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Boomer's Story Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 13, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LN3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have been a long time fan of Ry Cooder's music. Boomers' Story has always been dear to my heart. Ry's version of Maria Elena is the sweetest I've heard, gives me goosebumps! Each song on this cd (album in my day!!) is first rate. Good morning Mr. Railroad Man indeed!!! Seems to me that there is a celebration of a great many important human emotions expressed in this music, and I think I am fortunate to have shared in it all. I saw Ry Cooder in a few small venue performances in the 70's and came away with an enlightened feeling that has stayed with me through the years. This is real art, folks.
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Ry broke into the digital technology early in the game, a pioneer. Interestingly, Ry was also one of the first out of the gate to digitalize his early releases, and we're fortunate for it. This release was pivital in 1972, and just as ground breaking in the CD format. Ry cataloged a variety of styles here, renditions of folk songs, delta, progressive blues... all with the originality and sparkle of Ry Cooder's slide guitar style. Profoundly original.

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!!

Enjoy!
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I had never heard of Ry Cooder until I found out he did the soundtrack for the movie "Crossroads". I immediately bought this album and it's one of my favorites. I still get goose bumps when I listen to "Dark End of the Street" and "A Wing and a Prayer". Many of these songs were written in the pre-World War II era and I don't think the compositions were changed too much from the originals. With a bunch of great musicians though these songs give them a chance to play some incredible music.
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richly textured, this recording is a prime example of the future soundtrack work and the cultural melting pot that cooder has refined into an ecclectic style all his own. It draws on old tradionals,and has some really silky slide work It is one of his mellower c-d's that he sings on.It's perfect sunday morning music .
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BOOMER'S STORY was released in 1972 and to look at it in that perspective it's quite an amazing album pieced together (I'm guessing, though, that these songs, none written by Cooder, were 'chosen' by him) by a young man no more than 25 years old.
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.
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The songs here are slightly "enhanced" - nice presence, rich bass, brighter high end - and might be an improvement over the old CD on some songs, but this reissue is fatally flawed. Both "Ax Sweet Mama" and "Maria Elena" are grotesquely slowed down, dropping a semitone or so and dragging lethargically. Also, several of the songs on side 2 have a good bit of crackle in the right channel. Stick with the regular CD. This is a mess.
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The best of Codder's early Roots 'n Blues albums with excelent production values. My personal early Cooder favorite. The title track is still amzing and touching, and all the other songs are gems as well.
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