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Ry Cooder had well established himself as an instrumentalist, songwriter, bandleader, and session musician when he added another title to his résumé in 1980: film composer. Director Walter Hill invited Cooder to compose and perform music for his historical western The Long Riders, and the music was good enough that other filmmakers were soon knocking at Cooder's door. Soundtracks is a box set that collects the original soundtrack albums for seven films scored by Ry Cooder -- The Long Riders; Paris, Texas; Alamo Bay; Crossroads; Blue City; Johnny Handsome, and Trespass. A listen to these seven discs makes it clear Cooder knew what he was doing right off the bat, and much of the best music in this set is contained on the first three discs. The Civil War songs and outlaw ballads that were adapted for The Long Riders are given a treatment that merges past and present with skill and imagination, and the spare, atmospheric guitar work that dominates the Paris, Texas album is beautifully haunting late-night music, while the acoustic vs. electric textures of the Alamo Bay song score make for a superb parallel to the violent culture clashes on screen. It may also be significant that those three albums are also matched with the three best films represented in this set, though there's some fine vintage blues workouts on Crossroads, and the Trespass album includes "King of the Street," a surprisingly successful hip-hop-influenced track with Cooder and percussionist Jim Keltner tossing about edgy sounds and rhythms over dialogue samples from the film's stars, Ice-T and Ice Cube. Each of these albums is full of Cooder's superb, goose pimple-inducing guitar work and rich musical thinking, and Soundtracks has plenty to interest Cooder's fans and music-minded film buffs.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0081227957315
catalogNumber: 545370
Rank: 106051


Disc 1

  1. The Long Riders
  2. I'm a Good Rebel
  3. Seneca Square Dance
  4. Archie's Funeral (Hold To God's Unchanging Hand)
  5. I Always Knew That You Were the One
  6. Rally 'Round the Flag
  7. Wildwood Boys
  8. Better Things To Think About
  9. Jesse James
  10. Cole Younger Polka
  11. Escape From Northfield
  12. Leaving Missouri
  13. Jesse James

Disc 2

  1. Paris, Texas
  2. Brothers
  3. Nothing Out There
  4. Canción Mixteca
  5. No Safety Zone
  6. Houston In Two Seconds
  7. She's Leaving the Bank
  8. On the Couch
  9. I Knew These People
  10. Dark Was the Night

Disc 3

  1. Theme From Alamo Bay
  2. Gooks On Main Street
  3. Too Close
  4. Klan Meeting
  5. Sailfish Evening
  6. The Last Stand (Alamo Bay)
  7. Quatro Vicios
  8. Search & Destroy
  9. Glory

Disc 4

  1. Crossroads
  2. Down In Mississippi
  3. Cotton Needs Pickin'
  4. Viola Lee Blues
  5. See You In Hell, Blind Boy
  6. Nitty Gritty Mississippi
  7. He Made A Woman Out Of Me
  8. Feelin' Bad Blues
  9. Somebody's Callin' My Name
  10. Willie Brown Blues
  11. Walkin' Away Blues

Disc 5

  1. Blue City Down
  2. Elevation 13 Ft.
  3. Marianne
  4. Nice Bike
  5. Greenhouse
  6. Billy and Annie
  7. Tell Me Something Slick
  8. Blue City
  9. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
  10. A Leader of Men
  11. Not Even Key West

Disc 6

  1. Main Theme
  2. I Can't Walk This Time/the Prestige
  3. Angola
  4. Clip Joint Rhumba
  5. Sad Story
  6. Fountain Walk
  7. Cajun Metal
  8. First Week At Work
  9. Greasy Oysters
  10. Smells Like Money
  11. Sunny's Tune
  12. I Like Your Eyes
  13. Adios Donna
  14. Cruising With Rafe
  15. How's My Face
  16. End Theme

Disc 7

  1. Video Drive-By
  2. Trespass (Main Title)
  3. East St. Louis
  4. Orgill Bros.
  5. Goose and Lucky
  6. You Think It's On Now
  7. Solid Gold
  8. Heroin
  9. Totally Boxed In
  10. Give 'Em Cops
  11. Lucy In the Trunk
  12. We're Rich
  13. King of the Street
  14. Party Lights

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ry Cooder   Primary Artist,Banjo,Bass,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Saz,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bajo Sexto,Musician,Bowed Piano,Guitar (3 String)
Frank Frost   Harmonica,Vocals
Osamu Kitajima   Biwa,Koto
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals
Bobby King   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
David Lindley   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Saz,Electric Guitar,Zither,Tamboura,Lap Steel Guitar,Musician,Chumbus
Van Dyke Parks   Piano
John Bolivar   Horn,Saxophone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Herman Riley   Horn,Saxophone
Jorge Calderon   Bass,Percussion,Bowed Piano
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums,Bowed Piano
Benmont Tench   Organ
Curt Bouterse   Dulcimer,Banjo,Tin Flute
Oscar Brashear   Cornet
Bill Bryson   Bass
Joe Chambers   Vocals
Lester Chambers   Vocals
Miguel Cruz   Percussion
Bill Cuomo   Synthesizer
Denny Degorio   Bass
James Luther Dickinson   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals,Musician,Bowed Piano,Dolceola
Nathan East   Bass
Alejandro Escovedo   Rhythm Guitar
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Terry Evans   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Ernie Fields   Horn,Saxophone
Kevin Foley   Drums
Jon Dee Graham   Guitar
Mitch Greenhill   Guitar,Vocals
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
David Hidalgo   Vocals
Milt Holland   Percussion,Drums,Gong,Timbales
Kirby Johnson   Conductor
Jim Keach   Vocals
Amy Madigan   Vocals
David Mansfield   Violin,Cello
Kazu Matsui   Shakuhachi
David Paich   Synthesizer
Alan Pasqua   Synthesizer
Baboo Pierre   Percussion
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Emil Richards   Percussion
Tom Sauber   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandola,Jaw Harp
Sonny Terry   Harmonica
Otis Taylor   Guitar
Lee Ving   Harmonica,Vocals
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Organ
Gayle Levant   Harp
Arnold McCuller   Vocals
Michelle Manning   Bowed Piano
Javier Escovedo   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Willie Green   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sam King   Vocals
Pico Payne   Vocals
Joe Seneca   Vocals
George Bohanon   Trombone,Horn,Baritone Horn
Steve Douglas   Saxophone,MIDI Sax
Walt Sereth   Soprano Saxophone
Harold Battiste   Horn,Soprano Saxophone
Cesar Rojas   Vocals
John Price   Drums
Richard "Shubby" Holmes   Bass

Technical Credits

Frank Frost   Composer
Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer
Ry Cooder   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Lindley   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   Horn Arrangements
Jim Keltner   Composer,Producer
David Ahlert   Engineer
Dan Bosworth   Engineer
Junior Brown   Composer
Judy Clapp   Engineer
James Luther Dickinson   Composer,Producer
Mark Ettel   Engineer,Remixing
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Kirby Johnson   String Arrangements
Robert Johnson   Composer
Greg Ladanyi   Remixing
Noah Lewis   Composer
George Massenburg   Remixing
Allen Sides   Engineer
Sonny Terry   Composer
Otis Taylor   Composer
Lee Ving   Composer
Michelle Manning   Liner Notes
Javier Escovedo   Composer
Joe Seneca   Composer
Eric Rudd   Engineer
Jorge Hinojosa   Executive Producer
Neil Morris   Composer
Howard Rosenberg   Back Cover Photo
Sharon Boyle   Executive Producer
Gabrielle Raumberger   Art Direction
Susan Titelman   Back Cover Photo
Fred Burch   Composer
Tony Chiappa   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Ross   Engineer
Donald Hill   Composer
Michael Stewart   Engineer
Biro   Back Cover Photo
Carl Weese   Cover Photo
Craig Portiels   Engineer
Hunter Adler   Cover Photo
Jeff Prince   Art Direction
John Price   Composer
Judy Last   Engineer
Kathie Broyles   Producer
Marsha Takeda   Art Direction
Para Ay Que Triste   Composer
Ra'l Rogurt   Engineer
Richard "Shubby" Holmes   Composer
Texas Fred Taylor   Composer

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