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COODER, RY - LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Ry Cooder Audio CD
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RY COODER'S PULL UP SOME DUST AND SIT DOWN – SIMPLE TOOLS FOR CITIZENS UNDER SIEGE!
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2011

THERE'S YOU, THE CITIZEN, RUNNING IN CIRCLES LIKE A HEADLESS CHICKEN. AND THERE THEY ARE, THERE THEY ALL ARE, HERDING YOU FASTER AND FASTER THROUGH THE CIRCLE MAZE OF LIES AND DISTRACTION. WHO CAN YOU BELIEVE, WHO WILL THROW OUT THE LIFE ... Read more in Amazon's Ry Cooder Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: unknown
  • ASIN: B00F0ATBGY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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With 16-piece backing band Corridos Famosos ... his first live record in more than 30 years! Career-spanning, 12-track performance recorded at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall in September 2011. Includes covers of Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs and

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Ry Cooder's best 14 Sep 2013
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Ry Cooder fans like me will want this in their collections, but it's not one of his best albums by any means. There are some great moments, but also some rather weaker stuff and the live sound isn't great.

Good bits first: there are cracking versions of Vigilante Man and Crazy 'Bout An Automobile and there is, of course, some really fine guitar work in plenty of other places. The opening of Volver Volver is wonderful, for example...but the rest of it really isn't up to much, including some pretty dodgy tuning in Juliette Commagere's vocals. And that rather sums up the album for me - great in places but pretty ordinary overall.

Part of the problem is the sound, which is woolly, boomy and indistinct a good deal of the time. There is also a lot of intrusive audience noise, including a lot of that whooping in completely inappropriate places which is all about drawing attention to the whooper and nothing to do with appreciation of the music. It really needed to be mixed down because for me it spoils quite a lot of the quieter bits. (And what is it about Goodnight Irene? It's a pretty dull song and first Eric Clapton and now Ry Cooder have released...well...dull recordings of it. It's a mystery to me.)

I've loved Ry Cooder's music since I discovered Bop Till You Drop in 1979 (better late than never) and I'll certainly listen to anything by him, but I can't see me playing this very often. I suspect I'd have loved it if I'd been there, but as a record I can only give it a lukewarm recommendation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 14 Sep 2013
By DCL
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I don't quite get the generally luke warm reviews so far. To me this is a fine live CD. The sound quality on my system is pretty good, maybe not quite up to Live On Air standards but more than acceptable.

Ry and the band are in fine form and the recording gives you a front row seat experience. Highlights for me are Dark End of the Street, with great vocals from Terry Evans and Arnold McCuller and brilliant accordion as always from Flaco Jiminez. Of course Vigilante Man is Ry at his best with brilliant guitar. I also love the closer Good Night Irene which features some really beautiful interplay between Ry and Flaco. Vocally Ry seems to have improved with age compared to the Live on Air set.

The 10 piece horn section don't dominate the set , rather they compliment those songs they feature on.

Overall this is a very enjoyable disc, if you like live music then buy with confidence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rolling back the yearsl 17 Sep 2013
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I love this album, as it rolls back the years to the string of lp,s and performances in the late 70,s and early 80,s there is a warmth to hearing Cooder, Jimenez, Evans and Mculler enjoying themselves as they roar through this set. I,m a fan i might be biased i might even be wrong, but i still love chicken skin music live and i,ve got a feeling that i,m going to be playing this for as couple of decades. Knocked a polnt of for the between songs "banter" which i,m already skipping through but the playing is peerless
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Dont You Try Me 11 Sep 2013
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A bad Ry Cooder release be it a studio or live one isn't on the cards so far. I bought `live on air` a while back and really enjoyed it, especially on long car journeys. For me the winner is a really good `Dark End of the Street` `Schools Out` being a close second, whilst the others just feel `pedestrian`. It may well be a grower.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Borderline 10 Sep 2013
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Any release by Ry Cooder is a cause for celebration and since his live releases have been pretty thin on the ground (well, legitimate ones anyway), this one has been eagerly awaited.

Thirty six years on from his last authorised live album "Showtime" it's a shame, given the immense catalogue that he had to choose from, that three of the songs from that record are duplicated this time around, "School Is Out" a particularly surprising choice.

Most satisfying is Cooder's lengthy, stripped-down revisiting of "Vigilante Man", where freed from the shackles of the large supporting ensemble he gets down to what he does best with some very tasty guitar work. "Crazy 'Bout An Automobile" is another standard that Cooder has long since made his own and there's nothing wrong with it here, although the definitive version of that tune is to be found in the all-too-rarely aired 1987 concert film of Ry Cooder and The Moula Banda Rhythm Aces in Santa Cruz, which is positively unhinged. (By the way, when is someone finally going to release an authorised high quality CD or DVD of that magnificent show?)

Juliette Commagere, whose seductive vocals have illuminated much of Cooder's recent work, delivers a disappointingly mechanical and soulless rendition of another Cooder perennial "Volver Volver" whilst "Goodnight Irene" is similarly lifeless. Give me Tom Waits' version any day.

Otherwise, it's the older material that fares best with "Do Re Mi" and "Boomer's Story" the pick of the bunch.

School is out. End of term report: "Good, but could have done better."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder, Live 9 Jun 2014
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Starts well, but looses pace progressively as it plays.
Interesting guitar work, but has done better.
The first three tracks are the best
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ry Cooder live in San Fran 20 April 2014
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Ry Cooder live with Corridos Famosa they just rock the place.. A lot of his most well known tunes with a quirky number thrown in , the Mexican flavour just another layer into a great musical journey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by Mr. T. Faulkner
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Yes..... Pretty Good,.... Mostly
I rather like Live in San Francisco and it leaves me with the impression that it would have been great to be there! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ardsman
5.0 out of 5 stars As always, Ry is on top form
Ry Cooder is a genius and a master and such a generous musician, bringing so many other players and styles to the attention of loyal fans like me
Published 5 months ago by Arthur Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars funky live cooder
if you know cooder then you probably heard these before but its well done played well with some alt takes on favourites nice atmosphere,bit of a companion piece for cd... Read more
Published 7 months ago by roger bates
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic album by ry cooder
this is a fantastic album by ry cooder i have played it over and over again love it he gets better with age and his guests were something else you will not be disapointed if you... Read more
Published 8 months ago by marian mc cullough
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooder Magic!
The albums magic is clear in this offering. Cooder is as brilliant as ever. I've been an avid fan since the seventies.
Published 9 months ago by benbowbaggybum
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
Great music and up to his usual standard. Always worth listening to. I like the Mexican influence and instruments.
A man who likes to be different.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. P. Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I'm a huge Ry Cooder fan, I'll admit that up front. So that means I am baised, but I adore this album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by T. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful
One of the most important musicologist and guitarplayers in our time. I'ts a pity that we get rather a few full-length from nowadays.
Published 9 months ago by Jan Hulboj
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form
Some of Ry's recent stuff has been of variable quality. This CD is what he does best-take some great old songs, have a great band and let rip. Read more
Published 9 months ago by speriamo
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