There are some truly excellent comprehensive reviews already here (and one off the mark) so I will not attempt duplication. However, I have to say that for me this is Ry Cooder's masterpiece and a timeless gem. Blues, gospel and country rock, sung and played with awesome skill but above all joy and a sense of humour. Although I like some of his later work, such as the Buena Vista etc, Ry Cooder peaked here with Paradise and Lunch, sandwiched in between the excellent Chicken Skin Music and good but slightly disappointing by comparison Borderline. Something really magical happened in recording Paradise. Earl Fatha Hines exquisite "Ditty Wa Ditty" just rounds it off perfectly along with a wonderful, definitive version of "It's All Over Now". Also, try: the aforementioned albums; John Hiatt's excellent "Slow Turning"; or in gentler vein Kate and Anna McGarrigle's also magical self-titled album.