Album III

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Album III
Studio album by Loudon Wainwright III
Released 1972 (1972)
Genre Folk
Length 32:19
Label Columbia
Producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye
Loudon Wainwright III chronology
Album II
Album III
Attempted Mustache
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A-)[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]

Album III, as its title indicates, is the third full 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'"?

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.

Track listing[edit]

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



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

Release history[edit]

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