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Soundtracks [Box set]

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 (29 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Bros. / Rhino
  • ASIN: B00M97MWUI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7CD set. Seven soundtrack albums from 1980 to 1993, in mini-LP sleeves! Contains "The Long Riders", "Music From Alamo Bay", "Paris, Texas", "Blue City", "Crossroads", "Johnny Handsome" and "Trespass".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Check the price and divide by 7 18 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Soundtracks (7CD Box) ~ Ry Cooder (Warner/Rhino)

A very tempting collection of all the seven soundtracks albums issued on, or through, Warner Bros. where the music was produced (and played) by Ry Cooder.

I already had CD versions of three of these soundtracks and rated them all very highly so the question for me was is this box worth buying for the four soundtracks I did not have and had not heard.

Based on one listen I'm certain the answer is most certainly yes!

I can't imagine anyone who likes Ry Cooder being disappointed with any of the easier to find albums here like 'The Long Riders', 'Paris, Texas', and 'Crossroads'. The versions in the box either equal or (in the case of 'The Long Riders') sound even better than the original CD editions. The cardboard sleeves are all very neat too. 'Paris, Texas' has a different sleeve than the one I am familiar with.

'Alamo Bay' was originally issued on Slash Records (1985) and was one title that I have always wanted to get hold of. It has, as a stand-alone album, been out of print for years, so I was well pleased to find it included in this box. This soundtrack has a varied mix of different musical styles, and all have their own special attractions. Although I have only heard it once I like what I am hearing.

'Blue City' (1986) is another album with a varied mix of musical styles. It opens with a rocker, followed by a slow groove instrumental that features some lovely steel drum sounds. I don't think Ry Cooder plays on the third track, a pop song performed by a band called True Believers. The record also includes a Ry Cooder version of the 1958 Johnny Cash song 'Don't Take Your Guns To Town'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the great film composers 11 Oct 2014
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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For most of the 20th century, the movie music greats, many of them transplanted Europeans, inevitably drew from the classical canon: Max Steiner, Alfred Newman, Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Maurice Jarre, John Berry, Nino Rota, Jerry Goldsmith, and so on. Some of them, like Aaron Copland, Miklós Rózsa, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovitch, were first and foremost classical composers.

As the cinema approached this century, however, its composers began to diversify greatly, drawing from so many traditions -- jazz, rock, folk, and so on -- that it became very hard to categorize them. Ry Cooder sounds nothing like Danny Elfman or Randy Newman or James Horner or Hans Zimmer or anyone else, for that matter.

Since the 1960s, Cooder has been producing music of an enormously eclectic range, from traditional to modern, on his own and in collaboration with the likes of Captain Beefheart, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, David Lindley, John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, The Chieftains, and The Doobie Brothers. He is clearly influenced by such deeply American traditions as bluegrass, delta blues, Tex-Mex, Dixieland, and gospel, but he blends them together with other musical strains (including Hawaiian, African, Latin, etc.) to create unique soundtracks.

This collection of Cooder's music presents complete film scores from seven movies that were made in the 1980s and 1990s. They come on seven CDs in thin sleeves, contained in a sturdy case. Three of them ("The Long Riders," "Paris, Texas," and "Crossroads") are fine films in their own right. The others ("Alamo Bay," "Blue City," "Johnny Handsome," and "Trespass") are far less memorable, costing this anthology a star in my rating, but the music is never less than inspired.

The box is rather different from the 1995 release "Music by Ry Cooder," a two-CD sampler from 11 different movies. Both are recommended; your choice, I suppose, depends on how much of a completist you are. But if you're a fan of film music, you need him in your collection. He really is one of the greats.
5.0 out of 5 stars Check the price and divide by 7 18 Oct 2014
By Jackie P - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Soundtracks (7CD Box) ~ Ry Cooder (Warner/Rhino)

A very tempting collection of all the seven soundtracks albums issued on, or through, Warner Bros. were the music was produced (and played) by Ry Cooder.

I already had CD versions of three of these soundtracks and rated them all very highly so the question for me was is this box worth buying for the four soundtracks I did not have and had not heard.

Based on one listen I'm certain the answer is most certainly yes!

I can't imagine anyone who likes Ry Cooder being disappointed with any of the easier to find albums here like 'The Long Riders', 'Paris, Texas', and 'Crossroads'. The versions in the box either equal or (in the case of 'The Long Riders') sound even better than the original CD editions. The cardboard sleeves are all very neat too. 'Paris, Texas' has a different sleeve than the one I am familiar with.

'Alamo Bay' was originally issued on Slash Records (1985) and was one title that I have always wanted to get hold of. It has, as a stand alone album, been out of print for years, so I was well pleased to find it included in this box. This soundtrack has a varied mix of different musical styles, and all have there own special attractions. Although I have only heard it one time I like what I am hearing.

'Blue City' (1986) is another album with a varied mix of musical styles. It opens with a rocker, followed by a slow groove instrumental that features some lovely steel drum sounds. I don't think Ry Cooder plays on the third track, a pop song performed by a band called True Believers. The record also includes a Ry Cooder version of the 1958 Johnny Cash song 'Don't Take Your Guns To Town'.

A lot of the very impressive 'Johnny Handsome' soundtrack (released in 1989) was featured on the superb double CD 'Music By Ry Cooder', and after hearing the deep atmospheric pieces that were featured on that compilation getting hold of the entire album became a priority.

'Trespass' (originally issued on Sire in 1992) is the one album here that really will surprise a lot of people. This soundtrack features Jon Hassell on trumpet and is full of what sounds to me like industrial/experimental music (not a musical style you would associate with Ry Cooder). The record is notable for the inclusion of one cracking vocal track with killer lyrics - 'King Of The Street', and ends surprisingly with the out and out straight country song 'Party Lights'.

All the soundtracks in this box sound top notch. If you are after a bargain just check the price of the box and divide by 7 (then check the price of the stand alone CDs).

The box itself is sturdy. There is no booklet - but that's no big deal when you can check online if you want or need any further info / reading material.

This collection is an excellent follow up to last year's wonderful 11 CD box >>Ry Cooder<< 1970 -1987.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Americana! 20 Oct 2014
By SteveG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Terrific collection from one of the true artists that exudes America with every song his composes, performs and producers. of the 7 albums, Alamo Bay and Johnny Hamsome drag a bit for me but the rest starting with The Long Riders, Cross Roads, Blue City and the experimental jazz of Trespass are fantastic with the last disc Trespass ending with an ironic old timey like song after the urban music asault brings the music full circle. The jewel in this collection is the breath taking soundtrack to Paris, Texas where Cooder supplies a clinic of acoustic based slide guitar. My only real complaint is lack of a liner note book to flesh out the story of the macking of the soundtracks and revealing the many fine musicans that Cooder employed. Franky, Cooder's music is Sonic Americana.
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