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Live in Hamburg 1977 [Import]

Ry Cooder Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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 (30 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Immortal
  • ASIN: B00CPCERQ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With The Chicken Skin Band and Flaco Jimenez. Live performance in Markthalle, Hamburg in January 1977 on his "Chicken Skin Music" tour.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The master in his prime 27 July 2013
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Actually, my title is a little unfair. I don't think Ry Cooder has ever not been in his prime. His most recent releases are in my humble opinion just as much a celebration of taste and virtuosity as his earliest eponymous album.

Although his catalogue of releases has included 'Showtime' which was a live release there has been very little available of his concerts other than via the bootleggers. Indeed, I'm not sure this is not from a previous bootleg which I purchased nearly 20 years ago. However, this is better packaged and without the timing 'pips' which meant that it was from a radio recording of some kind.

Anyway, back to the music. Yes, perhaps there could be a slightly better fidelity in the soundstage but you'll quickly find that is entirely made transparent by the sheer beauty of Cooder's delivery. A great part of this album is actually an acoustic set with one or two other musicians or backing singers. Every performance is worthy of note but my favourites have to be 'One Meatball', if only because Cooder has been entirely responsible for keeping alive this wonderful piece of Americana (for which he should receive some kind of Congressional medal, imho) and 'Fool for a cigarette' which just keeps you engaged from start to finish. "Let Your Light Shine On Me" is a tribute I suspect to the Bahamian musician Joseph Spence - it is certainly delivered in that style.

If you are an audiophile and you pass on this album then you are an audiophilistine because as far as performances go it does not get better than this. Cooder demonstrates that he has to be taken seriously as one of the world's leading guitarists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achtung, Ry Live 10 Dec 2013
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I top rate this product because I am a Ry Colder fan and because in my view the Chicken Skin Review is his best assemblage of musicians. It is perhaps not quite up to the quality of the Live album which most Colder fans will be familiar with but has the same line up and is well worth a listen. For the price, it is exceptional value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Individual Concert 11 Oct 2013
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Initially I was a little disappointed with the recording. On several more listenings I took less notice of the recording and became overwhelmed with the brilliant musicianship and playing on this cd. I have a number of Cooder CD's, but I felt there was a beautiful uniqueness about the style of playing. Exceptional, an amazing uncomercial feel about it. I even became more forgiving about the recording, it wasn't as disappointing as I thought.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you back 30 Aug 2013
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I was delighted to discover this recording and felt like I had stepped back in time which was a real treat and Flaco Jiminez was truly awesome hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do/did
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Showtime - Part 2 26 Sep 2013
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If Cooder's 1977 'Showtime' had been a double-album, this would have been the second disc. With pretty much the same line-up - including Flaco Jimenez, Terry Evans and Bobby King (vocals) - and from the same Cooder era, this album is every bit as good as its predecessor.

The set list: Stand By Me, Tattler, Dark End Of The Street, One Meat Ball, Fool For A Cigarette, Tamp 'em Up Solid, Let Your Light Shine On Me, Viva Sequin/Do Re Mi, Goodnight Irene and Volver Volver.

The playing is excellent - Dark End Of The Street is a virtuouso extended electric slide solo; One Meat Ball, Fool... and Tamp 'em Up showcase Ry's acoustic guitar. The only dodgy note perhaps is the sax work on Volver Volver.

The sound quality is full and clear; the mix is right - albeit it close to mono (hence 4 stars, rather than 5) - and the audience applause is mixed down.

The packaging is a tri-fold Digipack with some good photos (of the gig?) and a decent essay by one William Hogeland (no idea).

Bottom line: worth the money? worth having? For Cooder fans, I think SO!
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5.0 out of 5 stars just love Ry Cooder not much else I can say 7 July 2014
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just love Ry Cooder not much else I can say
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5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this before? 26 Jun 2014
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I've been a Ry Cooder fan for 40-odd years and seen him live a number of times, but somehow missed out on the existence of this excellent live performance, and the equally-good 'Live on Air/Live at the Plant' (same album- beware!). Flaco Jimenez' name appears on the front cover, and with good reason- his accordion playing is almost as much a feature as Ry's guitar. I love that but if you find it a bit cheesey, look to the other live recordings instead.
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