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Music by Ry Cooder
     

Music by Ry Cooder

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by Ry Cooder
 
Since he's a limited vocalist with erratic songwriting skills, one could justifiably argue that the soundtrack medium is the best vehicle for Ry Cooder's talents, allowing him to construct eclectic, chiefly instrumental pieces drawing upon all sorts of roots music and ethnic flavors (often, but not always, employing his excellent blues and slide guitar). This two-CD,

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Since he's a limited vocalist with erratic songwriting skills, one could justifiably argue that the soundtrack medium is the best vehicle for Ry Cooder's talents, allowing him to construct eclectic, chiefly instrumental pieces drawing upon all sorts of roots music and ethnic flavors (often, but not always, employing his excellent blues and slide guitar). This two-CD, 34-song compilation gathers excerpts from 11 of the soundtracks he worked on between 1980 and 1993 (three of the cuts, from the 1981 film Southern Comfort, are previously unreleased). As few listeners (even Cooder fans) are dedicated enough to go to the trouble of finding all of his individual soundtracks, this is a good distillation of many of his more notable contributions in this idiom, although it inevitably leaves out some fine moments. Still, it's well programmed and evocative, often conjuring visions of ghostly landscapes and funky border towns.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/1995
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0093624598725
catalogNumber:
1008370
Rank:
28688

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ry Cooder   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar
Osamu Kitajima   Biwa,Koto
R. Carlos Nakai   Flute,Vocals
Jon Hassell   Trumpet
John Hiatt   Guitar
Bobby King   Percussion
David Lindley   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Saz,Electric Guitar
Van Dyke Parks   Piano
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Jorge Calderon   Bass
Jim Keltner   Drums
Ras Baboo   Percussion
Harold Battiste   Soprano Saxophone
George Bohannon   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Oscar Brashear   Cornet
Bill Bryson   Bass
Miguel Cruz   Percussion
James Luther Dickinson   Organ,Piano
Tim Drummond   Bass
Nathan East   Bass
Freddy Fender   Vocals
William "Bill" Greene   Percussion
Milt Holland   Percussion
David Mansfield   Violin,Cello
Loren Marsteller   Euphonium
Kazu Matsui   Shakuhachi
Alan Pasqua   Synthesizer
Baboo Pierre   Percussion
Emil Richards   Percussion
Domingo "Sam" Samudio   Organ,Background Vocals
Tom Sauber   Banjo,Guitar
Marc-Andre Savoie   Accordion
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica
Gayle Levant   Harp
Jones Benally   Chant
Madjid Khaladj   Tombak
Walt Sereth   Soprano Saxophone
Dean Stanton   Piano
Steve Douglas   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ry Cooder   Producer,Contributor
Jim Keltner   Contributor
Joachim Cooder   Producer
Kirby Johnson   Arranger
Domingo "Sam" Samudio   Composer
Michelle Manning   Contributor
James Dickinson   Composer

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Music by Ry Cooder 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This is a fine atmospheric collection. However, I was really bothered by King of the Street, a drug dealer's obscenity-laced rant and the first track on Disc 2. It was jarring and seemed to have little to do with the rest of the music. I was a bit surprised it did not earn this set a warning label. I'm docking this anthology a star because of it. Anyone interested in Cooder should buy his The UFO Has Landed 2 CD collection.