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I, Flathead Limited Deluxe Edition

Ry CooderAudio CD
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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 (June 24, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0017PCXQG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Deluxe limited edition includes book. Ry Cooder's I, Flathead is the culmination of his ambitious and fascinating "California Trilogy," the last of three albums in which the singer and guitarist journeys through the real and imagined history of mid-20th century, multi-ethnic California, sampling the sounds of its barrios and byways, its nightclubs and honkytonks. The CD functions beautifully on its own, but also serves as a sort of soundtrack to the book equivalent. Abetting Cooder in his story telling is a veritable repertory of players who've appeared in the previous discs in the trilogy, among them drummer Joachim Cooder, Jim Keltner, Flaco Jimenez, Jon Hassell, Juliette Commagere and Gil Bernal.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an album surpassing his early work. July 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I love this album. I've been waiting years for Ry to equal
Boomer's Story and Borderline and his early work (most of which
I bought on casette 30 years or so ago and still have). I frequently
listen to Buena Vista Social Club, but Ry's contribution on that was
impressarial rather than musical.
This album has great electric guitar and lyrics but I believe Ry's
vocals are better than they have ever been. Maybe age has smoothed
out the gravel a bit, or maybe he just found his true voice.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ry! July 7, 2008
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OK, you don't need a whole history.
Most people don't end up here cold.
Read the other reviews or the label PR to give you the basics about this trilogy.
This record continues the eclectic journey that is the essence of Ry's music. He really goes back to the music he would have heard on the radio and in the streets of LA as a kid. Amalgam of 50's Mex-pop, big-band, jazz, blues, rock and all that. Like his recent series, he is very reserved with the guitar solos that so defined his early work. With age he's become even more subtle, as if that was possible. But, when he puts it out it is as sweet as it gets. The best way to define this is adventurous (as always), fun, retro and still progressive.
Personally, my own view,I am a major Ry fan, and have been since the 70s. Of the recent works, Mambo Sinuendo was one of my favorites, but I found Chavez Ravine a bit of a push. The heavy Mexican pop undercurrent was not up my alley, although it had its moments. My name is Buddy took me back a little closer to home and I, Flathead took me back to the glory days.
Makes sense? I think this is en par with the best of Ry's work- Paradise & Lunch, Boomer's Story, and Chicken Skin Music.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Slide phenom August 16, 2008
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If you aren't well versed with Ry Cooder's music, you can be fairly certain that you'll get great music no matter which album of his you buy. This is the final of a trilogy about Los Angeles in the first half of the 20th century. Each has tells the story of the city and it's people. First was the album 'Chavez Ravine', the family oriented hispanic neighborhood cleared out to build Dodger Stadium. The second, 'My name is Buddy', is a fabulous ride through depression era migration and American socialism. If allegory leaves you cold, just enjoy the music. This album, 'I Flathead' is the final of the trio. If you really want a treat, the CD versions of Buddy and Flathead each include a very cool, small graphic novel within the CD case to accompany the album. Ry is one of our finest Musicologist and maybe the best slide player alive. (though Sonny Landreth is fabulous).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tom wolf of trona September 3, 2008
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if you don't know california in the '50's and '60's, don't read this book.. the music will be enough.. then read the book. through sheer persistence and love, cooder has become the grand historian for cali in the day.. every referrence rings true and resonates through the reality of the ground level history of so cal.. he nails it.. every time.. and the music ain't too shabby neither.. except for the guitar.. kidding
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Motors, motels and misfits... July 26, 2008
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Here's Ry Cooder, a legitmate guitar hero of the last forty years or so, and he has, apparently, written a novella. A novella! A short novel--it's about 100 pages and it is included in the "Deluxe Limited Edition" of his new I, Flathead release...or should I say publication.

When was the last time somebody included a novel with their new music? This could be the start of something big. And it will inspire alt-indies everywhere to write short stories or novels or poems to go with their new musical material. It's like Ray Davies or Pete Townshend releasing Preservation or Tommy, complete with a lovely, printed novelization of their stories.

This new work fits nicely with Cooder's last couple of works; Chavez Ravine and My Name is Buddy. Along with I, Flathead, these are highly literate, beautifully produced, small works of art. Little bits of beauty in an otherwise bleak landscape of modern music. The novella is planted firmly in Sam Shepard territory-California deserts, dust, motors, motels and misfits. Told in a wry Depression-era-meets-Shepard-meets-Hank Williams voice, it may be set in today's America, or it may be set ten or twenty years ago. And it's got a main character, Shakey Lavonne, who apparently is from outer space, a space vato. It's a crazy tale of busted dreams and disappointment, duct-taped cars, abused women and brown-dirt images from the beat-up back roads outside of Lone Pine and the dry lake beds of eastern California. Places where only crazy people go, on purpose. Nested neatly with the record itself is the story and songs of Kash Buk and the Klowns, stand-ins for Ry and his friends, commenting on the novella's action.

The story could use some serious editing but since Mr. Cooder has, in effect, self-published the what?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooder's Best - Maybe The Best Album of 2008 October 24, 2009
By Gerry B
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I, Flathead may have been the best of album of 2008. It will certainly have the longest life, as these tracks will hold relevancy for years to come. It's fun, it's amusing, and at the same time tinted with dark edges of reality that time moves forward, things are ever-changing. An irresponsible cad with an eye for young women, a sideshow dwarf, a mechanic out of patience to get paid for his work, a failed songwriter, these are only a few of the characters in this book of verse on life, looking back, and still looking forward. Rolled together, these stories are not just songs, they are us. In some way, they are all of us, with a red Naugahyde decor, asking for ashtray, having awoken from a dream knowing that "time is all you've got." It's life and death, reality, and no punches pulled in the name of sensitivity.
Production is clean, dynamic, and alive, with a band-in-the-room feel. I should have bought this album the day it was released.
Five stars and cheers for more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ry cooder
Always loved ry cooder, since hè started a long ago, but still perfect after all those years and all the hours of pure pleasure
Published 17 months ago by Christa
5.0 out of 5 stars Interstrellar Mexican Cowboy Music
Ry Cooder isn't short of ideas or inspiration. I Flathead, the third in his 'California Trilogy' is a great listen in the tradition of some of his older CD's and channel's the same... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stogies
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated Brilliance
I climbed into my buddy's car and he cranked up the very first tune. It sounded cool. I liked it. Who is it? He wouldn't say. Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Ry's desert sci-fi adventure
The music keeps up with the cars in this tale of ET at the flats! Ry always knows what to play.
Published on January 5, 2012 by James W. Fortado
1.0 out of 5 stars Meh!
If you want to get really depressed..this album of an old man's rantings accompanied by instrumentation appropriate for an Italian funeral..should do the trick.. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by Dozenoya65
4.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder is great
If you like any of Ry Cooder's music and cars you would most likely enjoy this album and maybe the other two in the trilogy
Published on November 2, 2011 by Bill Candler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Trilogy to my Ears
I remember when I first got into this trilogy with Chavez Ravine that this album was given the lowest reviews of the bunch from the major critics, but I am not sure why. Read more
Published on October 12, 2010 by Erik J. Malvick
5.0 out of 5 stars An Upbeat End to A Fine Trilogy
I remember when I first got into this trilogy with Chavez Ravine that this album was given the lowest reviews of the bunch from the major critics, but I am not sure why. Read more
Published on October 12, 2010 by Erik J. Malvick
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