You can trust me on this one - I have been listening to this record/CD since it first came out way back in 1970! It's a stayer - not something you have continuously on your player, but songs you come back to, time and again.
They're all covers, apart from his own excellent instrumental 'Available space' - but there's some real crackers here, with fantastic guitar playing and Cooder's trademark melancholy/wistfulness/whatever. Top numbers are really all of them, with the exception of 'One meat ball' - too much over the top dripping-with-pathos (or bathos). On Alimony you even get backing vocals by Gloria Jones & co, who also sang with Neil Young and Little Feat (and T Rex, of course). Chris Ethridge and Roy Estrada play bass on some numbers; Van Dyke Parks on piano.
I still like some of his later work, especially the one with Ali Farka Toure, but his first two albums - this one and 'Through the Purple Valley' - are still among my favourites, 40 years on!