This album captures the sense of actually being there. It sounds as though everyone involved-audience and performers -were really enjoying themselves. Just like Bob Dylan and other great artists Ry Cooder never seems to perform a song the same way twice, so even if you already have versions of these songs it is worth getting. In fact, I prefer it to most of the studio versions; the fact that it is a bit "raw" in places makes it more interesting. The kind of band he assembles for his performances obviously has a big effect on the sound. You expect wonderful guitar playing, but you also get Flaco Jimenez on accordion giving a real Tex Mex swing and the superb singing of the gospel singers. My favourites are the Tex Mex version of Do,Re,Mi and Soul inspired Smack,Dab in the Middle and Volver,Volver is a revelation with Flaco on vocals (I assume) - he isn't credited. Every Ry Cooder fan should have this and everyone who likes swinging music.