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Paradise & Lunch

Ry CooderAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 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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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002KC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
2. Tattler
3. Married A Man's A Fool
4. Jesus On The Mainline
5. It's All Over Now
6. Fool For A Cigarette/ Feelin' Good
7. If Walls Could Talk
8. Mexican Divorce
9. Ditty Wah Ditty

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Think of Ry Cooder as a musicologist who makes learning fun. A particularly nifty collection from 1974, Paradise & Lunch is solo Cooder at his best. The song selection is inspired and unpredictable: numbers by Burt Bacharach, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Bobby Womack commingle with ease. "Tattler" is a rare Ry original that happens to be one of the collection's highlights. Jazz legend Earl Hines guests on the dapper "Ditty Wa Ditty." --Steven Stolder

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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder's Best August 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
All of Ry Cooder's music is exceptional. All of it. So picking his "best" record is a bit like picking Beethoven's best string quartet. Or Bob Dylan's best song. But this album is special. It's the kind of record that you mention to that new friend you discover whose taste is broad, deep and solid, who would recommend a record to you and you would just buy it unquestioningly because of the respect you have for the person's discriminating taste, and that person will look you in the eye with a knowing respect and say, "You know about 'Paradise and Lunch'?" And it will turn out to be on both your top 10 lists. Most people don't know about this record, but every time I meet that rare new person who really knows music but whose taste is not focused on just one area (you know, the guy who has every album Cecil Taylor made, but who has never heard of the Kronos Quartet), this one is on their short list of all-time favorites.
If you are not sure whether you will like it, ask yourself whether you like old country blues, old gospel, calypso, street-corner a capella singing, or any pre-commercial American roots music. No? OK, forget it then. But if you do, all those influences are on this record and more, produced and performed in an original, infectious way that will keep these tunes in your head for decades (they've certainly been in my head that long.) In fact, I probably would not put it on my list of 10 records to take to a desert island, like some other reviewers mentioned. I don't have to, because every song on the album has long been burned into my synapses, and I can recall them all note for note any time I want. You might find the same happens to you. Tamp 'em up solid, so they won't come down.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I first encountered Ry Cooder in 1979 when I bought the first edition of The Rolling Stone Record Guide and despite my near poverty level pay as a high school teacher, proceeded to buy every 5-star album in the book. When I reached the C's and read about music archivist Ry Cooder and his masterpiece "Paradise and Lunch," I rushed out and bought it. It was everything they said it was. Stylistically, it may be all over the map, but every song is a classic. While I have since purchased all of Cooder's music, "Paradise" was the one that I went out and repurchased on CD. If I could only take ten albums to a desert island, this would definitely be one of them.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a desert island disc February 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I wore out my original record of this long ago. It's my favorite Ry Cooder album, and I've got most of 'em. Why? Top notch, soulful playing and singing, and quirky songs that'll make you laugh! ("I got thrown out of church, for talkin' 'bout Diddy Wah Diddy too much...")It's not commercial stuff, but in a perfect world it would be. Great slide work and fine gospel backup singing. Guaranteed to make you feel good and put a smile on your face! A musician's choice!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Ry Cooder November 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I must have burned out 3 vinyl copies of this album since discovering it on a friend's turntable in his Oregon cabin in '74. The CD is equal to the vinyl version, and like someone else commented, this would be on my top ten to take to a desert island.
If "feel good" music actually exists, this is it. Several hundred listenings may even cure cancer.
"Diddy-Wah-Diddy" also features my dear friend, the late, great New Orleans pianist and singer, Ronnie Barron.
"Paradise" is one to treasure, to share with friends. A milestone.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Well, the packaging IS cool, with reproductions not only of the LP sleeve and disc label, but also the inner paper sleeve. However, the sound is a disaster. The entire disc has been given an extreme treble boost, which creates distortion and completely changes its character. On many songs the percussion (especially cymbals and snare) dominates the mix, making a song such as "Tamp 'Em Up Solid" sound almost like cocktail jazz. The old CD sounds muffled in comparison, but it - like the rest of Reprise's domestic CD reissues - was true to the original LP sound. Warner Brothers engineers (and Ry) had wonderful ears, and I'm sure the mix we heard in 1974 was close to the one they wanted. This is like listening to a band from inside the snare drum. I don't know how someone listening to this album for the first time would react to the new mix, but I can't handle it. Painful and disappointing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album Ever April 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Now that I have your attention, I would just like to say read David Bell's review herein and you will have a good idea how I feel about this album. Only I cherish it more. I have a cabin in the woods where I go to contemplate the world, and this CD is in the creaky old CD changer I keep down there. I play it over and over. I play it when I have the tribe over for a special dinner. I play on a sun dappled afternoon when I just want to drift away to a kinder time. I play it when I want to share something special with old friends. Ry Cooder seems like one of the kindest people on the planet, and his musicianship is only barely this side of heaven. I like, sort of, his new much acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club work, but I wish he would make another album/CD like this one for his long suffering long appreciative fans. "Into the Purple Valley" is almost as good, and some folks would say better. Anyway, I have never written a review, but this musical jewel deserves all the veneration we can muster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Vintage Cooder
Ask me why I didn't have any Ry Cooder until this and I can't give a good answer. He's one of those people that don't miss very often and this is early stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Shoveldog
5.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder's best album
Quite simply, the best album he ever did, at least in his earlier phase, before his brilliant latter-day work (Buena Vista Social Club, for example). Read more
Published 3 months ago by PGBESQ
4.0 out of 5 stars It's ok.....
I thought there'd be a lot more of the bluesy kind of music there is in Crossroads, but there's a lot of different styles here. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Katz Dubay
4.0 out of 5 stars RY COMMENTARY
RY COODER-PARADISE & LUNCH: Most music fans are only vaguely familiar with fret-king RY COODER through his sublime soundtrack work, sessions with THE ROLLING STONES (rumor has it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Ry Toast
Why.... Cause cause Ryland is cooking it up! What a wonderful talent very moving and fun as well. Buy it!
Published 11 months ago by Chas Burke
2.0 out of 5 stars don't order from these sellers
very poor recording, music too low, again tried it on 3 different systems. also, it's missing one of the songs that's advertised on the cover? that's never happened before.
Published 16 months ago by jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like it by nobody
Great music by a great muscian.It simply never gets old.Unique and timeless.Classic.Have had copies on LP, CD, and now mp3 of this recording.
Published 19 months ago by The Counselor
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 years on and still rockin'
I first had this album about 30 years ago. I loved it, as I did all Ry Cooder's albums. It was stolen in waht I termed " The Great CD and Cassette(!) Robbery of 2000. Read more
Published on September 4, 2008 by Droobermum
5.0 out of 5 stars Ry's best, with some immortal slide playing
The Diddy Wah Diddy with Hines is beyond fabulous; so much interplay and groove and touch and taste. My God it's good. Read more
Published on September 16, 2007 by K. Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars ...A TRUE WORK OF ART! BEAUTIFUL JAPANESE VERSION!
This Japanese mini-lp replica version of Ry Cooder album is simply a work of art! Very beautifully designed with all the lyrics included and with a sound quality remastered to... Read more
Published on August 26, 2007 by Rafael
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