Instant Pleasure with the House of Rufus

Rufus Wainwright released a massive boxset of his work entitled House of Rufus. This is a collection to behold for true Rufus fans as it is a limited release of 3,000 copies worldwide. Signed versions of the boxset with art canvases have already sold-out.  The boxset includes demos from his personal collection, which is what made him famous. There are also studio demos from Want One and Want Two. There are songs with “Family and Friends,” which includes a new version of Richard Thompson’s “Down Where the Drunkards Roll” recorded with his father, Loudon Wainwright III.  One of the discs in the set is compiled with all his movie soundtrack songs which is dubbed ‘Rufus at the Movies.’

The box set contains:

6 studio albums
2 concerts on CD, including Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
4 discs of previously unreleased material
6 dvds


At approximately $296.85 (£184.99) the box set is cased in red velvet, would you expect anything else from the House of Rufus? There is a 90 page hardback book with rare and unseen photos, hand drawn tour posters, handwritten lyrics, 4 art prints and much more.  There are also interviews with his friends and relatives with an introduction by Rufus.

One of biggest highlights of the set is the “Family and Friends” disc.   It’s songs like “More Wine” with Julianna Raye and “To America” with Joan Wasser that that truly sum up the feel of the disc. The low-key acoustics and soothing voices of the very talented ladies make this the must have album for any California beach and wine parties.  While the Family and Friends disc is mainly filled with slow tempo to folksy music it’s a surprise live collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys on “Casanova in Hell” that puts the cherry of the disc.

For those looking for the mainstream pop songs from Rufus, turn to ‘Rufus at the Movies.’  You don’t realize how many songs Rufus accumulated for the soundtracks until you see the tracklisting.  For the Rufus fans that want to hear the demos, aka the unreleased tracks, there is a treasure chest full of goodies for your ears.  I do recommend ripping the albums, once you’ve purchased them, on your computer and listening to all the tracks in alphabetical order.  By doing this you have a side by side comparison of the unreleased demos with the full album versions such as “11.11”.

The House of Rufus is the greatest hits collection for fans new and old.  With roughly 195 audio tracks the boxset will keep you occupied for over 2 hours. Mind you this doesn’t include the DVD footage! You can purchase House of Rufus here.

Rufus is currently taking up residency at the Royal Opera House in London for most of July  taking the stage with Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Stephen Oremus, for a revival of Rufus’ celebrated tribute to Judy Garland, Rufus Does Judy! Rufus Does Judy is also included on CD and DVD in the boxset. He then heads to the Midwest for a couple days and then to Canada.

Jul 18      London, UK
Jul 19      London, UK
Jul 21      London, UK
Jul 22      London, UK
Jul 23      London, UK
Aug 12    Interlochen, MI
Aug 14    Chicago, IL
Oct 05     Montreal, PQ

House of Rufus Discs and Tracklistings:

Rufus Wainwright CD

1. Foolish Love
2. Danny Boy
3. April Fools
4. In My Arms
5. Millbrook
6. Baby
7. Beauty Mark
8. Barcelona
9. Matinee Idol
10.Damned Ladies
11.Sally Ann
12.Imaginary Love

Bonus Tracks

1. Heartburn (from McGarrigle Hour)
2. Goodnight Sweetheart(from McGarrigle Hour)

 

Poses CD

1. Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk
2. Greek Song
3. Poses
4. Shadows
5. California
6. The Tower Of Learning
7. Grey Gardens
8. Rebel Prince
9. The Consort
10.One Man Guy
11.Evil Angel
12.In A Graveyard
13.Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk – Reprise

Bonus Tracks

1. Greek Song (KCRW session 5/6/01)
2. California (KCRW session 5/6/01)
3. Grey Gardens (KCRW session 5/6/01)

 

Want One CD

1. Oh What A World
2. I Don’t Know What It Is
3. Vicious World
4. Movies Of Myself
5. Pretty Things
6. Go Or Go Ahead
7. Vibrate
8. 14th Street – Album Version
9. Natasha
10.Harvester Of Hearts
11.Beautiful Child
12.Want
13.11:11:00
14.Dinner At Eight
15.Es Mus Sein (Non-LP Version)
16.Velvet Curtain Rag (Non-LP Version)

Bonus Tracks

1. What You Got (unreleased)
2. 11.11 (Studio demo)

 

Want Two CD

1. Agnus Dei
2. The One You Love
3. Peach Trees
4. Little Sister
5. The Art Teacher
6. Hometown Waltz
7. This Love Affair
8. Gay Messiah (Album version)
9. Memphis Skyline
10.Waiting For A Dream
11.Crumb by Crumb
12.Old Whore’s Diet
13.Coeur De Parisienne – Reprise d’Arletty (Live)
14.Quand Vous Mourez de Nos Amours (Live)

Bonus Tracks

1. Southern Soul (unreleased)
2. Gay Messiah (Studio demo )

 

Release The Stars CD

1. Do I Disappoint You
2. Going To A Town
3. Tiergarten
4. Nobody’s Off The Hook
5. Between My Legs
6. Rules and Regulations
7. Not Ready To Love
8. Slideshow
9. Tulsa
10.Leaving For Paris No. 2
11.Sanssouci
12.Release The Stars
13.Do I Disappoint You – Instrumental

Bonus Tracks

1. Low Grade Happiness (rare UK b-side)
2. Going to a Town (Live at Kenwood House, London. 3/7/10)

 

Rufus Does Judy CD1

1. Overture: The Trolley Song/Over The Rainbow/The Main That Got Away – Live At Carnegie Hall
2. When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) – Live At Carnegie Hall
3. Medley: Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love – Live At Carnegie Hall
4. Do It Again – Live At Carnegie Hall
5. You Go To My Head – Live At Carnegie Hall
6. Alone Together – Live At Carnegie Hall
7. Who Cares? (So Long As You Care For Me) – Live At Carnegie Hall
8. Puttin On The Ritz – Live At Carnegie Hall
9. How Long Has This Been Going On – Live At Carnegie Hall
10.Just You, Just Me – Live At Carnegie Hall
11.The Man That Got Away – Live At Carnegie Hall
12.San Francisco – Live At Carnegie Hall

 

Rufus Does Judy CD2

1. That’s Entertainment – Live At Carnegie Hall
2. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Live At Carnegie Hall
3. Come Rain Or Come Shine – Live At Carnegie Hall
4. You’re Nearer – Live At Carnegie Hall
5. A Foggy Day – Live At Carnegie Hall
6. If Love Were All – Live At Carnegie Hall
7. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart – Live At Carnegie Hall
8. Stormy Weather – Live At Carnegie Hall
9. Medley: You Made Me Love You/For Me And My Gal/The Trolley Song – Live At Carnegie Hall
10.Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody – Live At Carnegie Hall
11.Over The Rainbow – Live At Carnegie Hall
12.Swanee – Live At Carnegie Hall
13.After You’re Gone – Live At Carnegie Hall
14.Chicago – Live At Carnegie Hall
15.Get Happy – Live At Carnegie Hall

Bonus Tracks

1. Someone to Watch Over Me (unreleased. Features Martha Wainwright)
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye (unreleased)

 

Milwaukee at Last CD

1. Release The Stars – Live
2. Going To A Town – Live
3. Sanssouci – Live
4. Rules And Regulations – Live
5. Leaving For Paris No. 2 – Live
6. If Love Were All – Live
7. Nobody’s Off The Hook – Live
8. Not Ready To Love/Slideshow – Live
9. Macushla – Live
10.Gay Messiah – Live

 

All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu CD

1. Who Are You New York?
2. Sad With What I Have
3. Martha
4. Give Me What I Want And Give It To Me Now!
5. True Loves
6. Sonnet 43
7. Sonnet 20
8. Sonnet 10
9. The Dream
10.What Would I Ever Do With A Rose?
11.Les Feux D’Artifice T’Appellent
12.Zebulon
13.Les Feux D’Artifice T’Appellent – Alternate Version

Bonus Tracks

1. Who Are You New York? (Live at Kenwood House, London. 3/7/10)
2. Martha (Live at Kenwood House, London. 3/7/10)
3. The Walking Song (Live at Kenwood House, London. 3/7/10)

 

Rufus Rarities CD

1. Money Song (unreleased)
2. Ups and Downs (rare promo only track)
3. Red Thread (unreleased)
4. St James Infirmary (unreleased)
5. London (unreleased)
6. A Bit of You (rare Japanese bonus track)
7. Ashes (unreleased)
8. In With the Ladies (rare UK bonus track)
9. Miss Otis Regrets (unreleased)
10.Cowboy Song (iTunes exclusive track)
11.Patience is a Virtue (rare US bonus track)
12.Shoes (unreleased)
13.Fame Into Love Into Death (unreleased)
14.One More Chance (unreleased)
15.Hankering (unreleased)
16.Dreams and Daydreams (unreleased)

 

Rufus At The Movies CD

1. I’m a Running (Tommy Tricker) (unreleased)
2. Le Roi d’Ys (The Myth of Fingerprints)
3. On The Banks of the Wabash (The Myth of Fingerprints)
4. Complainte de la Butte (Moulin Rouge)
5. Hallelujah (Shrek)
6. He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother (Zoolander)
7. Across The Universe (I am Sam)
8. It’s Only a Paper Moon (Stormy Weather)
9. I Wonder What Became of Me (Stormy Weather)
10.I Eat Dinner (Bridget Jones The Edge Of Reason)
11.I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise (The Aviator)
12.King of the Road (Brokeback Mountain)
13.The Maker Makes (Brokeback Mountain)
14.Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered (The History Boys)
15.Another Believer (Meet The Robinsons)

 

Family and Friends CD

1. What’ll I Do (Kate & Anna Mcgarrigle, Rufus & Martha Wainwright)
2. Au Fond Du Temple Saint (David Byrne)
3. So Easy (Teddy Thompson)
4. Old Paint (Loudon Wainwright) (Rare US bonus track)
5. Casanova in Hell (Pet Shop Boys)
6. What Can i Do (Antony Hegarty)
7. To America (Joan Wasser)
8. Tired of Wasting Time (Sloan Wainwright)
9. Chelsea Hotel No 2 (Live)
10.Everybody Knows (Live)
11.More Wine (Julianna Raye)
12.Lowlands Away (Rufus and Kate from Rogues Gallery)
13.Scarecrow (Kristian Hoffman)
14.Albatross
15.Down Where The Drunkards Roll – (Loudon Wainwright) (recorded May 2011 unreleased)

 

Rufus Original Demos CD

1. Foolish Love (unreleased)
2. Danny Boy (unreleased)
3. Beauty Mark (unreleased)
4. Damned Ladies (unreleased)
5. Liberty Cabbage (unreleased)
6. Matinee Idol (unreleased)
7. April Fools (unreleased)
8. Get Out of Town (unreleased)
9. Sally Ann (unreleased)
10.Sweet Repose (unreleased)
11.In My Arms (unreleased)
12.Keep Cool Fool (unreleased)

 

Rufus Does Judy DVD

1. Overture: The Trolley Song/Over The Rainbow/The Main That Got Away – Live At The London Palladium
2. When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) – Live At The London Palladium
3. Medley: Almost Like Being In Love/This Can’t Be Love – Live At The London Palladium
4. Do It Again – Live At The London Palladium
5. You Go To My Head – Live At The London Palladium
6. Alone Together – Live At The London Palladium
7. Who Cares? (So Long As You Care For Me) – Live At The London Palladium
8. Puttin On The Ritz – Live At The London Palladium
9. How Long Has This Been Going On – Live At The London Palladium
10.Just You, Just Me – Live At The London Palladium
11.The Man That Got Away – Live At The London Palladium
12.San Francisco – Live At The London Palladium
13.That’s Entertainment – Live At The London Palladium
14.I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Live At The London Palladium
15.Come Rain Or Come Shine – Live At The London Palladium
16.You’re Nearer – Live At The London Palladium
17.A Foggy Day – Live At The London Palladium
18.If Love Were All – Live At The London Palladium
19.Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart – Live At The London Palladium
20.Stormy Weather – Live At The London Palladium
21.Medley: You Made Me Love You/For Me And My Gal/The Trolley Song – Live At The London Palladium
22.Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody – Live At The London Palladium
23.Over The Rainbow – Live At The London Palladium
24.Swanee – Live At The London Palladium
25.After You’re Gone – Live At The London Palladium
26.Chicago – Live At The London Palladium
27.Get Happy – Live At The London Palladium
28.Hello Bluebird – Live At The London Palladium
29.Someone To Watch Over Me – Live At The London Palladium
30.Everytime We Say Goodbye – Live At The London Palladium
31.San Francisco – Reprise, Live At The London Palladium
32.Credits – Live At The London Palladium

 

All I Want DVD

1. Overture – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Concert Film]
2. Childhood – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
3. New York, LA & The Big Break – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
4. Pills, Partying & Poses – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
5. Excess – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
6. After The Party – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
7. The Wants – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
8. Hometown Waltz – A Portrait Of Rufus Wainwright – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Behind the Scenes]
9. Gay Messiah – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
10.Crumb By Crumb – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
11.Rebel Prince – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
12.The Art Teacher – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
13.This Love Affair – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
14.Poses – Studio Frisson, Montreal Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
15.Movies Of Myself – The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
16.Go Or Go Ahead – The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
17.I Don’t Know What It Is – The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
18.Beautiful Child – The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Performance – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
19.Beauty Mark – Live At Central Park Summer Stage – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
20.Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk – Live At Central Park Summer Stage – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
21.Dinner At Eight – Live At Central Park Summer Stage – 2.0 Dolby Stereo [Music Video]
22.The One You Love [Music Video]
23.California [Music Video]
24.April Fools [Music Video]
25.The Maker Makes [Music Video]

 

Prima Donna The Story of an Opera DVD

1. Opening: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
2. The First Workshop: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
3. The Genesis of Prima Donna : Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
4. Melody: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
5. Montréal: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
6. The Insane Rage: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
7. In It For The Long Run: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
8. Getting Signed: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
9. Orchestration: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
10.Leeds & The Second Workshop: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
11.The Orchestra: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
12.Shakespeare In Berlin: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
13.Countdown To The Premiere: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
14.Kate & Zebulon: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]
15.Fireworks: Prima Donna – The Story of an Opera [Documentary]

 

Milwaukee at Last! DVD

1. This Is Me
2. Release The Stars – Live
3. Brooches 1
4. Going To A Town – Live
5. Sanssouci – Live
6. Rules And Regulations – Live
7. Brooches 2
8. Tulsa – Live
9. The Art Teacher – Live
10.Brooches 3
11.Tiergarten – Live
12.Leaving For Paris No. 2 – Live
13.Get Up To Dance
14.Between My Legs – Live
15.Interval
16.Do I Disappoint You – Live
17.A Foggy Day – Live
18.If Love Were All – Live
19.Nobody’s Off The Hook – Live
20.Beautiful Child – Live
21.Not Ready To Love – Live
22.Slideshow – Live
23.Macushla – Live
24.14th Street – Live
25.Playing-out And Changing-up
26.Coming Out
27.I Don’t Know What It Is – Live
28.Pretty Things – Live
29.La Complainte De La Butte – Live
30.Glamming-up Onstage And Changing Backstage
31.Get Happy – Live
32.Gay Messiah – Live
33.Credits
34.Grey Gardens – Live
35.Verdi: Rehearsing For A Wedding [La traviata / Act 1]
36.Not Ready To Love – Live from Montreux Jazz Festival 2007
37.14th Street – Live from Montreux Jazz Festival 2007
38.Get Happy – Live from Montreux Jazz Festival 2007

 

Live at the Fillmore DVD

1. DVD Intro (Rufus Wainwright/Live At The Fillmore)
2. L’absence – Live at the Fillmore
3. 14th Street – Live At The Fillmore [Music Video]
4. Harvester Of Hearts – Live at the Fillmore
5. Natasha – Live at the Fillmore
6. The Art Teacher – Live at the Fillmore
7. Hallelujah – Live At The Fillmore [Music Video]
8. Matinee Idol – Live at the Fillmore
9. Vibrate – Live At The Fillmore [Music Video]
10.Gay Messiah – Live at the Fillmore
11.Want – Live at the Fillmore
12.Greek Song – Live at the Fillmore
13.Foolish – Live at the Fillmore
14.I Don’t Know What It Is – Live at the Fillmore
15.Dinner At Eight – Live at the Fillmore
16.Beautiful Child – Live at the Fillmore
17.Oh What A World – Live at the Fillmore
18.Liberty Cabbage – Live at the Fillmore
19.California – Live at the Fillmore
20.As In Happy – Live at the Fillmore
21.DVD Credits (Rufus Wainwright/Live At The Fillmore)

 Release The Stars DVD

1. Track By Track interview
2. The Art Teacher – Sympatico/MSN Presents Live @ The Orange Lounge
3. Rebel Prince – Sympatico/MSN Presents Live @ The Orange Lounge
4. Gay Messiah – Sympatico/MSN Presents Live @ The Orange Lounge
5. Vibrate – Sympatico/MSN Presents Live @ The Orange Lounge

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  1. Sharock says:

    gah-gah gorgegous packaging. was fortunate enough to catch rufus doing judy in london. ahhhmazing!

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