Ry Cooder: 1970-1987 [Box]

Track List

>France Chance
>One Meat Ball
>Do Re Mi
>Old Kentucky Home
>How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live?
>Available Space
>Pig Meat
>Police Dog Blues
>Goin' To Brownsville
>Dark is the Night
>How Can You Keep On Moving
>Billy the Kid
>Money Honey
>F.D.R. in Trinidad
>Teardrops Will Fall
>Denomination Blues
>On a Monday
>Hey Porter
>Great Dreams From Heaven
>Taxes On the Farmer Feeds Us All
>Vigilante Man
>Boomer's Story
>Cherry Ball Blues
>Crow Black Chicken
>Ax Sweet Mama
>Maria Elena
>Dark End of the Street
>Rally 'Round the Flag
>Comin' In On a Wing and a Prayer
>President Kennedy
>Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man
>Tamp 'Em Up Solid
>Married Man's a Fool
>Jesus On the Mainline
>It's All Over Now
>I'm a Fool For a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
>If Walls Could Talk
>Mexican Divorce
>Ditty Wa Ditty
>Bourgeious Blues, The
>I Got Mine
>Always Lift Him Up
>He'll Have To Go
>Smack Dab In the Middle
>Stand By Me
>Yellow Roses
>Goodnight Irene
>School is Out
>Jesus On the Mainline
>Dark End of the Street, The
>Viva Sequin/Do Re Mi
>Volver, Volver
>How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
>Smack Dab In the Middle
>Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now
>Face To Face That I Shall Meet Him
>Pearls/Tia Juana, The
>Dream, The
>Happy Meeting In Glory
>In a Mist
>Davenport Blues
>We Shall Be Happy
>Little Sister
>Go Home, Girl
>Very Thing That Makes You Rich, The (Makes Me Poor)
>I Think It's Going To Work Out Fine
>Down In Hollywood
>Look At Granny Run Run
>Trouble, You Can't Fool Me
>Don't You Mess Up a Good Thing
>I Can't Win
>Why Don't You Try Me
>Down In the Boondocks
>Johnny Porter
>Way We Make a Broken Heart, The
>Crazy 'Bout an Automobile (Every Woman I Know)
>Girls From Texas, The
>Never Make Your Move Too Soon
>Ufo Has Landed In the Ghetto
>I Need a Woman
>Gypsy Woman
>Blue Suede Shoes
>Mama, Don't Treat Your Daughter Mean
>I'm Drinking Again
>Which Came First
>That's the Way Love Turned Out For Me
>Get Rhythm
>Going Back To Okinawa
>13 Question Method
>Women Will Rule the World
>All Shook Up
>I Can Tell By the Way You Smell
>Across the Border Line
>Let's Have a Ball

Album Notes

Recording information: Ocean Way Recording (12/14/1976-12/15/1976); Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles (12/14/1976-12/15/1976); Santa Monica (12/14/1976-12/15/1976); The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco (12/14/1976-12/15/1976); Warner Bros. Recording Studio, Burbank, CA (12/14/1976-12/15/1976).

Photographers: David Alexander ; Susan Titelman.

Ry Cooder is not frequently considered a prolific recording artist, yet he has amassed a sizeable catalog of original albums and film scores over the decades. He has also participated in some truly and even historic projects from the 1960s on, including the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal, the Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Little Village, and the Buena Vista Social Club. Likewise, many of his collaborative dates are regarded as particularly noteworthy, especially his albums with Ali Farka Touré, V.M. Bhatt, Manuel Galban, and the Chieftains. This box collects in encyclopedic fashion Cooder's solo records for Warner beginning with his self-titled debut album and continues through his final album for the label proper, the brief yet classic Get Rhythm. In between, are Into the Purple Valley, Boomer's Story, Paradise and Lunch, Chicken Skin Music, Show Time, Jazz, Bop 'Til You Drop, Borderline, and The Slide Area. None of his soundtracks from this period are included -- too bad, actually. When tolled and juxtaposed with more recent recordings for Nonesuch, including his L.A. trilogy -- Chávez Ravine, My Name Is Buddy, I, Flathead: The Songs of Kash Buk & the Klowns -- and even Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, it is obvious that Cooder has been mining a deep, rich vein in his exploration of North American, Hawaiian music, country, folk, blues, mariachi, Tejano, Norteño, rock & roll, swing, and more, placing them in a variety of contexts, all of which yield meaning as they underscore musical and cultural history and what gets lost as it evolves. He is not a preservationist, but one of our great historians. Each chapter in his recorded legacy is worthy of investigation. As is de rigueur in this Rhino series, each album is presented bare bones, in a paper LP-cover sleeve with original, scaled-down art contained in a cardboard slipcase sans bonus material or booklet. That said, given the price, having these records in one place -- as they've all been in and out of print over the past couple of decades -- is a real plus for fans. ~ Thom Jurek


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