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Bop Till You Drop

Ry CooderAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Whether serving as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder's chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and choices of material encompass an incredibly eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock & roll, blues, reggae, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Dixieland jazz, country, folk, R&B, gospel, and vaudeville. The 16-year-old Cooder ... Read more in Amazon's Ry Cooder Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KKG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Little Sister
  2. Go Home, Girl
  3. The Very Thing That Makes You Rich
  4. I Think It's Going To Work Out Fine
  5. Down In Hollywood
  6. Look At Granny Run Run
  7. Trouble, You Can't Fool Me
  8. Don't Mess Up A Good Thing
  9. I Can't Win

For all the laudatory work he's done in rediscovering a panoply of artists from roots-based musical genres, Cooder's attempt to pay homage to influences closer to home, namely '50s rock and R&B, on Bop Till You Drop produced spotty results. While Arthur Alexander's "Go Home, Girl" and Cooder's own composition, "Down in Hollywood," are notable exceptions, most of the album suffers from languor stemming from a real lack of drive or direction. Cooder's failed attempt to place Elvis Presley's "Little Sister" in a broader musical context underscores the gap between intent and achievement which plagues the majority of songs on this well-meaning but unsatisfying effort. --Wayne Pernu

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Cooder's best August 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ry Cooder, more than anyone who has touched the pop music scene, has done a great service to music lovers by resurrecting nearly-forgotten genres of indiginous American music. From his early inspiration by Hawaiian slack-key guitar master Gabby Pahinui and the gritty, passionate Sleepy John Estes, to very early jazz forms to Tex/Mex to gospel, bluesy mandolin, Depression-era worksongs, the list is very long. But you cannot accuse him of being a dilettante, because he is extremely respectful of all the traditions he explores, remaining true to their spirits while somehow adding his own distinctive imprint. His interests have ranged abroad in more recent years to India, East Africa and, most famously, Cuba.
Bop Till You Drop explores neglected corners of the rhythm 'n' blues genre. I am a 30-year enthusiastic fan of Ry Cooder's work, and I think this is one of his best. Start with "Down in Hollywood," as tight a piece of funk as you will find. The peerless Jim Keltner anchors the rhythm section with his drum work that manages to be aggressive and tightly restrained as well. Chaka Khan's backup vocal is searing. Cooder's trademark combination of sly humor and get-down musicianship make this song a classic. The gospel-based Trouble You Can't Fool Me and I Can't Win are masterpieces of vocal harmony. I Can't Win is as poignant an unrequited love song as the best Motown ever produced. The Very Thing is once again vintage Cooder, with its effortless, flawless backbeat rhythm, stunning vocal harmonies and just-right instrumental work. The man knows how to put an album together. The cover of the old Ike and Tina Turner number Don't Mess Up a Good Thing is better than the original.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same please! March 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I cannot understand anyone flogging this album. It has got warmth, it has got depth, there are some very good songs and a few great ones on it, and the people involved can really sing and play their instruments... which is something too rare, nowadays.
My personal favorites are the first four tracks, with the instrumental 'I think it's gonna work out fine' as the absolute pinnacle of top notch playing without getting technical. I mean, there still is a lot of emotion and feeling going on behind the flawless playing.
This album drew my attention to Ry Cooder and I have been buying all his stuff before and after. I can strongly recommend Chicken Skin Music and his work with the Buena Vista Social Club, although both albums are quite different from this one.
As a bonus: this was one of the very first digitally recorded popular albums - if not THE first.
Enjoy. Go with the flow. You'll get back to this album once you've learned to enjoy it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eclectic critics ..... November 4, 2003
By Che
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i don't seem to agree with the music critics and even with ry cooder himself on this one. i read at [...], that ry disowned this recording.... which i don't understand at all. for me this is one of his standout efforts. eclectic, yes. but unpretentious and at ease with itself. r&b how it could be: funky, bluesy, with a gospel touch here and there. great playingfrom all, specially from fellow guitarist david lindley. great singing from chaka khan and bobby king. i prefer this one many times over ry's much praised efforts as "tourist guide" presenting latin roots music to a greater audience with his buena vista social club efforts. not that i don't like son: i love son, afro american music at it's best, but it does'nt need ry to discover it. and also unfortunately with his putting the spot light on some few cuban musicians - albeit great - many others, specially those not from cuba are left in the dark. with bop till you drop he does not "discover", but "plays" what he knows best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooder's weakest album...and still great! May 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If there is one song on this album that is worth the price of purchase it is Look at Granny Run Run. That, for some reason, has always been one of my favorite Ry Cooder songs and I always lamented that it was on my least favorite Ry Cooder album. My lamentation is not so much a bad thing due to the fact that this, the first digitally recorded album ever, is ten times better than most artists' best work. The strange mix of tunes and styles such as the gospelization of Trouble, You Can't Fool Me and the oddball Down in Hollywood give this album a "late-night, late seventies LA, the party is over and we're all out of coke" feel. It seems that Cooder and producer Lee Herschberg threw everything they had into this album. And even though the production on this disc gives it an unnecessary sheen that sometimes drowns out Cooder's guitar and makes things a tinge tinny, Cooder's infectious playing and great selection of tunes make this one a winner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rehashes from a Master August 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This disc is one of the oddest but most satisfying in my collection. Ry Cooder's mastery of slide guitar, slack-key and nearly everything stringed is the stuff of legend. But here he proves he can turn soul and early rock nuggets on their heads with his off-the-wall interpretations --and warble as well as any blue-eyed soulman, Morrison included.

Cooder transforms Elvis' "Little Sister" from cheeky rockabilly into a lovesick plea set to a soulful, steamy pop melody. "The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor)" matches done-me-wrong blues lyrics with percolating, mid-tempo funk.

"Down in Hollywood" is silly and as greasy as a KFC three-piece, and it shines courtesy of a tensile background vocal workout by Chaka Khan. "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing" again showcases Khan and echoes its original counterpart more faithfully than any of the other tunes on the album.

Steeped in Staples gospel, the disc's closer, "I Can't Win," exposes the wounds of heartbreak naked to the world. Cooder lets his stellar backing vocalists do the heavy lifting, capping a late-night, melancholy tribute to rock and soul's earthy beginnings.

The contributions of Cooder's studio friends alone make this set a treat. In addition to Khan, notable co-conspirators include vocalist Bobby King and guitarist David Lindley, who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Cooder in the pantheon of less-appreciated string wizards.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a solid album.
I'd probably have rated this as four stars, except for the fact that the style of music on this album is not my favorite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lawrence D. Chico
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF A KIND!
Classic! Sui's generous! One of a kind! Take the cd with you on a trip at night in the fall when their are no ultraviolet rays to interfere with the sound clarity. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dennis R. Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars Digital history
I got this for historical value. It was the first "rock-n-roll" album recorded in digital. So, the sound is excellent. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robert A. Staton
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie and Bestie
An old friend. My tape malfunctioned, so I bought a CD. One of my favorite albums for 20 years.
Ry Cooder is so darn talented. A great listen.
Published 14 months ago by Aunt Cherrie B
4.0 out of 5 stars Grea to hear
Great CD. Lots of energy in the music. Nice to hear these songs again. Will probably buy newer CDs soon.
Published 14 months ago by True middle
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
A good listen from start to finish. A solid
effort by a very talented artist. This is one of Ry
Cooder's better efforts. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Barry Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Found It!
Loved the album back in the day and was happy to finally find it in CD form (yes, I'm old).
Published 16 months ago by Liza B. Stough
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless cool
Unbelievable that this is almost 40 years old - great musicians all - great tunes and arrngements - sounds as fresh as today
Published 19 months ago by gardener
5.0 out of 5 stars First digitally recorded album
A great record/cd by a great guitarist. From the opening notes of Little Sister to the closing refrains of I Can't Win showcase this fine artists skills and abilities.
Published 21 months ago by Richard M. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars "Collectible" CD from A1 Express
While browsing around the music section I noticed under the "collectible" versions available of this album, A1 Express has a CD of Bop Till You Drop from 1979 in nice condition. Read more
Published 22 months ago by KAR
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