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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by telekaster1999, May 13, 2021.
Hope you've discovered David Lindley too. If not . . . here yooze go:
I saw Ry in 1971, touring with Arlo Guthrie. He played a blistering slide solo on on Comin’ in from Los Angeles. I’ve heard nothing better since.
I was gonna post about Lindley, you beat me to it! There's some good bootlegs out there of them at Eel River, doing some killer stuff
Have you ever seen the 1986 movie Crossroads with Ralph Macchio? The cool blues slide guitar in that movie is Ry Cooder and the shredding is Steve Vai.
And he brought us the Buena Vista Social Club.
Check out his records Jazz and Into the Purple Valley. So good. He has a gift for finding the "soul" or "core" of a musical genre, and then bending it into Ry-land, without ever breaking it. It's some kind of crazy magic.
Everybody knows that was Prince.
In an interview Ry Cooder cites Joseph Spence as an important early influence when he was a kid. The spirit of Spence's eccentric playing is in Cooder's music today.
Cooder always finds the best hideouts.
Following Ry's recording's is a real adventure into great American(a) Music.
And, World Music(s), too.
I've always admired Ry, Lindley, Flaco. I first discovered Ry through his insane time spent with Captain Beefheart when Ry was a mere youngen. Here's Ry talking about his beginning with Beefheart. Part 2 of Beefheart documentary...
His work in Movies has been outstanding.
The music for the film was composed, arranged, and performed by Ry Cooder. Cooder said Hill had heard one of his records while making the film "and thought that my music had an atmospheric quality he was looking for. Walter likes scores to be part of his movie’s environment instead of the factor that’s driving it, and I’ve always looked at film music as an environmental issue."
Other performers on the soundtrack were multi-instrumentalist David Lindley and percussionist Milt Holland. Some of the songs were released as an album, The Long Riders.
It was the first of several soundtracks Cooder would write for Walter Hill. Cooder later said this was "the simplest" of his soundtracks to do, adding that:
I’d heard and played enough old time-Southern music that it wasn’t too much of a stretch for me to create it. The film was about community and family, and I had to think what the music would have felt like in those days. It had to capture that early American aesthetic, which is a world away from how we live now.... You have to sound "authentic," but you also have to invent that authenticity. I had to imagine myself in another time, and not think about what was happy, sad or dangerous to Arnold Schwarzenegger, but what was happy, sad and dangerous to Jesse James. I ended up concentrating on the scene’s emotions, and the music worked fine. 
Bop Til You Drop is one my favorite albums. Not a single bad cut
Ry is one of my all time favorites.
I saw him the first time 45 years or so ago playing a session in the Melkweg in Amsterdam. Since then I love his guitarplaying.
I still try to get the hang on Slideguitar:
Two excellent artists!
Another good pairing:
The Cooder/Lindley Family albums are great.
Doesn't seem like he ever really found his niche- I got onto him when he was sort of giving it a go as a rock star, butt he was never a great vocalist and it didn't really work out. Hee got some publicity from his work on that Robert Johnson movie ("Crossroads Blue" or something like that) and the Buena Vista social club. As far as I know (not very) he's been devoting a lot of time to travelling and working with musicians from around the world. A couple of albums I can highly recommend are "Mambo Sinuendo" with Cuban guitar great Manuel Galban and "Talking Timbuktu" with African (I think Mali) guitarist Ali Farka Toure. If you like to play along with records, this stuff is great for it.
One of my favorite soundtracks. Some of the only mandolin tunes I can play are on that album.