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  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B001EO2UJA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
For someone who has been making music for over 40 years it's very hard to encapsulate their career into even two CDs as we have here. This compilation was put together by Ry and his son Joachim and contains a good selection of Ry's solo records from his 1970 eponymous debut to 2008's "I, Flathead" and also his film soundtracks. It also contains one unreleased track the old Wilbert Harrison number "Let's work together" featuring Ry playing with accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco.

The two CDs present a good variety across his work from the acoustic worksong "Tamp 'Em Up Solid" to the electric R&B of "The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor)" to the evocative soundtrack instrumental "Paris, Texas". Inevitably with a record like this there are some missing tracks which you wish had been included (although my all time favourite Cooder track "Teardrops Will Fall" made the cut) but overall this is a very good overview of his entire career and will allow people to sample and then buy the individual albums if they like particular sounds/styles.

So why haven't I given it five stars? Well I would have preferred less of the soundtrack themes - which did get their own compilation in 'Music by Ry Cooder' - and 12 of these tracks appeared on the 90s compilation 'River Rescue'. I would also have liked a few more obscure tracks, Ry's session work and collaborations with other artists, but perhaps I'm being a bit picky. Overall this is an excellent sampler of a wonderful artist who has produced marvellous music throughout his career.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Driver on 29 Jan 2009
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Everyone has their own perfect, and lengthy, Ry Cooder compilation. This one, drawn up by his son, misses out some must-have classics - there's no space, for example, for the sublime "Everything's gonna turn out fine" from "Bop till you drop" - and it has a rather instrumental bias with quite a preponderance of film music. But as a taster to the great man's genius it successfully sends you back to the delights of the maestro's early back catalogue and lures you on to the more recent eclectic delights of "I Flathead" and "Buddy". Worth buying too, for diehards, for the previously unreleased "Let's Work Together". It would be good if someone followed it up with "Records with Ry on them": Taj Mahal, Emmylou Harris...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
I wanted to point out something about this 2CD retro that many seem to be ignoring - or not mentioning at all - the TRULY STUNNING SOUND QUALITY.

Fans of the wonderful Ry Cooder will know that apart from an occasional CD here and there and an 8-album campaign in Japan in 2007 - there have been NO remasters of his huge catalogue anywhere. Nearly 40 years of recording and no decent reissues to speak of (Tom Waits and Prince are 2 others that jump to mind on that front). The Japanese versions are just that - Japan only - and are costly as imports. Which brings me to Rhino/Warner Brothers 812279891-9. This superlative 2008 34-track 2CD reissue covers his entire Warner Brothers and Reprise career - as well as his soundtrack work in the last 3 decades (Disc 1: 63:58 minutes - Disc 2: 70:41 minutes).

The award-winning sound engineer BERNIE GRUNDMAN has mastered "The UFO Has Landed" from the original tapes and he's done a beautiful job - especially given the differing recording dates (the Seventies stuff in particular sounds incredible). The 2nd point is the alignment of the songs themselves; chosen by Ry and his son, they're not in release date order, but mixed up so that one decade seamlessly flows into the next and back again. A nice idea - but in reality hard to get right - and they have. As a listen it really works. It opens with 1987's "Get Rhythm", then tracks from "Ry Cooder" from 1970 - skip to 1979's "Bop Till You Drop" - skips back to 1974's "Paradise And Lunch" on to 1985's "Paris, Texas" and so on. It gives the play list a fresh feel - and as the remaster quality hammers you, it's like hearing his material anew.

Speaking of sound quality - there's one particular example on here I'd recommend.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By P. Clack on 17 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ry Cooder is one of the most wonderful guitarists on the planet.Anyone looking to play guitar should listen to him,because when it comes to tone,to texture and beautiful playing he's among the very best there is.The rave over Stevie Ray's,Hendrix,et all as great as they are no question of that RC is a master of his art.This anthology has a wonderful range of varying styles from a whole range of his albums right upto his 2008 release I Flathead,and it's all fabulous stuff,no fillers here at all.listen to the texture in his film scores like Paris Texas,or his take on Johnny Cash's Get Rhythm to the wonderful unreleased track Let's Get Together.You get 34 tracks for your money,all put together by his son Joachim,plus notes by the man himself.This is surely among the best releases of the year,certainly the best anthology.You've no Ry Cooder ? then this is one truly great place to begin.TOTALLY FABULOUS SET.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Bailey on 1 Mar 2012
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THIS IMPRESSIVE MULTI-LABEL SPANNING 2008 RELEASE BEARS AN ODD TITLE. It derives from the song 'UFO Has Landed In The Ghetto' from Cooder's 1982 LP The Slide Area. Yet that particular track does not feature here.

THE UFO HAS LANDED HAS MANAGED TO CONDENSE A LARGE OUTPUT - RUNNING FROM 1970'S RY COODER TO 2008'S 'I, FLATHEAD - PRETTY EFFECTIVELY. The compiler - Cooder's son Joachim - has been pretty democratic in his selection: no single album or era is afforded preferment, and he mixes and matches instrumentals with vocal pieces seamlessly. However, there are always points of contention over omissions and inclusions with limited compilations such as this one. Personally, I would like to have seen the affecting, low-key instrumental take on the R&B number 'Think It's Going To Work Out Fine' included.

THE RANGE OF COODER'S LANGUID MUSIC IS VIVIDLY ILLUSTRATED HERE. There are evocative instrumentals like 'Dark End Of The Street', electric R&B such as Cooder's take on Elvis Presley's early 1960s hit 'Little Sister', and acoustic material such as the traditional 'Tamp 'Em Up Solid'.

RY COODER IS SHOWN TO BE AS ACCOMPLISHED IN HIS SOUNDTRACK WORK AS HE IS WITH HIS STUDIO ALBUMS. Cooder had already worked on the movies Candy and Performance prior to the creation of his debut solo album. Some of the best sections from his many film scores can be found here such as the slow-paced twang of 'Paris, Texas', the slide guitar-driven 'Theme From Southern Comfort', and the moody 'Theme From Alamo Bay'.

THE PRESENTATION (AND ARTWORK) TO THIS 2CD ANTHOLOGY IS NOT OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY. This is a fault of many of Cooder's solo works. See, for instance, the gaudy cover of Paradise and Lunch, or the bland portrait that adorns Bop Till You Drop.
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