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The first song on Rufus Wainwright's debut album begins with "I don't want to hold you and feel so helpless, I don't want to smell you and lose my senses, and smile in slow motion with eyes in love." That's how you make an entrance. The son of folk royalty Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright, Rufus was discovered when his father passed his demo along to legendary composer, Brian Wilson collaborator, and family friend Van Dyke Parks. It was then passed along to the record executive Lenny Waronker (and father of Anna Waronker of Fidelity High favorites that dog). Waronker signed Rufus as the first artist to the short-lived Dreamworks Records (also home to Elliott Smith, eels, Jonathan Fire*Eater and more). The album was largely produced by Jon Brion and it has been reported that Rufus recorded over 50 songs over the course of two years, spending $700,000 in the process. It sounds like a million. Pressed once before in 2008 in a limited run, the record was finally made available again on vinyl in May 2016 along with the first ever vinyl pressing of Rufus' excellent 2001 sophomore effort Poses.
Rufus Wainwright // Rufus Wainwright // Dreamworks Records // 1998.