CD Ry Cooder (CD 426041),
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2. France Chance
3. One Meatball
4. Do Re Mi
5. My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine and Dandelion Wine)
6. How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?
7. Available Space
9. Police Dog Blues
10. Goin' to Brownsville
11. Dark Is the Night
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6402
Lenny Waronker; Van Dyke Parks; Van Dyke Parks; Lenny Waronker
Lee Herschberg; Doug Botnick; Rudy Hill; Bob Kovacs; James Lowe; Lee Herschberg; Doug Botnick; Rudy Hill
Adapter: Ry Cooder.
Personnel: Ry Cooder (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Ry Cooder (bass instrument); Gloria Jones (vocals, background vocals); Chris Ethridge, Max Bennett, Roy Estrada (bass instrument); John Barbata (drums); Bobby Bruce (violin); Van Dyke Parks (piano, keyboards); Richie Hayward (drums); Milt Holland (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Lee Herschberg.
Photographers: Frank Bez; Susan Titelman.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chris Ethridge; Richie Hayward; Roy Estrada; Milt Holland; Max Bennett; Bobby Bruce; John Barbeda.
Arrangers: Van Dyke Parks; Kirby Johnson.
A sonic chameleon of sorts, Ry Cooder has always been on the forefront of popular music. Whether as a session musician (with the Rolling Stones, Randy Newman, and others) or a film-score composer (most notably in collaboration with director Wim Wenders), Cooder has succeeded in incorporating diverse styles of music into his personal sound. This self-titled 1970 release features Cooder in a blues-rock mode that also touches on a wide range of musical influences.
"Police Dog Blues" and "Dark Is the Night" are straight-up blues numbers that feature Cooder's incredible slide-guitar playing. "Pigmeat," however, finds Cooder in a different setting, exploring gritty Dixieland music. "Do Re Mi" and "My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine & Dandelion Wine)" move in yet another direction, easing into a funky, lazy groove reminiscent of the Band's MUSIC FROM BIG PINK. On several tracks, Cooder is supported by the unique orchestral arrangements of Kirby Johnson, which add color and texture to this excellent outing.
Rolling Stone (2/4/71, p.56) - "...Cooder is the finest, most precise bottleneck player alive today..."
Rolling Stone (9/30/71, p.42) - "...one of the most completely realized attempts at a contemporary approach to blues..."
Q (8/95, p.137) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Cooder's ability to emulate the idiosyncrasy of his pre-pop heroes without imitating them on one hand or bowdlerising them on the other may yet be his genius, if not his fortune."
Mojo (Publisher) (7/95, p.113) - "Eponymous debut finds our Ryland firmly in the grip of his mission to rediscover American folk....Guthrie's 'Do Re Mi', Blind Boy Blake's 'Police Dog Blues' and the barmy 'One Meat Ball' make for a formidable introduction."
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