Roots of Ry Cooder [Reissue]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
In his many-faceted career as a producer, session musician, solo artist, and soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder has drawn continually on the deep roots of American music, reinventing and refocusing the old into the new in a nearly seamless balancing act. This fine collection of vintage roots material from Britain's Catfish Records visits some of Cooder's musical sources and influences, and the result is a wonderful snapshot of 1920s and Depression era rural America. Included here are the natural storytelling talents of Sleepy John Estes on "Brownsville Blues," the haunting, primal pain of Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)," the dark joy of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
In his many-faceted career as a producer, session musician, solo artist, and soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder has drawn continually on the deep roots of American music, reinventing and refocusing the old into the new in a nearly seamless balancing act. This fine collection of vintage roots material from Britain's Catfish Records visits some of Cooder's musical sources and influences, and the result is a wonderful snapshot of 1920s and Depression era rural America. Included here are the natural storytelling talents of Sleepy John Estes on "Brownsville Blues," the haunting, primal pain of Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)," the dark joy of "Viola Lee Blues" by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, and the indignant Depression classic"How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live" by Blind Alfred Reed. The two-part "You Can't Stop a Tattler" by Washington Phillips is a chiming, charming and oddly contemporary-sounding delight. As a guide to the deep wellsprings of American music, Ry Cooder has been invaluable, and by compiling this collection of his sources, Catfish has given us a wonderful introduction to the music that came before Top 40, MTV and Clear Channel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Snapper Uk
  • UPC: 636551003728
  • Catalog Number: 37
  • Sales rank: 136,930

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do Re Mi - Woody Guthrie (2:35)
  2. 2 Pigmeat Papa (3:16)
  3. 3 Police Dog Blues - Blind Blake (2:53)
  4. 4 Brownsville Blues (3:08)
  5. 5 Dark Was the Night (3:21)
  6. 6 On a Monday (1:50)
  7. 7 Vigilante Man - Woody Guthrie (3:23)
  8. 8 Cherry Ball Blues (2:51)
  9. 9 Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Them All - Fiddlin' John Carson (2:52)
  10. 10 The Bourgeois Blues (5:35)
  11. 11 You Can't Stop a Tattler, Pt. 1 (2:53)
  12. 12 You Can't Stop a Tattler, Pt. 2 (2:48)
  13. 13 Diddie Wah Diddie (2:58)
  14. 14 How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live (3:12)
  15. 15 Viola Lee Blues (3:08)
  16. 16 Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson (2:40)
  17. 17 Goodnight Irene (2:54)
  18. 18 Statesboro Blues (2:30)
  19. 19 Poor Me (2:58)
  20. 20 Candy Man Blues (2:47)
  21. 21 Corrine, Corrina - Bo Carter (3:17)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Bo Chatmon Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Traditional Composer
Pat Harrison Liner Notes
Cliff Dane Director
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