Ry Cooder | Soundtracks | 7 CD Set

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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. Famous for his slide guitar work, Ry Cooder has been highly ranked in both Rolling Stone magazine and Gibson's Greatest Guitarists of All Time polls. His talent has seen him collaborate with many noted musicians including Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Neil Young.

Ry Cooder started producing soundtracks on his own in 1980 with The Long Riders. It was the first of many soundtracks that Cooder would record for the film's director, Walter Hill. Many of them are included in this set: Crossroads, Johnny Handsome, Trespass, and Blue City, a film Hill produced.

Ry Cooder enjoyed a prolific two-year period between 1985-86 when he reeled off more than half of the soundtracks in this collection, including Alamo Bay, Blue City, Crossroads, and Paris, Texas, the Wim Wenders' film that won the prestigious Palme d'Or in 1984 at the Cannes Film Festival.

The soundtracks vary widely in terms of style, even as the group of musicians who performed on them remained remarkably consistent. In fact, some combination of drummer Jim Keltner, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, guitarist David Lindley, and composer Van Dyke Parks can be heard on every soundtrack included in this set. In addition to those core musicians, the albums also boasts some fantastic guest performances by Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on Alamo Bay, keyboardist Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers on Blue City, and harmonica player Sonny Terry on Crossroads.

Ry Cooder Soundtracks is packaged in a clam shell case with each album placed in an individual card mini-jacket of original album artwork, contained within the convenient shelf-sized box.

Soundtracks:

« The Long Riders (1980)

« Music From Alamo Bay (1985)

« Paris, Texas (1985)

« Blue City (1986)

« Crossroads (1986)

« Johnny Handsome (1989)

« Trespass (1993)

Track Listings:

RY COODER __ THE LONG RIDERS - ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

1. The Long Riders

2. I'm A Good Old Rebel

3. Seneca Square Dance

4. Archie's Funeral (Hold To God's Unchanging Hand)

5. I Always Knew That You We're The One

6. Rally 'Round The Flag

7. Wildwood Boys

8. Better Things To Think About

9. Jesse James

10. Cole Younger Polka

11. Escape From Northfield

12. Leaving Missouri

13. Jesse James

RY COODER __ MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE "ALAMO BAY"

1. Theme From Alamo Bay

2. Gooks On Main Street

3. Too Close

4. Klan Meeting

5. Sailfish Evening

6. The Last Stand (Alamo Bay)

7. Quatro Vicios

8. Search & Destroy

9. Glory

RY COODER __ PARIS, TEXAS - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

1. Paris, Texas

2. Brother

3. Nothing Out There

4. Canci„n Mixteca

5. No Safety Zone

6. Houston In Two Seconds

7. She's Leaving The Bank

8. On The Couch

9. I Knew These People

10. Dark Was The Night

RY COODER __ BLUE CITY - MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

1. Blue City Down

2. Elevation 13 Ft.

3. True Believers/Marianne

4. Nice Bike

5. Greenhouse

6. Billy And Annie

7. Pops And 'Timer/Tell Me Something Slick

8. Blue City

9. Don't Take Your Guns To Town

10. A Leader Of Men

11. Not Even Key West

RY COODER __ CROSSROADS - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

1. Crossroads

2. Down In Mississippi

3. Cotton Needs Pickin'

4. Viola Lee Blues

5. See You In Hell, Blind Boy

6. Nitty Gritty Mississippi

7. He Made A Woman Out Of Me

8. Feelin' Bad Blues

9. Somebody's Callin' My Name

10. Willie Brown Blues

11. Walkin' Away Blues

RY COODER __ JOHNNY HANDSOME ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK

1. Main Theme

2. I Can't Walk This Time/The Prestige

3. Angola

4. Clip Joint Rhumba

5. Sad Story

6. Fountain Walk

7. Cajun Metal

8. First Week At Work

9. Greasy Oysters

10. Smells Like Money

11. Sunny's Tune

12. I Like Your Eyes

13. Adios Donna

14. Cruising With Rafe

15. How's My Face

16. End Theme

RY COODER __ TRESPASS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SCORE)

1. Video Drive-By

2. Trespass (Main Title)

3. East St. Louis

4. Orgill Bros.

5. Goose And Lucky

6. You Think It's On Now

7. Solid Gold

8. Heroin

9. Totally Boxed In

10. Give Em Cops

11. Lucy In The Trunk

12. We're Rich

13. King Of The Street

14. Party Lights