11 Songs, 30 Minutes

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4.4 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

kerund ,

Ry Cooder is a Treasure

A classic album from a singular guitarist. Lovingly rendered blues classics that capture all the wry (Ry?) humor, desperation, resignation and triumph of these timeless songs. Blues, folk, rock and roll it may be - but it sure ain't country.

MAFinOKC ,

Style: American Eclectic

Ry Cooder grew up in L.A. playing with all the local folkies (you'd recognize their names) and becoming steeped in all kinds of roots music. This was his first album and heralded his almost half a century of resolutely marching to his own drummer, heedless of fads and fashions in the music business. He must have his devoted supporters in that business, because he appeals to a niche market and I'd be surprised if any of his albums have made a profit for the labels he's recorded for. But he's revered among musicians, who recognize his artistry and his obviously encyclopedic grasp of the music of the grass roots, and his, yes, creativity and originality in reviving and reimagining musical sources you've never heard of and making them his own. Long after the inconsequential music of many if not most of his contemporaries has been fotgotten, his timeless body of work will continue to be played and enjoyed by the musically savvy.

Richie Dunn 10 ,

interesting

odd album

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