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Music By Ry Cooder

Some of this music I really love and other of Mr. Cooder’s music I don’t care for and that is why it is only 3 stars so if I were you I would want to be familiar with his music prior to purchasing it. The music from the movie The Border really blows me away and is worth the price of the CD’s. I just put my CD player on repeat and play the music from The Border over and over again. . Check it out!

Product Description Ry’s instrumental virtuosity, versatility and his ability to transcend genre have made him one of the most in-demand soundtrack composers over the last two decades of American cinema, and this 2-CD set collects the best of his unfailingly evocative film scores. Includes excerpts from Paris, Texas; Alamo Bay; The Long Riders; Geronimo; Crossroads; The Border; Blue City; Johnny Handsome; Trespass , and more, plus the first release of material from Southern Comfort and Streets of Fire . Notes, too! Ostensibly a collection of Cooder’s film music, the two-CD Music by Ry Cooder delivers the cinematic quality of a good soundtrack album but packs the kind of ferocious jams–featuring crack players such as John Hiatt, Jim Keltner, David Lindley, and Jim Dickinson–that you’ll never hear on a John Williams score. Cooder’s melancholy acoustic and electric-slide moans are a constant, though the material shifts from the plaintive piano tune “I Like Your Eyes” (from Johnny Handsome) to the border-town ballad “Across the Borderline” (featuring Freddy Fender) to the grit-and-spit stomp of “Bomber Bash” (from Streets of Fire). From cowboy serenades to contemporary exotica, from Paris, Texas to Alamo Bay, Cooder’s soundtrack legacy is a strangely unified cross section of an American master’s finest and most varied work. –James Rotondi




Music By Ry Cooder Review


Ry Cooder is an American treasure; he belongs in the Smithsonian. Who else would begin a long, restless, ethno-musicological folk/rock guitar odyssey by working in that enclave of oddity known as Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band? Cooder didn’t exactly burst onto the scene in 1970, but, with that vintage Airstream posed in the desert, and emerging hipster friends like Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks, he eased onto it in a big way. From the very start, Cooder focused all his attention on the song itself. He obviously loved tracking down obscure, dust-covered numbers, frequently from as far back as the Great Depression. Often they had a narrative quality, as in the splendid, “F.D.R. In Trinidad. ” His style was lean and elegant, flashy solos were avoided, however, his complete command of the instrument was obvious. By the time I saw him, in 1974, he’d already achieved cult status through session work on Let It Bleed, and his memorable LP, Into The Purple Valley. Rolling Stone Magazine would later rank him #8 on its list of all-time greatest guitarists. Playing solo, in an undecorated gymnasium, he put on a clinic that was at times downright chilling. Cooder spent a considerable amount of time playing the mandolin, and there were moments when it seemed he would rip the thing into shreds. As to his singing, well, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either, however, everything else about his music was so extraordinary one could politely pretend it wasn’t there. “Music by Ry Cooder” is a very reasonably priced 2-CD set that contains 34 tracks, only a few of which have vocals. Freddy Fender’s singing on The Border makes you wish he hadn’t crossed. King Of The Street, featuring not one but two rappers with Ice in their names, is as pleasant as running a band saw over your hand. Cooder contributes a couple – compared to them he’s Marvin Gaye! After that it gets downright fascinating – you’ll find the Throat Singers of Tuva and Native American chants by Jones Benally – appearing respectively in Goyalka Is Coming and Train to Florida. These two tracks are so profoundly moving and ethereal that they alone make the purchase worthwhile. But that’s only the beginning. Because the music is taken from a wide variety of film scores, spanning 16 years, the vast majority of it is instrumental – no vocals. Sometimes you get Cooder brooding and melancholic, (Paris,Texas), sometimes cookin’, Bomber Bash, sometimes solo, and sometimes with great back-up – but you almost always get the unadulterated pin-point spot on the guitar-wizardry itself. In this regard the 2-CD set is a rare treat, and vastly superior to your typical Ry Cooder album which often has “just enough material to get by. ” Indeed, many Cooder CDs are tall on price and short on content. “Music by Ry Cooder” is a great way to get immersed in the genius of this American maestro, in all of its many manifestations, inexpensively. A word about the Wim Wenders film, Paris, Texas. You could walk a very long way before finding a movie more profoundly moving than this one. The Ry Cooder soundtrack is so perfect, and so haunting, that it becomes a primary character. The Paris, Texas soundtrack is available and also highly recommended. -Read Reviews-

I enjoy the movie ‘Southern Comfort’ which had it’s soundtrack performed by Ry Cooder. This is the only CD (I believe) that features the songs from that film. This is a collection that features a diverse selection of Ry Cooder’s music from a number of films. Some of it is very good. The track ‘Theme From Southern Comfort’ is very haunting especialy if you turn all the lights out and listen to it in darkness. I also really like the track ‘Klan Meeting’ from the film The Alamo, however I’ve never seen the film itself. Another film I do have is ‘The Long Riders’ which also featured Ry Cooder in the soundtrack. Some of these tracks are included here and are good listening.

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