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Rick Jay Plays Poker

Ricky Jay Plays Poker Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B000HT2MB4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Darktown Poker Club - Phil Harris
2. Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie - Bob Dylan
3. Turn The Cards Slowly - Patsy Cline
4. Five Card Stud - Lorne Green
5. Don't Turn The Card - Memphis Minnie
6. Politics & Poker - Howard Da Silva
7. Ace In The Hold - Anita O'day
8. Little Queen Of Spades - Robert Johnson
9. Etienne Gonna Die - Saint Etienne
10. Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold - Townes Van Zandt
11. Poker Playing Baby - Harris Willis
12. Gambler's Guitar - Merle Travis
13. Darktown Poker Club - Bert Williams
14. Dolan's Poker Party - Frank Crumit
15. Poker Woman Blues - Blind Blake
16. Wild Card - Tex Williams
17. Ace Of Spades - O.V. Wright
18. The Roving Gambler - Country Gentlemen
19. Bedspring Poker - Mississippi Sheiks
20. Ace In The Hole - Dave Van Ronk
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

This royal flush of a card sharp's compilation provides an inspired soundtrack for magician Ricky Jay's poker obsession. The game (blood sport?) offers common thematic ground for blues king Robert Johnson, country queen Patsy Cline, folk great Bob Dylan, soul legend O.V. Wright, and the high bluegrass harmonies of the Country Gentlemen. The selection additionally extends from call-and-response musicals (Howard Da Silva's "Politics and Poker") to TV (Lorne "Bonanza" Greene's "Five Card Stud") to Irish balladry ("Dolan's Poker Party"). The same song--"Ace in the Hole" (not the George Strait country favorite)--receives dramatically different readings from the sultry Anita O'Day and the gravel-voiced Dave Van Ronk. Listening to Townes Van Zandt's allegorical "Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold," you can't help thinking that poker is the perfect metaphor for life (or perhaps that life is the perfect metaphor for poker). --Don McLeese

Product Description

Ricky Jay combines his talents as a sleight of hand expert, historian of cons and cheats, and lover of poker and poker music in this remarkable CD/DVD deluxe set that celebrates the history, the language and literature, the art and the music of poker. 21 songs of hustlers, reprobates, blacklegs, scallywags and the passions and pleasures of the game. The deluxe gift box also includes a bonus dvd starring Ricky Jay performing some unbelievable deception at the card table, a 72 page color book with an in-depth essay written by Jay and beautiful reproductions from his incredible collection of art and memorabilia and - if all that weren't enough - a custom poker pack from the U. S. Playing Card Company.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music - fascinating video, but too short! March 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ricky Jay is great. How I would love to hang out around the card table and listen to his stories! This is probably as close as I'll ever get and it's just not enough!

The musical selections and the liner notes on the CD are superb. I'm a music collector, so many of the selections were familiar, but there are some nice surprises here and it's wonderful to have them all collected in one place. The packaging is also quite nice (though I'm not sure I need a deck of cards - it does make a nice touch).

My primary motivation in picking this up, however, was the DVD (spurred on by the tantalizing clip provided above). While it was every bit as fascinating as I'd hoped, it was a bit short (less than 30 minutes). Oddly enough, the clip used to promote it does NOT appear on the DVD!! Even without that fairly obvious clue, it is apparent that there is a lot more footage from the session, so why not include more?? The DVD almost comes off as a promo/teaser for a much larger project. In that sense, it was disappointing, so I docked it a star.

Nevertheless, if you like a good cross-genre thematic compilation and some great backroom double-dealing and story-swapping, don't pass this up.
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The music is good, but the DVD is top notch. It's informal, it's funny, it's filled with astounding feats accompanied by the wit and wonder by the verbose virtuoso that is Ricky Jay. The man is a treasure and I'm glad he put out this multimedia volume, which tackles the age old question "If you're so good with cards in magic tricks, could you cheat at poker?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rickey Jay - Poker wizard! May 30, 2013
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I'm not playing against this guy. I've seen shuffle. He's got experience, history, smarts, and a bigger bankroll than me.
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