by Ry Cooder


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2013
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227962418
catalogNumber: 537580


Disc 1

  1. Alimony
  2. France Chance
  3. One Meat Ball
  4. Do Re Mi
  5. Old Kentucky Home
  6. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live?
  7. Available Space
  8. Pig Meat
  9. Police Dog Blues
  10. Goin' To Brownsville
  11. Dark is the Night

Disc 2

  1. How Can You Keep On Moving
  2. Billy the Kid
  3. Money Honey
  4. F.D.R. in Trinidad
  5. Teardrops Will Fall
  6. Denomination Blues
  7. On a Monday
  8. Hey Porter
  9. Great Dreams From Heaven
  10. Taxes On the Farmer Feeds Us All
  11. Vigilante Man

Disc 3

  1. Boomer's Story
  2. Cherry Ball Blues
  3. Crow Black Chicken
  4. Ax Sweet Mama
  5. Maria Elena
  6. Dark End of the Street
  7. Rally 'Round the Flag
  8. Comin' In On a Wing and a Prayer
  9. President Kennedy
  10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man

Disc 4

  1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
  2. Tattler
  3. Married Man's a Fool
  4. Jesus On the Mainline
  5. It's All Over Now
  6. I'm a Fool For a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
  7. If Walls Could Talk
  8. Mexican Divorce
  9. Ditty Wa Ditty

Disc 5

  1. The Bourgeious Blues
  2. I Got Mine
  3. Always Lift Him Up
  4. He'll Have To Go
  5. Smack Dab In the Middle
  6. Stand By Me
  7. Yellow Roses
  8. Chloe
  9. Goodnight Irene

Disc 6

  1. School is Out
  2. Alimony
  3. Jesus On the Mainline
  4. The Dark End of the Street
  5. Viva Sequin/Do Re Mi
  6. Volver, Volver
  7. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
  8. Smack Dab In the Middle

Disc 7

  1. Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now
  2. Face To Face That I Shall Meet Him
  3. The Pearls/Tia Juana
  4. The Dream
  5. Happy Meeting In Glory
  6. In a Mist
  7. Flashes
  8. Davenport Blues
  9. Shine
  10. Nobody
  11. We Shall Be Happy

Disc 8

  1. Little Sister
  2. Go Home, Girl
  3. The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor)
  4. I Think It's Going To Work Out Fine
  5. Down In Hollywood
  6. Look At Granny Run Run
  7. Trouble, You Can't Fool Me
  8. Don't You Mess Up a Good Thing
  9. I Can't Win

Disc 9

  1. 634-5789
  2. Speedo
  3. Why Don't You Try Me
  4. Down In the Boondocks
  5. Johnny Porter
  6. The Way We Make a Broken Heart
  7. Crazy 'Bout an Automobile (Every Woman I Know)
  8. The Girls From Texas
  9. Borderline
  10. Never Make Your Move Too Soon

Disc 10

  1. Ufo Has Landed In the Ghetto
  2. I Need a Woman
  3. Gypsy Woman
  4. Blue Suede Shoes
  5. Mama, Don't Treat Your Daughter Mean
  6. I'm Drinking Again
  7. Which Came First
  8. That's the Way Love Turned Out For Me

Disc 11

  1. Get Rhythm
  2. Low--Commotion
  3. Going Back To Okinawa
  4. 13 Question Method
  5. Women Will Rule the World
  6. All Shook Up
  7. I Can Tell By the Way You Smell
  8. Across the Border Line
  9. Let's Have a Ball

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ry Cooder   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Harp,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes,tiple,Bottleneck Guitar
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals
Bobby King   Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices
David Lindley   Guitar,Mandolin
Van Dyke Parks   Piano,Keyboards
Tom Collier   Marimbas,Vibes
Earl Hines   Piano
Plas Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Barron   Organ,Guitar,Piano
Jorge Calderon   Electric Bass
Gloria Jones   Voices
Jim Keltner   Drums
Joseph Byrd   Conductor
Jimmy Adams   Background Vocals
Randall Aldcroft   Trombone
Larry Blackmon   Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Barbeda   Musician
Oscar Brashear   Cornet
Stuart Brotman   Cymbalom
Bobby Bruce   Musician
Red Callender   Bass,Tuba
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Walter Cook   Voices
Miguel Cruz   Percussion
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Tim Drummond   Bass
John Duke   Bass
Roy Estrada   Musician
Chris Ethridge   Electric Bass,Musician
Terry Evans   Vocals
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Isaac Garcia   Drums
Mario Guarneri   Cornet
Jesse Harms   Synthesizer
Richie Hayward   Musician
Milt Holland   Percussion,Drums,Musician
Bill Hood   Bass Saxophone
Bill Johnson   Background Vocals,Voices
Eldridge King   Vocals
Randy Lorenzo   Background Vocals
Reggie McBride   Bass
George McCurn   Voices
George McFadden   Background Vocals
Gene Mumford   Voices
Tom Pedrini   Bass
George Pierre   Percussion
Harvey Pittel   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jesse Ponce   Bajo Sexto
Pat Rizzo   Alto Saxophone
John Rodby   Piano
Karl Russell   Voices
Willie Schwartz   Clarinet
David Sherr   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Harry Dean Stanton   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Barbara Starkey   Pump Organ
Russ Titelman   Electric Bass,Voices
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Max Bennet   Musician
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Mark Stevens   Drums
Willie Green   Vocals
Pico Payne   Background Vocals
George Bohanon   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Steve Douglas   Saxophone
Richard Jones   Voices
Cliff Givins   Background Vocals
Chuck Berghoffer   Bass
Patrick Henderson   Organ
Henry "Big Red" Ojeda   Bass
Frank Villarreal   Alto Saxophone
Herman Johnson   Background Vocals
Greg Prestopine   Background Vocals
Buell Niedlinger   Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Walter Davis   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Sleepy John Estes   Composer
Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Joseph Spence   Adaptation
Chuck Berry   Composer
Ry Cooder   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   Arranger,Producer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Jim Keltner   Composer
Joseph Byrd   Arranger,Producer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Mississippi Joe Callicott   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer
Arthur Blake   Composer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Nick DeCaro   String Arrangements
Ken Deane   Recording Assistant
James Luther Dickinson   Composer,Producer
Dave Hall   Composer
Wally Heider   Engineer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Rudy Hill   Engineer
Jack the Bear   Composer
Bill Johnson   Arranger
Kirby Johnson   Orchestration
Bob Kovacs   Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Ray Thompson   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Bert Williams   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Raymond Quevedo   Composer
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
Ken Veeder   Cover Photo
John Cabalka   Art Direction
Frank Bez   Cover Photo
Mickey Ingalls   Music Librarian
Susan Titelman   Paintings,Back Cover Photo
Ford Dabney   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Louis Singer   Composer
Steven M. Martin   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
George Bohanon   Horn Arrangements
Jess Pickett   Composer
Douglas Decker   Engineer
Doug Botnick   Engineer
B.L. Jones   Composer
Jim Lowe   Engineer
David Rivas   Recording Assistant
Masaru Mera   Cover Photo
Kalan Brunink   Paintings
Alfred Reed   Composer

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