am the Way (New York Town)" – 3:12
  6. "Clockwork Chartreuse" – 3:37
  7. "Down Drinking at the Bar" – 3:55
  8. "The Man Who Couldn't Cry" – 6:16
  9. "Come a Long Way" – 2:45
  10. "Nocturnal Stumblebutt" – 3:45
  11. "Dilated to Meet You" – 2:02
  12. "Lullaby" – 2:55

PersonnelEdit

All songs written by Loudon Wainwright III except:

  • "I Am the Way (New York Town)", new title and lyrics by Loudon Wainwright III, based on "New York Town", music by Woody Guthrie
  • "Come a Long Way" written by Kate McGarrigle

Musicians:

Release historyEdit

  • LP: Columbia KC 32710 (U.S.)
  • LP: CBS 65837 (UK)
  • CD: Edsel EDCD269
  • CD: Sony-Legacy 65257 (1998)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  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 review
  4. ^ Lichtenstein, Grace (February 3, 1974), "They Won't Boo Loudon Any Longer", The New York Times