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My Name Is Buddy [CD]

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 (March 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000MDH8E6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On My Name Is Buddy, Ry Cooder revisits, in a new set of original material, the sound and feeling of the "dust bowl songs" he first explored on such groundbreaking albums as his self-titled 1970 debut and 1971's In The Purple Valley. He's joined by old friends like pianist Van Dyke Parks and drummer Jim Keltner who were with him at the start of his extraordinary, ultimately globe-spanning musical odyssey.

Though this release carries the deceptive subtitle Another Record by Ry Cooder, the virtuosic guitarist and ethnomusicological adventurer has never released another album quite like this. And neither has anyone else. After brilliant side trips into the music of pre-Castro Cuba and pre-baseball Chavez Ravine, Cooder returns to the Depression-era and Dust Bowl ballads that marked his earliest solo releases of the 1970s. Yet most of this material is original, offering a populist parable of three fellow travelers: Buddy Red Cat, Lefty Mouse, and the Reverend Tom Toad. The tradition of putting pointed social commentary in the mouths of animals extends from Animal Farm to Pogo, and Buddy seems like a feline cross between Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill--a troubadour of union solidarity, interspecies brotherhood, and radical populism. Though Cooder's cartoon vocals occasionally sound a little mannered, the music throughout ranks with his best, as he reunites with conjunto accordion master Flaco Jimenez and soul singers Terry Evans and Bobby King, enlists banjo brothers Pete and Mike Seeger, and receives inspired support from the Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, pianist Van Dyke Parks, and drummers Jim Keltner and (his son) Joachim Cooder. Whether he's channeling his inner Chet Baker on "Green Dog" or closing with the utopian vision of "There's a Bright Side Somewhere," Cooder shows more sides of his multifaceted music than he has on any previous release. --Don McLeese

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warms the heart. March 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I am not American. Nor do I usually buy this kind of music. I heard a few tracks by accident in a music store. But... we live in dark times, someone singing about friendship and brotherhood makes me feel that there are some good people out there. Its simple messages warm the heart. If the heart is true, the music is beautiful no matter whether the music is rock, rap... or in this case American Folk Music.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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Ry Cooder's latest album is an folk music opera to a rambling cat named Buddy who sleeps in a little suitcase and hobos around America with his best friend, a pro-labor union mouse named Lefty.

Huh?...come again? No, Ry Cooder has not lost his mind. Let me assure all doubters that "My Name Is Buddy" is not only his most audacious recording to date but arguably his best.

Knowing what you do about Ry Cooder's impeccable musical reputation do you think he'd risk it all to write a bizarre roots music epic about about a working class hobo cat? Don't think too long about the question because the entire idea seems so laughably absurd. It is not our place to question artistic genius.

In reality Cooder's musical statement tells us more about human relations than animal behavior. I can only tell you that you're missing something very special if you can't suspend disbelief and listen to this album on Ry Cooder's own artistic terms.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Ry Cooder masterpiece March 16, 2007
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I have been listening to Ry Cooder since 1969, and have enjoyed many great moments. Every music project he undertakes is always unique and handled with the utmost respect & integrity of the music. "My Name Is Buddy" is another jem, unlike anything I have heard from Ry. By surrounding himself with the great traditional musicians- Pete & Mike Seeger, bluegrass mandolin master, Roland White (the brother of the late Clarence White, both of the legendary Kentucky Colonials & Clarence was a member of the Byrds fame), Tex Mex accordian mastro Flaco Jimenez, Chieftains' Paddy Maloney, and other veteran pros, this is a GREAT collection of american music.

By telling the story through Buddy Red Cat, Lefty mouse, and Reverend Tom Toad, it offers an amusing and tearful journey of friendship and hardship in their travels. This is a collection of tunes that seem to have a story riding often on familiar traditional melodies, with some pretty interesting grooves bouncing along too. "Three Chords & The Truth" jumps & grinds in a funky groove. "Footprints In The Snow" tackles bluegrass with a Tex-Mex added accordian. Another favorite is "One Cat, One Vote, One Beer". After several listens I find that every song fits perfectly and becomes classic Cooder- a touch of this, a dash of that, mix it all together and get real American music. Don't pass on this one. This should get another award for Ry Cooder. I thank him I wish him the very best- Rob.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Cat Rules March 6, 2007
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Wow...what an album! Cooder acts as a modern day Alan Lomax, taking the listener on a journey through the old America of farm labor rights, political scandal, communist fear and dusty towns, all narrated by characters of the most peculiar and endearing sort. But, not only is this a journey through American history, but American music as well. The songs styles range from folk, jazz, country, blues, rock n'roll, bluegrass and tex-mex.. all played excellently by Cooder's familiar crew of musicians (including Mike Seeger, Flaco Jimenez, Joachim Cooder, Van Dyke Parks and Jim Keltner). But perhaps the most striking thing about the album is that not only is it a fascinating and thought provoking look at old America, it doubles as a brilliant commentary on our own current society, rich with thoughtful musings and important ideas that should be addressed; and in today's world of over-the-top and incredibly one-sided political commentary, this album is a breath of fresh air as well as an hour of beautiful music.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Either you "get it" or you don't... March 9, 2007
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And when you do "get it", it is astonishing. "My Name is Buddy" is a great collection. Period. It is another amazing work of art by the master, Ryland P.

Now, here's the thing about Ry Cooder. After all the years of simply superb music, he is still not well known to the average listener. To many, he's some shadowy cat with a cool name. Many of those who I introduced to his music became instant fans. This is not for the casual listener who will never "get it"...but then neither is Van Dyke Parks, for that matter. This is a true artists with concepts, visions and the virtuosity to realize these goals.

To give "My Name is Buddy" 5 stars is to minimize the perfection of "Into The Purple Valley", "Chicken Skin Music", "Talking Timbuktu", "Mambo Sinuendo" and only about a gross of other tracks (Did somebody say "Let's Burn Down The Cornfield" by Randy Newman?). Don't misunderstand me, "My Name is Buddy" is choice and miles beyond much of the aural drek served up today. It's just that Cooder standard is so high, these things are hard to measure.

And yes, while I am a long-time devoted fan, I do find that sometimes his "cartoonish" vocals are a bit too mannered, bordering upon parody (read "Down in Hollywood"), but it doesn't bother me in the least on this cd as it helps to advance and color the storyline.

Here's what you have to do. You have to lay down, close your eyes and let the story unfold in your head. What you will visualize is a time-warp story tinged with all the genres, styles, politics and attitudes that form America - what we say we are and what we really are. And that, dear friends, is a beautiful thing.

Flaco, Van Dyke, Paddy and the Seegers add wonderful colors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars on time and as expected
on time and as expected
Published 3 months ago by V. Foster
1.0 out of 5 stars When did Ry lose his bop?
I have all of RC's older albums. Nothing new seems to have it. This one almost seems to be a finger in the eye of fans.
Published 4 months ago by David Lay
5.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooter is great
I have several of his CDs and like them all. I already have this one but bought another as a gift for a friend who is retiring as a union organizer of over 20 years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary Aldridge Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Ry Cooder's stuff is really a breath of fresh air. If you just want art that is constantly heard on the radio,
ad nauseum, which apparently has received somebody's seal of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Antonio
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great songs here
..and some filler too, but overall it's a feisty and fun record. ""Red Cat Till I DIe" is a standout.
Published 9 months ago by Brad Edmondson
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be made into a film
It has just that kind of cinematic, character-driven quality. I can't really add anything to what other reviewers have said about it musically, but as storytelling, it's a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paul F. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend
Ry Cooder is a living legend, his music has brought happiness to millions with his music and the evocative eras he writes about. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chris Nally
5.0 out of 5 stars ideal
i am no practiced hand at reviewing music. i tend to think of it as being too subjective an art form for any opinion of mine to be valuable.

this is my favorite album. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jamie Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy the leftist cat in the Depression era
Ry Cooder / My Name Is Buddy: This is Orwell's Animal Farm re-imagined for The Dust Bowl. Buddy, a cat, makes his way through a hard and uncompassionate country in search of a... Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars's opera!
I sort of stumbled upon Ry's musical tableux by accident. Sort one of those 'what the heck is that?' kind of eyebrow knitting response. Then I bought two more CD's. Read more
Published on December 13, 2009 by Frank Elliott
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