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listen  1. Paris, TexasRy Cooder 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Theme From Southern ComfortRy Cooder 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Theme From Alamo BayRy Cooder 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Across The BorderlineRy Cooder 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Highway 23Ry Cooder 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bomber BashRy Cooder 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Greenhouse (LP Version-Edit)Blue City - Ry Cooder 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Nice BikeBlue City - Ry Cooder 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Like Your EyesRy Cooder 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Main ThemeRy Cooder 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. See You In Hell Blind BoyRy Cooder 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Feelin' Bad BluesRy Cooder 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Swamp WalkRy Cooder 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. AngolaRy Cooder 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Viola Lee BluesRy Cooder 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Long RidersRy Cooder 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Archie's Funeral (Hold To God's Unchanging Hand)Ry Cooder 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Jesse JamesRy Cooder 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

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listen  1. King Of The StreetRy Cooder 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sunny's TuneRy Cooder 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. No QuieroRy Cooder 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cruising With RafeRy Cooder 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Klan MeetingRy Cooder 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Can't Walk This Time/The PrestigeRy Cooder 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. East St. LouisRy Cooder 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

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listen  1. Goose And LuckyRy Cooder 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Goyakla Is ComingRy Cooder 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Cancion MixtecaRy Cooder 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Canoes UpstreamRy Cooder 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. MariaRy Cooder0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bound For Canaan (Sieber & Davis)Ry Cooder 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bound For Canaan (The 6th Calvary)Ry Cooder 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Train To FloridaRy Cooder 9:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Houston In Two SecondsRy Cooder 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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 (July 11, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002N0X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Ry's instrumental virtuosity, versatility and his ability to transcend genre have made him one of the most in-demand soundtrack composers over the last two decades of American cinema, and this 2-CD set collects the best of his unfailingly evocative film scores. Includes excerpts from Paris, Texas; Alamo Bay; The Long Riders; Geronimo; Crossroads; The Border; Blue City; Johnny Handsome; Trespass , and more, plus the first release of material from Southern Comfort and Streets of Fire . Notes, too!

Ostensibly a collection of Cooder's film music, the two-CD Music by Ry Cooder delivers the cinematic quality of a good soundtrack album but packs the kind of ferocious jams--featuring crack players such as John Hiatt, Jim Keltner, David Lindley, and Jim Dickinson--that you'll never hear on a John Williams score. Cooder's melancholy acoustic and electric-slide moans are a constant, though the material shifts from the plaintive piano tune "I Like Your Eyes" (from Johnny Handsome) to the border-town ballad "Across the Borderline" (featuring Freddy Fender) to the grit-and-spit stomp of "Bomber Bash" (from Streets of Fire). From cowboy serenades to contemporary exotica, from Paris, Texas to Alamo Bay, Cooder's soundtrack legacy is a strangely unified cross section of an American master's finest and most varied work. --James Rotondi

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If you like slide guitar and delta blues, you'll love it.
Old Style
You should be really give this reasonably expensive 2-Cd compilation, your attention.
Often they had a narrative quality, as in the splendid, "F.D.R. In Trinidad."
Alistair McHarg

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I think some of the reviewers here miss the point: this is background music, which means that unlike some of Cooder's other, greater albums like PARADISE AND LUNCH, CHICKEN SKIN MUSIC, or INTO THE PURPLE VALLEY. Unlike these albums, the music here isn't supposed to call direct attention to itself. It is supposed to create mood and generate atmosphere. You can't listen to individual cuts with the same kind of attention that you would to his recording of Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man." I don't mean to denigrate the album by representing this as background music. That is simply what it is, and you have to judge it by different standards than music that is meant to perform a different function.
I derive enormous enjoyment from this album by employing it for the same purposes that it served in the various movies for which it was recorded. Reading, taking a bath, working, writing a friend to a letter: this is great music for any of those and a multitude of other activities. We sometimes want every piece of music to conform to a single use, but that simply isn't realistic.
I do want to make two general comments about this album. One is that the highpoint for me is the absolutely stunning song from the Jack Nicholson film THE BORDER (one of his greatest performances) entitled "The Borderline," written by Jim Dickinson and sung by Freddy Fender. It is simply a great song, and unlike the rest of the album, in no sense background music. The other remark is that a complaint that I have is that so little music from THE LONG RIDERS soundtrack was included. The best music that Cooder ever did for a movie was for that one, and I could have stood to have a great deal more included here. We get three cuts, but I would have enjoyed 4 or 5 more. Anyone enjoying those, however, should search out the entire soundtrack.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on August 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For those of you that are fans of 'Ry Cooders' work, collecting his music is something of a daunting proposition. With a collection of regular Studio albums totalling some 25+ albums (with 2005 utterly sublime "Chavez Ravine", being the most recent). If you are (like I am) a relatively newbie to his music, picking which albums to start with is an slightly tricky option.

For someone that has handled a multitude of genres: Rock, Blues-Rock, Ethnic Fusion, Slide Guitar Blues, Cuban, Film Music, Roots Rock, Latin, Worldbeat, & Blues, finding an album that encapsulates all his influences is going to be a compilers nightmare. Unfortunately...this isn't it!!, but before you head off to view the reviews for: "Why Don't You Try Me Tonight?: The Best of Ry Cooder" (Tremendous, overall 1 Cd Summary of his work), or "River Rescue: The Very Best of Ry Cooder", as compilations of his work. You should be really give this reasonably expensive 2-Cd compilation, your attention. Why??....well, this isn't as mentioned before, an 'Overall Summary' of his work, and instead is a compilation of the great many compositions for film soundtracks, that he has either composed or performed over the years.

This is predominately an album that although focusing on soundtracks, shows an incredible level of diversity and proficiency on his chosen instrument....(The Guitar), and seeing as Ry is one of the most gifted guitar Multi-instrumentalists of his generation, his excellence of his many uses of guitar are perfectly captured here. Although a lot of the work here, showcases his unprecedented work with the 'Slide Guitar', and manages to be some of the most organically expressive and Lush sophisticated guitar work, committed to CD.

The various arrangements here, are an incredibly diverse bunch.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Hodges on December 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Jeez, none of these guys (other reviewers) seem like any fun. You can find a whole bunch of intellectual reasons to carp about this album's Musical Merit, but it just SOUNDS SO GOOD. Yeah, the CD is basically a pile of riffs, but the riffs SOUND SO GOOD. While I have several of Ry Cooder's "better" CDs, this one just keeps getting played over and over because it SOUNDS SO GOOD. Maybe they get by with charging over 30 bucks for material that could not have cost squat to put out on CD because it SOUNDS SO GOOD. If you can't justify the expen$e, buy it for your car; it'll ride a lot nicer and improve your gas mileage.

Update 2008: Now that the price has dropped substantially, there is no longer any excuse for not buying this set. Still a big favorite after years of listening.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "jasemana" on October 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The collection of Ry Cooder's motion picture contributions I find to be essential for just that reason. There is a substantial amount of quality material here which, first off, is perfect for the person who doesn't know much about his music and would like to taste his stylings from different sources of inspiration ~ (Crossroads, Streets of Fire, Alamo Bay, Trespass, Paris, Texas, Johnny Handsome, e.g.) Secondly, and more importantly for me, there are also selections here that are otherwise unavailable (music from the soundtrack to Southern Comfort), which I think is a necessary element to complete any Cooder collection. Much of the music on this CD is ambient, but at the same time paints a very definite picture of landscapes and scenes through roots guitar playing. There are also a good number of tunes which feature the Leslie amplifier (a guitar amp with a rotating tremolo speaker which produces a drone effect), the mastering of which is an art in and of itself. The inner sleeve, although short, has some information regarding the logistics of each track, with a blurb by Cooder himself.
There are definitely other Ry Cooder releases which I would choose as my personal favorites (hence only three stars), however I think that none is as diverse as this double CD. A bit pricey, but overall, a nice compilation.
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