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Ry Cooder (album)

Ry Cooder is the debut album by roots rock musician Ry Cooder, released in 1970.

Ry Cooder
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1970
Recorded1970
GenreRoots rock, blues, country blues, folk, Americana
Length33:28
LabelReprise
ProducerVan Dyke Parks, Lenny Waronker
Ry Cooder chronology
Ry Cooder
(1970)
Into the Purple Valley
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB[1]

Track listingEdit

Side 1Edit

  1. "Alimony" (Brenda Jones, Welton Young, Robert Higginbotham) - 2:55
  2. "France Chance" (Joe Callicott) - 2:45
  3. "One Meat Ball" (Louis Singer, Hy Zaret) - 2:27
  4. "Do Re Mi" (Woody Guthrie) - 3:03
  5. "My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine & Dandelion Wine)" (Randy Newman) - 1:45
  6. "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" (Alfred Reed) - 2:45

Side 2Edit

  1. "Available Space" (Ry Cooder) - 2:11
  2. "Pigmeat" (Huddie Ledbetter) - 3:07
  3. "Police Dog Blues" (Arthur Blake) - 2:43
  4. "Goin' to Brownsville" (John Estes) - 3:24
  5. "Dark Is the Night" (Blind Willie Johnson) - 2:48

PersonnelEdit

MusiciansEdit

  • Van Dyke Parks - piano
  • Ry Cooder - guitar, vocals, mandolin, bass guitar
  • Chris Ethridge (contribution not specified in sleeve notes) - bass guitar
  • Richie Hayward (contribution not specified in sleeve notes) - drums guitar
  • Roy Estrada (contribution not specified in sleeve notes) - bass guitar
  • Milt Holland (contribution not specified in sleeve notes) - drums, percussion
  • John Barbata (contribution not specified in sleeve notes) - drums
  • Max Bennett (contribution not specified in sleeve notes) - bass guitar
  • Bobby Bruce (contribution not specified in sleeve notes) - violin
  • Gloria Jones - backing vocals

ProductionEdit

  • Van Dyke Parks - Producer; Arranger on "One Meat Ball"
  • Lenny Waronker - Producer
  • Judy Betz - Production Assistant
  • Lee Herschberg - Engineer, Mix-down
  • Doug Botnick - Engineer
  • Thaddeus James Lowe - Engineer
  • Rudy Hill - Engineer
  • Bob Kovach - Engineer
  • Kirby Johnson - Conductor, Orchestrator

Other creditsEdit

  • Airstream - for the 1937 trailer pictured on the front of the album sleeve
  • Frank Bez - for the photo of the Airstream trailer (photographed at dry lake El Mirage)
  • Susan Titelman - for the photo of Cooder on the back of the album sleeve
  • Ed Thrasher - for art direction

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  • LP Sleeve Notes

Billboard chartsEdit

Chart Peak
Pop albums 216