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He's made a lot of great music in his long, long career, (remember he was playing in Captain Beefheart's band in the mid 60's), but this, in my opinion, may be his finest moment, (though `Into The Purple Valley` runs it pretty close); `Americana' before the phrase was even thought of.
I've owned it, in various formats, for about the last 35 years, and, as the years go by, I seem to grow to love it more and more. The choice of material is impeccable; but what makes Cooder stand out is his obvious love for the songs, there's nothing over-reverential or timid about his versions, the playing and singing make the songs sound as if they could have been written yesterday. He's not a `great' singer by accepted standards, but there's an honesty about his performance which, certainly in the case of the old Civil War song `Rally `Round The Flag', is downright moving - one might almost be listening to some gruff old Yankee sergeant singing it round the campfire. Considering he was in his 20's when he recorded this, that's some achievement.
If I was to be picky, and I am, I'd say `Crow Black Chicken' is less than essential, but the title track, `Ax Sweet Mama', `Maria Elena', `Dark End Of The Street', 'Rally 'Round The Flag; and 'Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer' are all marvellous. The album ends with 'Good Morning Mr Railroad Man', a song about a man with no home, no family and no prospects, but which still manages to be wonderfully cheery and life-affirming.
A wonderful album.
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What a brilliant album. If you want something good but different you won't go wrong with this from Ry CooderPublished 10 months ago by Brian Tansey
Remembered liking Ry Cooder from the seventies. Bought this album, and while the arrangements and musicianship were great, I hate the way Cooder sings. Never play it.Published on 9 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I liked all the tracks but especially the instrumentals - Dark End Of The Street & Cherry Ball Blues. Possibly the best album this atriste ever released!Published on 8 July 2013 by Mr Philip T Evans