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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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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: April 3, 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • ASIN: B000FUF8CU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Earthquake
2. Across The Borderline
3. Maria
4. Texas Bop
5. Highway 23
6. Palomita
7. Rio Grande
8. Too Late
9. No Quiero
10. Skin Game
11. El Scorcho
12. Building Fires
13. Nino
14. Theme From Alamo Bay
15. Gooks On Main Street
16. Too Close
17. Klan Meeting
18. Sailfish Evening
19. Last Stand (Alamo Bay)
20. Quatro Vicios
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Raven presents two of RY COODER'S most acclaimed film soundtracks - The Border and Alamo Bay - on CD for the first time. After working and recording in the 1960s with Taj Mahal, Captain Beefheart's Magic Band and the Rolling Stones, guitarist Ry Cooder went on to craft a series of "patchwork of Americana" albums including such seminal and stirring screen soundtracks as The Long Riders, Paris Texas and Crossroads. Displaying a voracious eclecticism that eventually took him light-years from his traditionalist roots, and the kind of slide-guitar playing that could make a lizard crawl down a wall, Cooder turned out a series of dazzling 1980s film soundtracks - including The Border (1982) and Alamo Bay (1985). These powerful works blend everything from Tex-Mex to Turkish instrumentation. They are breathtakingly beautiful sound-scapes of beguiling, ethereal music. Includes performances by John Hiatt, members of Los Lobos, Freddy Fender, David Lindley, Van Dyke Parks, Flaco Jimenez, Sam the Sham and Jim Dickinson. Richly diverse, adventurous and textured music from a stunning musician and Grammy winning soundtrack master. A beguiling blend of Tex-Mex, boppin' blues, earthy rock and country with moody, evocative guitar work. Detailed historical liner notes and superb quality audio

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Capute on June 8, 2007
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These were two of my favorite records back in the mid-80's, Americana before Americana even existed. "The Border" evokes beautifully the feel of the southwest, of a hot night with the radio playing some station from Mexico where legend Freddy Fender sings achingly, plaintively, about the dreams of thousands who long for "the broken promised land" of America. "Across the Borderline," written by Cooder, Jim Dickenson, and John Hiatt, is one of the most gorgeous songs you'll ever hear, covered in concert by Bruce Springsteen and rerecorded--with a vocal by Harry Dean Stanton--on Cooder's "Borderline" album. But Freddy Fender's version is the definitive. The music for the rest of "The Border" keeps that southwestern, Mexican-American, feel and vibe, with one more standout track, "Skin Game", an slinky, ominous growl of a song featuring a great vocal by Hiatt and trademark Cooder slide guitar. (By the way, the film, starring Jack Nicholson, is a must-see) "Alamo Bay" is something stranger, for me, not quite as successful, but still worthwhile. The movie (a failure with all the talent involved, Louis Malle directing, and Ed Harris and Amy Madigan starring) is about the clash between exiled Vietnamese fisherman and American fishermen on the Gulf Coast during the late 70s. Cooder's music finds a way to echo this culture clash, particularly in "Theme from Alamo Bay", by combining western instruments and his slide guitar with traditional Asian instruments. The result is truly gorgeous. Also of note is the crunching rocker "Gooks on Main Street" with a vocal by LA punker Lee Ving. Cooder's sountracks, for me, have always been much more interesting than his solo records, whether it be the traditional Appalachian sounds of "The Long Riders" or the Cajun influences on "Southern Comfort".Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Earl B on August 15, 2006
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Thank you to those nice folks from Raven Records for making these two soundtracks available on one CD. Amongst some fine instrumentals, several of which appeared on "Music by Ry Cooder" there are two superb vocal tracks that didn't ... "Building Fires" from The Border, and "Too Close" from Alamo Bay (Amy Madigan can sing, too?) ... and even on their own, they make this a great buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kim eric lilot on February 18, 2012
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Ry's music, be it for the stage or cinema score doesn't get much better then what accompanied the films 'The Border' and 'Alamo Bay'.
This collection of Tex-Mex ballads, accompanied by such luminaries as Flaco Jimenez and David Lindley, is priceless.
Of exceptional note is the raw, anguished, almost heavy metal rendering of a racist outburst 'Gooks on Main Street'. Which, for obvious reasons, never received much air play.
This is a wonderful re-released classic for Ry Cooder fans.
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Raven records have done it again. These are two of Ry Cooder's soundtracks that have never been on cd before. Nice liner notes, excellent re mastering, what more can you ask for? Finally I can throw out my cd-r's taken from my vinyl copies. Everything Raven does is top notch. Now maybe Raven can try and release Ry's never released, but wonderful Southern Comfort soundtrack. How about the out of print Blue City soundtrack.
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