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Cherry Ball Blues is my very favorite release, slide guitar, tablas, bass and a few more interesting bits and pieces put together in a tasteful acoustic fusion.
What really brings this release together is the bass playing of Tommy McClure. I really dig his style. Randy Newman is present, Sleepy John Estes (Ax sweet mama, President Kennedy), Jim Keltner on drums, a a few more. Really thoughtful and inspiring musicality. The liner notes don't really add much history behind the recording, but perhaps a quick search will bring together a bit of the studio log, and events associated with the "album."
This release and myself have a history. I bought it in 1972 on vinyl LP, scratched it all up, found another LP at a Flea Market then FINALLY, and thank you Ry, the digital version on CD came out. It won't disappoint.
Gimme some yes votes, if you will. Thanks!!
Anyways, I just wrote a review about BOP TILL YOU DROP pleased there was no accordion play on that Ry Cooder '79 release. The same goes here with Jim Keltner already present on drums (no Drummond on bass yet), with Jim Dickinson on bass and piano. There are always good musicians working with Cooder and this early production (Jim Dickinson, Lenny Waronker WB's) is no exception.
Highlights are the title song (adapted by Cooder); the fairly old fashioned and hip instrumental "Cherry Ballin' Blues"; and the very old fashioned, but flat-out just great sounding "Ax Sweet Mama" (written by legendary Sleepy john Estes!) with Cooder pluckin' his mandolin (banjo? whatever, great sound) and singing in one of his early chameleon-like, southern black man drawls. I think he's imitating Sleepy John.
An early Randy Newman piano appearance can be heard on "Rally 'Round the Flag" (written by George F. Root! yes, it's That old);
and "Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer" gets it's due as another fairly obscure song (this is what Ry does) given an effective modern treatment.
The instrumental version of "Dark End of the Street" leaves the much more popular version of The Commitments fame in its somber almost not recognizable wake. It's there though in all its guitar and sad piano glory. Well done.Read more ›
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I had a 1972 tape of this recording which finally broke, I was heart broken; it was my favorite recording (especially "Crow Black Chicken" and it's real meanings! Read morePublished 23 months ago by ed gagne
My original is all worn out so glad to now have the digital version.
Any chance of Ry going back to the masters and issuing higher than CD resolution files?
I bought this CD because I wanted "Crow Black Chicken" and couldn't download the track. I was hoping the rest of the CD would be somewhat like that, or like some of his older... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Olin Joseph Hartman
Good stuff from one of Ry's most productive periods. (But if you already have "Paradise and Lunch" you don't need it).Published on July 1, 2012 by Donald Gardner
Im so glad i was able to pick this 1972 classic up the guitar playing is amazing and touches my heart every time i listen to it. Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by jeff
If you like Ry Cooder then this is must have - early work with great group of studio musicians from the LA scene - great album from start to finish!Published on February 1, 2011 by Peter A Wall
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