The Border/Alamo Bay [Original Soundtracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The folks at Raven Records in Australia must have a blast assembling projects. This pairing of two 1980s Ry Cooder soundtracks is a case in point. The Border, composed and released in 1982, was the soundtrack to Tony Richardson's film The Border, and 1985's Alamo Bay was directed by Louis Malle. The interesting thing about these soundtracks is that they come immediately after Cooder's successful collaboration with Walter Hill on The Long Riders and Southern Comfort, and as the before-and-after bookends to his enigmatic score for Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas. The score for The Border is perfectly balanced. Cooder's slide work is always touted, but also noteworthy is his ability ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The folks at Raven Records in Australia must have a blast assembling projects. This pairing of two 1980s Ry Cooder soundtracks is a case in point. The Border, composed and released in 1982, was the soundtrack to Tony Richardson's film The Border, and 1985's Alamo Bay was directed by Louis Malle. The interesting thing about these soundtracks is that they come immediately after Cooder's successful collaboration with Walter Hill on The Long Riders and Southern Comfort, and as the before-and-after bookends to his enigmatic score for Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas. The score for The Border is perfectly balanced. Cooder's slide work is always touted, but also noteworthy is his ability to virtually disappear in the mix when collaborating with Flaco Jimenez, Freddy Fender, Jim Dickinson, Jim Keltner, and Sam "The Sham" Samudio. The haunting title track, "Across the Borderline," sung by Fender, is among the most beautiful and literate cuts Cooder has ever written. The cantina music by Jimenez and Samudio is utterly evocative. Check the tunes with Samudio on vocals, such as "Palomita" and "No Quiero," to get the laid-back, sun-up feel. Then there's John Hiatt. Hiatt was at the beginning of his association with Cooder. He helped to pen some of the better cuts on the set, including the aforementioned "Across the Borderline" and the bluesy garage rock jam "Skin Game." His high-whine vocals are perfect for the tension between cultures and reflect the conflict of Jack Nicholson's character as a principled U.S. border guard. Alamo Bay, Malle's picture that pits American shrimpers against refugee Vietnamese on the south coast of Texas, is another study in contrasts. Once more, Cooder assembles an all-star band that includes Hiatt, Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo, Lee Ving, Van Dyke Parks, David Lindley, Keltner, Chris Ethridge, David Mansfield, and Dickinson. The theme features Cooder's acoustic slide amidst strings (including Gayle Levant's harp), piano, and ambient sounds. The ethereal airy feel is swallowed whole by the raunchy electric roadhouse blues of "Gooks on Main Street," and dislocated once more on the country ballad "Too Close," performed by Hiatt with actress Amy Madigan, only to shift again with the sinister slide guitar and harmonica Eastern modal blues of "Klan Meeting," an instrumental. The score weaves and wends through barroom shouters, panoramic instrumentals, ballads, Tex Mex, and conjunto. Placing both recordings on a single disc is a rare and exotic treat, and gives great insight into the complex yet visionary artist Cooder is, and just how his music is the perfect accompaniment to visuals yet stands completely on its own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657020920
  • Catalog Number: 209
  • Sales rank: 15,883

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Earthquake (1:05)
  2. 2 Across the Borderline (2:57)
  3. 3 Maria (1:09)
  4. 4 Texas Bop (2:25)
  5. 5 Highway 23 (1:55)
  6. 6 Palomita (2:50)
  7. 7 Rio Grande (1:49)
  8. 8 Too Late (3:13)
  9. 9 No Quiero (2:43)
  10. 10 Skin Game (6:07)
  11. 11 El Scorcho (1:13)
  12. 12 Building Fires (4:20)
  13. 13 Nino (1:52)
  14. 14 Theme from Alamo Bay (5:07)
  15. 15 Gooks on Main Street (3:53)
  16. 16 Too Close (3:23)
  17. 17 Klan Meeting (2:46)
  18. 18 Sailfish Evening (3:59)
  19. 19 The Last Sound (Alamo Bay) (2:59)
  20. 20 Quatro Vicios (3:29)
  21. 21 Search & Destroy (5:07)
  22. 22 Glory (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ry Cooder Primary Artist, Guitar, Accordion, Vocals, Bajo Sexto
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Saxophone
Osamu Kitajima Biwa, Koto
John Hiatt Guitar, Vocals
David Lindley Saz
Van Dyke Parks Piano
Jorge Calderon Bass
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums
Ras Baboo Percussion
James Luther Dickinson Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals
Tim Drummond Bass
Chris Ethridge Bass
Freddy Fender Vocals
William "Bill" Greene Vocals
David Hidalgo Vocals
Amy Madigan Vocals
David Mansfield Violin, Cello
Kazu Matsui Shakuhachi
Brenda Patterson Vocals
Emil Richards Percussion
Cesar Rosas Vocals
Domingo "Sam" Samudio Organ, Vocals
Lee Ving Harmonica, Vocals
Gayle Levant Harp
David Cuomo Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Ry Cooder Arranger, Composer, Producer
James Luther Dickinson Composer
Mark Ettel Engineer
Domingo "Sam" Samudio Composer
Allen Sides Engineer
Glenn A. Baker Liner Notes, Concept
Warren Barnett Mastering
Traditional Composer
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