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The Prodigal SonThe first solo album for six years by the enduringly influential Ry Cooder, The Prodigal Son, will be released by Fantasy Records.
Recorded in Hollywood, it was produced by Ry with his son and chief collaborator, Joachim Cooder. It's described as a musical depiction of modern America through the songs of the Pilgrim Travellers, the Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson and Cooder himself (above photo credit: Joachim Cooder).
The 11-track set features three Cooder originals, which sit along his personal selection of favorite spirituals of the last century which have great resonance in the modern world. "I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today," says the artist.
"There's some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. 'Reverence' is a word I heard my granddaughter's nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, 'We don't want to teach religion, but instill reverence.' I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music."
The new set further extends the deep contribution made by Cooder to modern music and culture that dates back nearly 50 years. As a singer, writer, producer, guitarist and muse, he remains a unique voice and inspiration, with a vast catalog of solo albums, collaborations, guest appearances and soundtracks. His last studio set was 2012's Election Special.1. Straight Street
2. Shrinking Man
4. Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right
5. The Prodigal Son
6. Nobody's Fault But Mine
7. You Must Unload
8. I'll Be Rested When The Roll Is Called
9. Harbor Of Love
10. Jesus And Woody
11. In His Care$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Haden TripletsThird Man Records is proud to present the debut album from The Haden Triplets. These are songs steeped in history and sung in a close harmony
that could only be achieved from sharing a lifetime of sisterly togetherness and a near psychic vocal interplay that can only come from being born mere
seconds apart from each other. It's been rendered and produced beautifully by American music legend Ry Cooder.
This is an album expanding on an American musical tradition. It is not pastiche or a tribute, but rather a direct antecedent and extension of the original folk legacy that is being exhibited within these songs.
Here's a little more about it in the Haden's own words.
During our early life, we were surrounded by music on both sides of our family. We visited our dad's family in Missouri, where they taught us old country songs they used to perform on the radio as The Haden Family. Our grandparents on our mother's side used to sing us to sleep with old Yiddish songs. Growing up, we often had music playing in the house, whether it be our mom playing Billie Holiday and Nina Simone records, or our dad playing Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman in the living room.
We met Ry when we played with his son Joachim, and Joachim asked him if he'd sit in for our show. Once Ry heard we were singing "Voice From On High" by Bill Monroe, he was in right away. The next day we got a call from Ry suggesting we record an album. We wrote down a collection of songs we all liked, then narrowed it down to the music that became the Haden Triplets album. These songs are rich in history, and by recording them we hope to help keep them alive. - Tanya, Rachel & Petra Haden
Produced by Ry Cooder (Buena Vista Social Club, Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Paris, Texas)and mixed by Martin Pradler (Robbie Robertson, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy)1. Slowly I'm Falling
2. Single Girl, Married Girl
3. Voice from on High
4. Memories of Mother and Dad
6. Making Believe
7. When I Stop Dreaming
8. My Baby's Gone
9. Billy Bee
10. A Tiny Broken Heart
11. On a Lonesome Night
12. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
13. Oh Take Me Back$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Partly FictionNo doubt, you've seen Harry Dean Stanton in at least one of his 250 films. But have you heard him sing?
The many facets of Harry Dean Stanton are explored
in Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, a documentary
directed by Sophie Huber, that has been screened at
over 50 festivals, both internationally and in the US
(including its stateside premiere at SXSW in 2013.) It
documents the iconic actor in his intimate moments and
features film clips, as well as Stanton performing his
own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs.
The film explores Stanton's enigmatic outlook on his
life, his unexploited talents as a musician, and includes
scenes with David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard,
Deborah Harry, Kris Kristofferson, and others.
Omnivore Recordings is pleased to bring Stanton's
musical talents to light with the soundtrack to this
This release contains the two tracks from Omnivore's
Record Store Day 7 picture disc, "Tennessee Whiskey," a
cover of the 1983 George Jones hit, and a new version of
"Canción Mixteca," the Mexican folk song Stanton originally
recorded with Ry Cooder for 1984's Paris, Texas (winner
of the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival and
directed by Wenders). This full-length soundtrack features
other classic covers, like "Blue Bayou," "Danny Boy," and
"Help Me Make It Through The Night," written by Stanton
friend (and contributor to the film) Kris Kristofferson.
Just as Harry Dean Stanton marries images and music,
Partly Fiction will appeal to fans of not only Stanton,
but all film and music. This release is a representative
portrait of one of the world's greatest artists, a familiar
face and a distinctive voice.1. Blue Bayou
2. Everybody's Talkin'
3. She Thinks I Still Care
4. Canción Mixteca
5. When I Get My Rewards
6. Promised Land
7. He'll Have To Go
8. Help Me Make It Through The Night
9. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
10. Tennessee Whiskey
11. Hands On The Wheel
12. Danny Boy$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Paradise & Lunch
Desert Island-Worthy Paradise and Lunch Will Renew Your Faith in Music: Diverse 1974 Ry Cooder Set Comes on Like a Secret History of Song, Features Exquisite Interplay and Inspirational Harmonies
Paradise and Lunch Mastered on 180g Vinyl from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity LP Graced With Organic Sound
Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept - music as the common denominator across all languages and styles - to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal musicians' musician record - an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known.
Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, this vinyl LP boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements. Cooder's inspired guitar playing sounds tremendously lifelike, replete with proper scale, full-bodied tones, and a sense of decay that presents the trail ends of each note. Horns pop with three-dimensional detail and brassy colors. Akin to the contributions of all the all-star participants, Jim Keltner's percussion benefits from added stability and depth. Paradise and Lunch has never been more transparent.
On the surface a collection of seemingly disparate jazz, blues, spiritual, and roots songs, the diversified album comes across as a secret history of music. It remains a paragon of seamless convergence in which sonic DNA differences reveal shared traits and quilt a fabric united by feeling, reinvention, and elation. Beginning with a recast rendition of a traditional folk number, Tamp 'Em Up Solid, believed to be a close descendant of the group-vocal tune sung by field hands when they stacked bales of cotton, and ending with a stirring stripped-down cover of Arthur Blake's Ditty Wah Ditty - a show-stealing duet sent up with just an acoustic guitar and jazz icon Earl Fatha Hines' spritely walking-the-line piano riffs - Paradise and Lunch charms with exquisite interplay, inspirational harmonies, and innate flair.
At no point do the experimentations sound forced, artificial, or retro. Cooder transforms what initially appear to be obscurities into coherent, approachable songs that could have been recorded yesterday - or decades ago. In his world, a marvelous reggae-spiced and R&B-driven rendition of Bobby Womack's It's All Over Now coexists with a sanctified, harmony-based march through the gospel hymn Jesus on the Mainline anchored by restrained Dixieland accents and tolling bells. Another standard, albeit more modern, Burt Bacharach's Mexican Divorce strolls across dusty plains via gently clopping beats, shimmering Spanish motifs, and sympathetic support vocals.
Cooder also turns up the electricity a smidge for his idea of Bobby Miller's If Walls Could Talk, a melodic snapshot of doo-wop shot through with reverb-drenched grooves. He rains funky vibes, chicken-scratch slide guitar, and churchgoing lessons down on a top-to-bottom remake of Blind Willie McTell's Married Man's a Fool, the revision evocative of the imagination, proficiency, and blending that help make Paradise and Lunch an absolute must-own album - and now, an audiophile choice for those wished-for Desert Island trips.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
3. Married Man's a Fool
4. Jesus on the Mainline
5. It's All Over Now
6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
7. If Walls Could Talk
8. Mexican Divorce
9. Ditty Wah Ditty$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-NON-9437xRy Cooder & Corridos Famosos
Live in San FranciscoIncludes The Complete Album On Two 140-Gram LPs With A CD In The Sleeve
Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records release Ry Cooder's first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco. Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, the album includes 12 songs and was produced by Cooder.
The Corridos Famosos band includes Joachim Cooder on drums; Robert Francis on bass; vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere; Flaco Jimenez on accordion; and the ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil.
Live in San Francisco includes original songs and interpretations of other material ranging across Cooder's entire career, from classics like "Boomer's Story" and "Dark End of the Street" to more recent originals such as "Lord Tell Me Why" and "El Corrido de Jesse James," with a detour for Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully" and Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene. Cooder's only previous live album was the 1977 release Show Time, on which Evans and Jimenez were also featured. Show Time was also recorded at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.
- Produced by Ry Cooder
- Recorded August 31 & September 1, 2011 at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
- Recorded by Martin Pradler
- Mixed and mastered by Martin Pradler at Wireland Studios, Chatsworth, CA1. Crazy 'Bout an Automobile (Every Woman I Know) (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
2. Why Don't You Try Me (Billy Young)
3. Boomer's Story (Traditional / Carson Robison)
4. Lord Tell Me Why (Ry Cooder)
5. Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie)
6. School Is Out (Gene Barge & Gary Anderson)
7. The Dark End of the Street (Chips Moman & Dan Penn)
8. El Corrido de Jesse James (Ry Cooder)
9. Wooly Bully (Domingo Samudio)
10. Volver Volver (Fernando Maldonado)
11. Vigilante Man (Woody Guthrie)
12. Goodnight Irene (Huddie Ledbetter & John Lomax)$34.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bop Till You DropBop till You Drop is Ry Cooder's ninth album, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). This was the first major-label digitally recorded album of Pop music. It was recorded on a 32-track machine built by 3M.
The album consisted almost entirely of covers of earlier R&B and rock'n'roll classics, including Elvis Presley's Little Sister and the 1965 Fontella Bass-Bobby McClure hit Don't Mess Up a Good Thing, on which Cooder duetted with soul star Chaka Khan, who also performed on the only original track on the album, Down in Hollywood.Side A
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
1. Down In Hollywood
2. Look At Granny Run Run
3. Trouble, You Can't Fool Me
4. Don't Mess Up A Good Thing
5. I Can't Win$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Election SpecialRy Cooder's Election Special, due out from Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records on August 21, 2012, is a wake-up call as the United States heads into the fall election season.
Howdy there neighbor-let me ask you something. Do you really think Charlie and Davy sit around on the couch with family and friends watching re-runs of Dancing with the Stars?, asks Cooder. See, 'Wasting Away in Margaritaville' was a good song in its day, but we need a different kind of a song now if we're going to make headway against the likes of Charlie and Dave. Those type of guys are plenty swift, they're all deacons in the High Church of the Next Dollar. We need to get smarter, fast. The world is full of C and D students in high places and there's more coming up all the time. Don't be one.1. Mutt Romney Blues
2. Brother Is Gone
3. The Wall Street Part Of Town
5. Cold Cold Feeling
6. Going To Tampa
8. The 90 And The 9
9. Take Your Hands Off It$29.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Chicken Skin Music
Give Yourself Goosebumps: Ry Cooder's Cross-Cultural Chicken Skin Music Mixes Hawaiian, Gospel, Conjunto, Folk, and Blues Styles into a Visionary Roots-Music Tapestry
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Natural-Sounding 180g Vinyl LP Features Defined Textures, Intricate Details, Ample Airiness
The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in world music a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior analog edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops.
Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying its own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.
Jimenez, now a legend that's performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dr. John, remains one of the keys to Cooder being able to successfully carry out what the latter deemed a mutuality in music vision. Cooder first heard conjunto accordion fare on a Mexican radio station in his car and proceeded to teach himself the instrument while committing himself to embracing the then-local, regionalized style for the set that became Chicken Skin Music. Jimenez graces three tracks, including a ravishing interpretation of Ben E. King's Stand by Me transformed into a spiritual grounded by a norteno structure and a romantic take on Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go recast with a bolero rhythm and saxophone-accordion duet.
Chicken Skin Music isn't limited to South of the Border geography and tradition. Steel-guitarist and vocalist Gabby Pahinui and slack-key guitar great Atta Isaacs represent the 50th state on stripped-down renditions of Hank Snow's smash Yellow Roses and the wordless Chloe. Elsewhere, gospel singers team with Cooder on the Appalachian-tinted Always Lift Them Up, the midsection of which features the Hawaiian standard Kanaka Wai Wai.
Cooder bookends everything with a pair of Leadbelly numbers - The Bourgeois Blues and Goodnight Irene - chosen after the headliner witnessed Jimenez and his band perform at a local dance. Given their ordering on the album, techniques they employ, and themes, the songs also further tighten the thematic connection the headliner makes with the standout guests. In many ways, Chicken Skin Music is the equivalent of Buena Vista Social Club more than 20 years before the latter emerged. Experience it the way Cooder and company meant it to be heard - in unparalleled fidelity.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. The Bourgeois Blues
2. I Got Mine
3. Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai
4. He'll Have to Go
5. Smack Dab in the Middle
6. Stand by Me
7. Yellow Roses
9. Goodnight Irene$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BorderlineWith 1980's Borderline, Ry Cooder followed the foray into R&B and soul of his previous effort, Bop Till You Drop, but this time out with a little shot of the Southwest thrown in. At the same time, he also continues the primarily electric sound of that record. -All Music
Highlights Include: The Girls from Texas The Way We Make a Broken Heart Crazy 'Bout an AutomobileSide A
3. Why Don't You Try Me (LP Version)
4. Down In The Boondocks
5. Johnny Porter
1. The Way We Make A Broken Heart
2. Crazy 'Bout An Automobile (Every Woman I Know) (LP Version)
3. The Girls From Texas
5. Never Make Your Move Too Soon$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boomer's StoryRy Cooder Is A Master Sonic Archeologist And Cultural Historian On Boomer's Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute To The Past And Updates Music For Future On Rustic Record Steeped In Folk, Blues, And Soul
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes, Pressed At RTI, And Strictly Limited To 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Of Boomer's Story Sounds Fantastic With Vibrant Textures
Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged into roles that still define him today - that of sonic archaeologist and cultural historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired, virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Cooder's breakout teems with natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come to fore with breathtaking realism on this analog reissue. Details ranging from the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and the inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages. Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record has never been more dynamic or involving.
Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never suffers from the retro rehash fakery plaguing countless contemporary revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the past and updates it for the future. Boomer's Story brims with traditional tunes (the title track, Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man), classic blues (Ax Sweet Mama, Cherry Ball Blues), and World War II standards (Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer).
A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song. Evoking the timeless rusticism and weird, old America vibe of Bob Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to sing on his own President Kennedy and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help him transform the normally bellicose Rally 'Round the Flag into a patient, mournful protest.
Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless interpretation of the staple soul ballad The Dark End of the Street, expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual Dark Was the Night - a song Cooder called the most transcendent piece in all American music. Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines - also finger-picked and strummed - on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is the real deal.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Boomer's Story
2. Cherry Ball Blues
3. Crow Black Chicken
4. Ax Sweet Mama
5. Maria Elena
6. The 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$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Meeting By The River (200 Gram Vinyl)1994 Grammy Winner For Best World Music Album
Included In Tom Moon's 2008 Book 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die
The sound is about as good as it gets, with almost no sense of recording gear between the listener and musicians, who are laid out in a solid horizontal line. The remarkable air and tangible 'thereness' will take your breath away. - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, August 2008
As spontaneous as music-making gets, this East meets West improv session between two masters of slide-based stringed instruments is like eating at the most exotic Indian restaurant that adds Tex-Mex flavors to its dishes. The sound is very natural, almost achingly beautiful. - Playback, June 2008
This record is a must-have for fans of Ry Cooder's explorations into global sounds. The playing is out of this world, and, on these cuts, it has less of a world music feel, and is almost bluesy at times. With the original sessions captured at 15 i.p.s. on all custom deParavicini gear, this is the ultimate stereo test record. The sound is as real, open and airy as it gets; not one more molecule of tone could possibly be put onto these black discs! - Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, No. 15, 2008
Passionate, mysterious, intricate, earthy, ethereal, moody and mystical, the rich musical improvisations on this recording defy categorization The recording is as astonishing as the music: a harmonically complex, three-dimensional, two-microphone purist production that will easily take its place at the top of the sonic heap in your record collection and that's a guarantee this is among the most spacious, convincing three-dimensional recordings you will ever hear An essential record in any 21st-century vinyl collection. Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, Music Angle, www.musicangle.com
The quintessential 2 mic Blumlein recording, a musical extravaganza - on 45rpm it destroys the early '90s CD! - Danny Kaey, Positive-Feedback Online
Astonishingly, the four conversational yet adventurous tracks captured on A Meeting by the River were unrehearsed jams between the two masters, who had met only minutes before the session. The lesson is that Cooder and Bhatt not only knew how to play but how to listen. - Daniel Durchholz, Stereophile, February 2007
American composer, musicologist and guitar legend Ry Cooder teams with North Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt to create an exquisite musical realm, with both musicians playing exceptional slide guitar. Their collaboration evokes musical elements from many cultures and styles. Percussion by Sukhvindar Singh on tabla and Cooder's 14-year-old son Joachim on dumbek. This recording won a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best World Album.
Originally released in 1993.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. A Meeting By The River
3. Ganges Delta Blues
4. Isa Lei$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Paradise & Lunch (Speakers Corner)A good 20 years have passed since a band with ancient musicians from Cuba - the Buena Vista Social Club - took the world by storm. Behind the project, in the wings yet right in the midst of this unheard-of music, was Ry Cooder, who regarded this encounter as the greatest musical event of his entire life. The bottleneck guitar hero had always been very interested in the music from the other Americas ever since the solo albums he made in his early years, in which he told the story of the American folk and blues in a multitude of styles. The LP Paradise And Lunch is no exception and begins with gospel-like grooves that smell of native soil. The faint smell of a wooden church from pioneering days wafts out of the processional antiphonal song Jesus On The Mainline and a healthy 12-bar blues paints a picture of what silent witnesses could tell if they could (If Walls Could Talk). Cooder and his sidemen felt themselves perfectly at home when adventuring further afield and this is testified to in the laid-back calypso rhythm of It's All Over Now and the clip-clop of Mexican Divorce.
This wonderful album is highly recommended for each and every number, but if you want a tip for a very special track, then just listen to the ragtime piano rolls in Bo Diddley's Ditty Wah Ditty.
- Ry Cooder (guitar, mandolin, bass, vocal)
- Ronnie Barron (piano, organ)
- Earl Hines (piano)
- Plas Johnson (alto saxophone)
- Oscar Brashear (cornet)
- Red Callender (bass)
- John Duke (bass)
- Russ Titelman (electric bass)
- Chris Ethridge (electric bass)
- Milt Holland (drums, percussion)
- Jim Keltner (drums)
Recording: 1974 at the Warner Brothers Studios in North Hollywood and Burbank (USA), by Lee Herschberg
Production: Lenny Waronker & Russ Titelman
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
3. Married Man's a Fool
4. Jesus on the Mainline
5. It's All Over Now
6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
7. If Walls Could Talk
8. Mexican Divorce
9. Ditty Wah Ditty$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Buenos HermanosLimited 180-Gram Vinyl LP Pressing
Includes 12-Page Booklet
Released in 2003 when Ferrer was 76 years old, Buenos Hermanos now gets a welcome reissue and today sounds more like a 'classic' than ever - the ultimate Latin record, as Cooder described it at the time. I don't think anybody other than Ibrahim would or could make a record like this. It has every kind of nuance and subtlety that it could possibly have, as well as muscle, he added. Like the original Buena Vista Social Club release and his 1999 solo debut, Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer, the album boasted the same production team of Cooder, Nick Gold and engineer Jerry Boys and confirmed Ferrer's place among the all-time great voices of Cuban music. Combining both Cuban and American musicians, the hand-picked core band, comprised Orlando 'Cachaíto' López on bass, Manuel Galbán on electric guitar, piano and organ, Chucho ValdÉs on piano, and Miguel 'Angá' Díaz on congas augmented by Ry Cooder on guitars and veteran rock drummer Jim Keltner and Joachim Cooder on percussion.1. Boquiñeñe
2. Buenos Hermanos
3. La Música Cubana
4. Guaguancó Callejero
6. Como El Arrullo de Palma
7. Perfume de Gardenias
8. Mil Congojas
9. Hay Que Entarle a Palos a Ése
10. No Tiene Telaraña
11. Fuiste Cruel
13. Oye El Consejo$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Safe As MilkImport
Beefheart's debut album, originally released in 1967, was the most accessible and pop inflected of all the releases from his catalogue.
Still 'Safe As Milk' is a very strong and heavily blues-influenced work but it also hints on many of the features that would later become the trademarks of Captain Beefheart.
Nice fact is that not only did a 20-year old Ry Cooder play bass & guitar on 'Abba Zaba' and 'Grown So Ugly,' he also arranged the latter as well as 'Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do.'
Also, Cooder's role in the recording process was to translate the Captain's wilder nations to the rest of the band and generally acts as musical director.
With him as a supervisor the sessions proceeded more or less smoothly and 'Safe As Milk' was recorded within a month.LP 1
1. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do
2. Zig Zag Wanderer
3. Call On Me
4. Dropout Boogie
5. I'm Glad
7. Yellow Brick Road
8. Abba Zaba
9. Plastic Factory
10. Where There's Woman
11. Grown So Ugly
12. Autumn's Child
1. Safe As Milk (Take 5)
2. On Tomorrow
3. Big Black Baby Shoes
4. Dirty Blue Gene
5. Trust Us (Take 9)
6. Korn Ring Finger$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2LPs Sealed Buy Now
Crazy Horse (Awaiting Repress)'Crazy Horse' is the self-titled official 1971 debut album from the band Crazy Horse, originally released on Reprise Records. Members of the band had previously released an album in 1968 as The Rockets and had also featured twice on albums with Neil Young; 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' and 'After The Gold Rush'. Known for famous collaborations the band also recruited Ry Cooder to play on three tracks on the album.1. Gone Dead Train
2. Dance, Dance, Dance
3. Look At All The Things
4. Beggars Day
5. I Don't Want To Talk About It
8. Dirty, Dirty
10. I'll Get By
11. Crow Jane Lady$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Taj Mahal (MONO)Taj Mahal's 1967 album debut helped set the table for the joyous marriage of traditional blues and the revolutionary sound of '60s rock 'n' roll. Spotlighting Mahal's gritty vocals, the David Rubinson-produced album features fretboard whiz Ry Cooder along with guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, a player who loudly fused his uncanny sense of melody with a no-nonsense, electrifying delivery. Even better, our Sundazed edition is an exact repro of the ultra-scarce mono version of this landmark longplayer, taken from the pristine Columbia analog masters.1. Leaving Trunk
2. Statesboro Blues
3. Checkin' Up on My Baby
4. Everybody's Got to Change Sometime
5. E Z Rider
6. Dust My Broom
7. Diving Duck
9. The Celebrated Walkin' Blues$28.99Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
Buena Vista Social ClubMastered by Bernie Grudman from the Original Analogue Master Tapes
Includes 20 Page Booklet
Ry Cooder's name has helped bring attention to this session, but it's the veteran Cuban son musicians who make this album really special. Reminiscent of Ellington in its scope and sense of hushed romanticism, Buena Vista Social Club is that rare meld of quietude and intensity; while the players sound laid-back, they're putting forth very alive music, a reminder that aging doesn't mean taking to bed. Barbarito Torres's laoud solo on El Cuarto de Tula is both more blinding and more tasteful than any guitar showcase on any recent rock album; a quote from Stormy Weather and some very distinct parallels to Hawaiian styles remind us of why it's called world music. --Rickey Wright1. Chan Chan
2. De Camino A La Vereda
3. El Cuarto De Tula
4. Pueblo Nuevo
5. Dos Gardenias
6. Y Tu Que Has Hecho
7. Veinte Anos
8. El Carretero
10. Amor De Loca Juventud
13. Buena Vista Social Club
14. La Bayamesa$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
FrogtownAnthony Wilson, best known as a jazz guitarist, has released an organic, occasionally 'noir-ish'-sounding album on which he sets up and sings within cinematic musical landscapes, proving himself to be an equally compelling story teller. Frogtown is an area of Los Angeles, whose official name is Elysian Valley. People live there but other than a lush stretch of the L.A. riverbed, there's not much there, which is how the people like it. The same can't be said of this record, which will have you wondering from where came this Anthony Wilson? ... the album's sound and the deftly drawn arrangements (for some reason uncredited) perfectly compliment Wilson's dreamy, rural intentions (producer Joe Harley gets a 'audio consultation' credit). The sound achieves a rare level of transparency, delicacy and three-dimensionality in today's hard-edged audio world. Bernie Grundman cut lacquers from what I assume were high resolution files. I doubt you'll ask yourself 'why buy the vinyl?' after your first listen. - Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.
Frogtown, a new album of original instrumental and vocal songs, is guitarist Anthony Wilson's widest-ranging work to date, and his debut as a vocalist. Wilson enlisted Grammy-winning producer/bassist Mike Elizondo (Gary Clark Jr., Kimbra, Ry Cooder), a longtime friend and musical colleague, to help him realize this collection of layered and personal sonic stories.
Featuring a cast of renowned musicians - drummers Jim Keltner and Matt Chamberlain, violinist Petra Haden, and keyboardists Patrick Warren and Josh Nelson - each song on Frogtown evokes a distinct feeling and landscape, and takes the listener someplace new. Virtuosic guitar and ensemble work, well-made songs and detailed arrangements, and intimate vocals are the driving forces of the album.
An album highlight is the song Your Footprints - written by Wilson with songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic) - featuring a special guest appearance from iconic jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd. The collaboration with Lloyd alludes to Wilson's deep jazz roots, and evokes memories of his father, the late, great composer/bandleader Gerald Wilson. Other songs summon varied musical influences - FM radio of the 1970's, Ry Cooder's diverse body of work, children's rhymes, guitar styles from the 1920's to the present day.
Frogtown travels into, through, and beyond genres; the album's melodies and lyrics guide the listener through tender and complex emotional landscapes. Anthony Wilson steps confidently into the center of the frame for this musical and personal portrait.1. She Won't Look Back
3. Your Footprints
4. Occhi di Bambola
5. Silver and Flint
6. Our Affair
7. The Cares of a Family Man
10. The Geranium
11. Shabby Bird
12. I Saw It Through The Skylight
13. Downtown Abbey$40.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Arrangements Volume 1This new compilation is presented by Van Dyke Parks Bananastan label. All of the tracks on this album, by a diverse range of artists, have one thing in common, they were arranged by Van Dyke Parks. This compilation covers Parks first solo recordings through the classic creative period of Warner Brothers, where his arrangements and production can be found throughout the roster. Including both rare sides and hit records, Van Dykes touch can be heard throughout these fine tracks.
From the mid-60s through the early '70s, this new compilation contains 15 classics appearing together on one album for the first time. From the earliest work of Ry Cooder to classic Little Feat; Bonnie Raitts Calypso to Arlo Guthries gospel; The Mojo Mens psychedelic sounds to six rare or unreleased Van Dyke Parks solo recordings; from Dino Martin Jrs hot reggae to Beau Brummels, Sal Valentinos and Little Feats Lowell Georges solo sides; these 15 songs all have the arranging imprint of the great Van Dyke Parks. 180 gram vinyl.1. Donovan's Colours (mono) - George Washington Brown
2. Come to the Sunshine - Van Dyke Parks
3. The Eagle And Me - Van Dyke Parks
4. Friends and Lovers - Sal Valentino
5. Alligator Man - Sal Valentino
6. Farther Along - Van Dyke Parks
7. Valley to Pray - Arlo Guthrie
8. Out On The Rolling Sea When Jesus Speak To Me - Van Dyke Parks
9. Sittin' Here in Limbo - Dino Martin
10. Wha She Go Do - Bonnie Raitt
11. Sit Down I Think I Love You - The Mojo Men
12. One Meat Ball - Ry Cooder
13. Cheek To Cheek - Lowell George
14. Spanish Moon - Little Feat
15. Moog Music ('67) - Van Dyke Parks$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rock 'n Roll BluesLuther Dickinson enters a new phase of his storied musical
career with his rollicking and raw new solo album, Rock 'n
Roll Blues. From the propulsive beat and unbridled sound of
opener Vandalize, to the insanely catchy Bar Band, it's clear this
is a unique chapter in the acclaimed Southern musician's
songbook. More informed by a youth spent listening to punk rock
than the blues and boogie rock of his revered band North Mississippi
Allstars, the record consists mostly of acoustic guitar, stand up
bass and drums and although not punk in sound, it is in spirit and
the DIY ethos. In essence, an autobiography set to music, the
10-track LP traces Luther's journey from excitable teen to
tour-van vet and offers a side of himself seldom seen before.
The son of the late great producer and musician Jim Dickinson,
Luther made his recording debut at age 14 and has recorded
with a who's who of musicians including The Replacements,
Beck, Jon Spencer, John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Mavis Staples,
Ry Cooder and Patty Grifffin. He is the lead guitarist and vocalist
for the North Mississippi Allstars and widely known as both a
talented musician and producer with four Grammy® nominations
to prove it - three in the contemporary blues category and one in
traditional folk.1. Vandalize
2. Blood 'n Guts
3. Yard Man
4. Goin' Country
5. Mojo, Mojo
6. Rock 'n Roll Blues
7. Bar Band
8. Stone's Throw
9. Some Ol' Day
10. Karmic Debt$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It Comes To You In A Plain Brown WrapperOne of the most exciting aspects of reintroducing so much rare and incredible music to the world is being able to finally make available material thats been in label-vault limbo since the day it was recorded, vital sounds locked away from the deserving ears of the legions of devoted music fans we at Sundazed count ourselves among. But when were able to present previously shelved material by one of the most visionary and influential artists of all time, in exceptional fidelity, with the look and feel of the packaging that the artist originally meant it to have? Well, then, that just takes everything to another level completelya level thats certainly been reached with the exclusive vinyl-only issue of Captain Beefheart and His Magic Bands mind-blowing lost 1967 sessions.
Recorded in part as the follow-up to Safe as Milk, Beefhearts debut from earlier that year, the world-shattering material on It Comes to You in a Plain Brown Wrapper was rerecorded, truncated, and issuedwithout the Captains approvalas Strictly Personal in 1968. Mastered directly from the original analog tapes and featuring a wealth of unedited takes never before on vinyl, Sundazeds stunning gatefold double-LP release of this infamously enigmatic opus comes to you wrapped in a sharp outer sleeve bearing specially commissioned artwork by Frank Zappa/Straight Records illustrator Cal Schenkel replicating the albums planned 67 design; inside are rare photos and fascinating, exhaustive liner notes by Magic Band drummer John Drumbo French.
So here, then, is Captain Beefheart and His Magic Bands second album of gloriously disjointed avant-rock/blues and free-jazz skronk, presented just as natureand the Captainintended. Even after more than 40 years, this music is still hopelessly ahead of its timeor, as one-time Magic Band member Ry Cooder once described it, right on time.1. Gimme Dat Harp Boy
2. Dirty Blue Gene
3. Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones Pt. 1 & 2
4. Trust Us (take 9)
5. Safe as Milk (take 12)
6. Moody Liz (take 8)
7. On Tomorrow
8. Big Black Baby Shoes
9. Flower Pot
10. Korn Ring Finger
11. Safe as Milk (take 5)
12. Trust Us (take 6)
13. Moody Liz (take 16)$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hasten Down The Wind (Awaiting Repress)Make Haste! Grab the Limited-Edition 180g LP of this Classic Now!
Did any musician have more talent at their beckon call during the 70s than Linda Ronstadt? Absolutely not. Part of her impeccable string of mid-1970s albums that defined California's soft-rock scene, the Grammy-winning Hasten Down the Wind is Ronstadt at her best and that's saying something. Consider the watertight repertoire: The Warren Zevon title track. Patsy Cline's (by way of Willie Nelson) 'Crazy.' Buddy Holly's 'That'll Be the Day.' Nelson's 'Down So Low.' Karla Bonoff's 'If He's Ever Near.' Ry Cooder's 'The Tattler.'
And then, there's the supporting cast, which includes Eagles legend Don Henley on drums and harmony vocals, folk-rock legend Peter Asher on guitar, session drumming master Russ Kunkel, and multi-instrumentalist sensation Andrew Gold playing just about everything with strings or skins. Couple this with the thematically revealing cover in a nod to the escapism of fantasy romance novels, the singer stands on a beach before an ocean and a running horse, her exposing dress a sign of the lovesick vulnerability that colors the songs and Hasten Down the Wind is the complete package of sensuality, passion, and poignancy.
Now, due to Mobile Fidelity's trademark sonic restoration, the album finally has the exquisite sound it has always deserved. Listeners can now literally feel Ronstadt's deep-seeded emotions. Even better, her covers of affecting ballads and midtempo country-rock numbers intentionally revolve around vocal-heavy arrangements. It's no wonder that the album, which topped the country charts, also yielded two Top 20 hits and resulted in the artist's first platinum-record award.
But make haste! Quantities are limited, and, unlike Ronstadt's timeless interpretations, this will not be around forever.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Lose Again
2. The Tattler
3. If He's Ever Near
4. That'll Be The Day
5. Lo Siento Mi Vida
6. Hasten Down the Wind
7. Rivers of Babylon
8. Give One Heart
9. Try Me Again
11. Down So Low
12. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Safe As MilkCaptain Beefheart's 1967 debut album Safe As Milk introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind visionary whose unique output had no precedent in contemporary music. Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet, filtered the raw influence of the blues and R&B through his own singular musical sensibility and left-field lyrical wordplay, and surrounded himself with some of the most talented and inventive young musicians around. The result was an album that, even in the heady year in which it was released, sounded like nothing else, and the stage for one of rock's most iconoclastic and idiosyncratic careers.
With backup from the first, and perhaps finest, incarnation of Beefheart's legendary Magic Band (including future solo star Ry Cooder on guitar and teenage drum prodigy John "Drumbo" French), and production from future studio superstar Richard Perry, Beefheart unveils his fully-formed sound and vision on such landmark tracks as "Zig Zag Wanderer," "Abba Zaba," "Dropout Boogie," "I'm Glad" and "Electricity" (covered two decades later by Sonic Youth).
Now released by Sundazed Music, this landmark album now sounds the way it was meant to sound, thanks to the restoration of Perry's rare original-and, to most fans, superior-mono mix, which was later altered by Beefheart's label without the artist's involvement. This definitive edition features authoritative new liner notes by Rolling Stone editor and longtime Beefheart enthusiast David Fricke.
"In mono, Safe As Milk is a powerful, concentrated revelation," Fricke writes, further noting, "Safe As Milk promised comfort, exotic nourishment and rude health-and delivered. Created in a year rich in historic debuts and transformative statements about rock's dynamic and expressive possibilities, Safe As Milk was so far in it was out."1. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do
2. Zig Zag Wanderer
3. Call On Me
4. Dropout Boogie
5. I'm Glad
7. Yellow Brick Road
8. Abba Zaba
9. Plastic Factory
10. Where There's Woman
11. Grown So Ugly
12. Autumn's Child$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Cocktail- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Soundtrack Vinyl Series Begins!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl Presentation - #1 Album In 1988
Features #1 Smash Hits Kokomo By The Beach Boys And Don't Worry Be Happy By Bobby Mcferrin
Mastered Impeccably From The Original Elektra Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso
1988 was a big year for a huge blockbuster movie called Cocktail. Its success truly
made way for a number one soundtrack companion LP, which road to the top of both the
sales and airplay charts with multiple format hit records for over a year.
The Tom Cruise movie featured some of the biggest songs of the day including The
Beach Boys # 1 worldwide smash hit single Kokomo as well as Bobby McFerrin's # 1 Don't
Worry Be Happy, which also featured the late great Robin Williams in the music video that
promoted the upbeat novelty tune.
As with our continuing expansion into the original movie soundtrack genres, Friday
Music is very proud to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of
Cocktail - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. This mega movie soundtrack rock classic
comes with all of the great tunes you remember like John Mellencamp's stellar version
of Buddy Holly's Rave On, The Fabulous Thunderbirds Powerful Stuff, Ry Cooder's blues
workout of Elvis Presley's All Shook Up, and the original Specialty Records smash top chart
version of Little Richard's Tutti Frutti.
This stunning album is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Elvis Presley/Jefferson
Starship/Brian Wilson) from the Elektra tapes and includes the original LP sized artwork,
not seen since its original 1988 release.
Cocktail Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Another rock soundtrack classic from
your friends at Friday Music
Way Down In Kokomo1. Wild Again (Starship)
2. Powerful Stuff (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
3. Since When (Robbie Nevil)
4. Don't Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
5. Hippy Hippy Shake (The Georgia Satellites)
6. Kokomo (The Beach Boys)
7. Rave On (John Mellencamp)
8. All Shook Up (Ry Cooder)
9. Oh I Love You So (Preston Smith)
10. Tutti Frutti (Little Richard)$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now