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The start of it all
on 27 November 2005
As there is only one other review of this masterpiece I just had to lend a hand into leading other people into the music of good old Ryland. A magnificent guitar player and an o.k. singer, the two disciplines seem to gel with each other to produce music which at first seems too easy and lazy but once you get hooked you'll move on to the two later masterpieces "Into the Purple Valley" and the seminal "Boomer's Story". "Ry Cooder" his first commercial album is filled with Woody Guthrie style mid west folk and blues and finishes with three blues tracks, my favourite being Sleepy John Estes "Goin' to Brownsville". The other stand out tracks on the album are "How can a poor man stand such times and live", "Alimony" and "Do Re Mi" but really you will just have to buy the C.D. and get into the groove and listen to Ry's fingerwork and slide playing which at times is awesome. I liked this period of his music the best, as I am not into Texmex or his later Cuban styles, so if want to hear the early Ry at work with his excellent band of musicians, including Van Dyke Parks on piano, get this C.D. as your starting point. You will not be disappointed.