The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The first multi-label spanning, American released Ry Cooder compilation does its best to present a coherent portrait of a musician whose wildly eclectic recordings and broad, four decade (and counting) list of releases makes that job all but impossible. Certainly the guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer and coordinator of the successful Buena Vista Social Club reunion deserves a comprehensive box set. But even then it would be difficult to follow his diverse recorded accomplishments that range from '60s work with Captain Beefheart and Taj Mahal, to sessions with Little Feat and the Rolling Stones, world music side projects, outside productions of other artists, and over a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The first multi-label spanning, American released Ry Cooder compilation does its best to present a coherent portrait of a musician whose wildly eclectic recordings and broad, four decade (and counting) list of releases makes that job all but impossible. Certainly the guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer and coordinator of the successful Buena Vista Social Club reunion deserves a comprehensive box set. But even then it would be difficult to follow his diverse recorded accomplishments that range from '60s work with Captain Beefheart and Taj Mahal, to sessions with Little Feat and the Rolling Stones, world music side projects, outside productions of other artists, and over a dozen solo albums that mix folk, soul, funk, rock, country blues, gospel, and Tex-Mex, among other styles. This 34-cut double-disc package, compiled by Cooder's son and musical companion Joachim, does an excellent job cherrypicking well-known nuggets along with a batch of obscurities from his father's voluminous output, resulting in an intriguing, enlightening, and above all listenable sonic résumé. Rather than arrange his father's songs in chronological order, the younger Cooder decided to take the organic approach of presenting the material in a more cohesive fashion. He mixes and matches items from papa Cooder's 1970 debut through 2008's I, Flathead to maximum effect without the jarring segues that might occur if sequencing was done in a time based manner. The elder Cooder provides short, occasionally odd, usually humorous blurbs about each track in the accompanying booklet, shedding a bit of light on the tunes, and in the case of the selections from films such as Southern Comfort, The Long Riders, and Paris, Texas, the directors he worked with. One previously unreleased tune, a passable version of "Let's Work Together" performed with Buckwheat Zydeco is here, perhaps as an enticement to collectors. But it's Joachim's excavations into his dad's deep catalog to resurrect oddities such as "Smells Like Money" from the Johnny Handsome flick and gems like the Willie Dixon/Cooder jointly composed "Which Came First" from The Slide Area that make this collection so enjoyable. Eagle eyed admirers might lament that nothing from 1978's impressive genre excursion Jazz is included, but Cooder's phenomenal slide guitar skills, and somewhat limited vocal abilities, are well displayed throughout the two-and-a-quarter hour running time. The song that helps provide the unusual title for the disc, "UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto," is M.I.A. and surely there are fan favorites that didn't make the cut due to limited space, but this is an impressive and relatively inclusive recap that is a fine starting point for anyone interested in delving into Ry Cooder's extensive and influential career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227989194
  • Catalog Number: 515893
  • Sales rank: 79,052

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ry Cooder Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Mandola, Vibes, Slack Key Guitar, Tres, tiple, Hosaphone
Buckwheat Zydeco Accordion, Vocals
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Saxophone, MIDI Sax
Osamu Kitajima Biwa, Koto
John Hiatt Background Vocals
Bobby King Vocals, Background Vocals
David Lindley Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Saz, Electric Guitar
Van Dyke Parks Piano, Keyboards
Plas Johnson Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Barron Organ, Piano
Jorge Calderon Bass, Electric Bass
Gloria Jones Vocals
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums
Dan Penn Vocals
Jimmy Adams Background Vocals
George Bohannon Trombone, Baritone Horn
Curt Bouterse Dulcimer, Flute, Tin Flute
Oscar Brashear Cornet
Bill Bryson Bass
Red Callender Bass
Chaka Khan Background Vocals
Joachim Cooder Drums, Timbales
Walter Cook Vocals
Miguel Cruz Percussion
James Luther Dickinson Organ, Bass, Piano, Vocals, Dolceola
Tim Drummond Bass
John Duke Bass
Chris Ethridge Bass, Electric Bass
Terry Evans Vocals, Background Vocals
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
Cliff Givens Background Vocals
William "Bill" Greene Background Vocals
Jesse Harms Synthesizer
Roger Hawkins Drums
Milt Holland Percussion, Drums
Bill Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
David Mansfield Violin, Cello
Kazu Matsui Shakuhachi
Tommy McClure Bass
George McCurn Vocals
Gene Mumford Vocals
Baboo Pierre Percussion
Benny Powell Trombone
Greg Prestopino Background Vocals
Karl Russell Vocals
Tom Sauber Fiddle
Marc-Andre Savoie Accordion
Russ Titelman Electric Bass, Vocals
William D. "Smitty" Smith Organ, Piano, Vocals
Gayle Levant Harp
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Willie Green Jr. Background Vocals
Pico Payne Background Vocals
Steve Douglas Saxophone
Willie Green Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo Bass
Fred Jackson Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Richard Jones Vocals
George Bohanon Trombone, Baritone Horn
Herman "P Nut" Johnson Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobby "Blanco" King Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Jones Vocals
Juliette Commagere Vocals
Marc Savoie Accordion
Walter Cook Vocals
Fred Jackson Jr. Tenor Saxophone
George Pierre Percussion
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Skip James Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Ry Cooder Arranger, Composer, Producer, Adaptation, Audio Production
Van Dyke Parks Producer, Audio Production
Wilbert Harrison Composer
Dickey Doo Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Jim Keltner Composer
Agnes "Sis" Cunningham Composer
George Washington Phillips Composer
Dan Penn Composer
David Ahlert Engineer
James Austin Executive Producer
Dan Bosworth Engineer
Douglas Botnick Engineer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Judy Clapp Engineer
Joachim Cooder Composer, Audio Production
Nick DeCaro Arranger, String Arrangements
James Luther Dickinson Producer, Audio Production
Tim Drummond Composer
Mark Ettel Engineer
John Fry Engineer
Clark Germain Engineer
Bernie Grundman Remastering
Jesús Guzmán Arranger
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Rudy Hill Engineer
Larry Hirsch Engineer
Kirby Johnson Orchestration
Bob Kovacs Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Mark Linett Engineer
Chips Moman Composer
Doc Pomus Composer
Richard Rosebrough Engineer
Mike Ross Engineer
Allen Sides Engineer
Don Smith Engineer
Russ Titelman Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lenny Waronker Producer, Audio Production
Billy Young Composer
Gene Aguilera Composer
Craig Porteils Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut Engineer
William Robert Emerson Composer
Welton Young Composer
Steve Douglas MIDI
Eric Rudd Engineer
Steve Woolard Discographical Annotation
Loyd Clifft Engineer
Alfred Reed Composer
Martin Pradler Engineer
Lorenzo Barcelata Composer
Marion Smith Composer
Sidney Bailey Composer
Tony Chiappa Engineer
Jeff Smith Art Direction
Traditional Composer
George Bohanon Arranger, Horn Arrangements
William Garcia Composer
Michael Ondaatje Liner Notes
Al Quattrocchi Art Direction
Jesus Guzman Arranger
Jim Lowe Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Founder of Americana

    I remember hearing Ry Cooder on FM radio in the 70s. Listening to this collection reveals that he was one of the founders of the "Americana" music genre. Not all the songs are great but followers of the Band, Little Feat, or alt country should find lots to like. Be warned that Ry does not have one of the great voices in music, to put it kindly.However, he plays a means slide guitar and composes some fine film score music. He has an anthology of movie music titled Music by Ry Cooder that I plan to look into someday.

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