Paradise and Lunch

Paradise and Lunch is the fourth album by roots rock musician Ry Cooder, released on June 8, 1974 on Reprise Records.[4][5] The album is composed of cover versions of jazz, blues and roots standards and obscurities recorded at the Warner Brothers Studios.[4] The final track, "Ditty Wah Ditty," showcases a duet between Cooder and jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines.[6] It was produced by Russ Titelman and Lenny Waronker.[7] The album reached #167 on the Billboard 200.[8]

Paradise and Lunch
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1974
RecordedWarner Brothers Studios, North Hollywood, CA and
The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA
GenreRoots rock, blues, folk, Americana
Length36:51
LabelReprise
ProducerRuss Titelman, Lenny Waronker
Ry Cooder chronology
Boomer's Story
(1972)
Paradise and Lunch
(1974)
Chicken Skin Music
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[3]

The album also includes Cooder's updated arrangement of bluesman Washington Phillips' "The Tattler" that stands out for its guitar playing.[9] It was subsequently covered by Linda Ronstadt on her 1976 album Hasten Down the Wind.[10] In 1990 the album was released on CD,[11] while a remastered version appeared in 2007.[12] It was newly remastered from the original master tapes for a high-resolution SACD in 2017.[13]

Track listingEdit

Side One

  1. "Tamp 'Em Up Solid" (traditional) – 3:19
  2. "Tattler" (Washington Phillips, Ry Cooder, Russ Titelman) – 4:14
  3. "Married Man's a Fool" (Blind Willie McTell) – 3:10
  4. "Jesus on the Mainline" (traditional) – 4:09
  5. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) – 4:49

Side Two

  1. "Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good" (Sidney Bailey, J. B. Lenoir, Jim Dickinson) (medley) – 4:25
  2. "If Walls Could Talk" (Bobby Miller) – 3:12
  3. "Mexican Divorce" (Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard) – 3:51
  4. "Ditty Wah Ditty" (Arthur Blake) – 5:42

PersonnelEdit

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Peak
1974 Billboard Pop albums 167

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ a b "Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (original)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  5. ^ "Ry Cooder Biography". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  6. ^ Allmusic.com review by Brett Hartenbach
  7. ^ Lefsetz, Bob. "Welcome To My World - "Ry Cooder Primer"". rhino.com. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  8. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1974-06-22). Billboard Magazine (print). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 62.
  9. ^ "Deep Cuts: Ry Cooder's Funky Fingerstyle". www.premierguitar.com. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  10. ^ Moon, Tom (2008). "Paradise and Lunch | 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die". www.1000recordings.com. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  11. ^ "Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (CD release)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  12. ^ "Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (remaster)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  13. ^ "Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (Hybrid Super Audio CD release)". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-05-25.