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
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1974
RecordedWarner Brothers Studios, North Hollywood, CA and
The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA
GenreRoots rock, blues, folk, Americana
ProducerRuss Titelman, Lenny Waronker
Ry Cooder chronology
Boomer's Story
Paradise and Lunch
Chicken Skin Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
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


Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Peak
1974 Billboard Pop albums 167


  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
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ a b "Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch (original)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  5. ^ "Ry Cooder Biography". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  6. ^ review by Brett Hartenbach
  7. ^ Lefsetz, Bob. "Welcome To My World - "Ry Cooder Primer"". 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". Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  10. ^ Moon, Tom (2008). "Paradise and Lunch | 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die". 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.