The Slide Area

The Slide Area

by Ry CooderRy Cooder


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This CD opens with an outrageous and exceedingly funky "UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto," and which seems so out of place with the other material. Yes, it is a rhythm & blues, bordering at times on funk album, and rap is one direction R&B took, but.... Listen to the groove on "Which Came First," and try to keep your body from bobbing to the strong rhythm laid down by Jim Keltner, Tim Drummond, and the background vocalists. While we are on the subject of vocals, this is one of Ry Cooder's best efforts, and his backup vocalists are key here and deserve special recognition: Bobby King, John Hiatt, Willie Greene, and Herman Johnson for most of the CD. The two gems on this are the phenomenal treatments of both "Blue Suede Shoes" and Bob Dylan's "I Need a Woman." Two songs as different in the original forms as pigs and gerbils are converted to R&B hit status. Both contain some memorable slide guitar work, but isn't that what we expect from this master of the guitar family. The album is very good but those two songs make it a gem.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992365123
catalogNumber: 3651
Rank: 63662

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ry Cooder   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby King   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Jorge Calderon   Bass
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Nick DeCaro   Strings
James Luther Dickinson   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Tim Drummond   Bass
William "Bill" Greene   Vocals,Background Vocals
Herman E. Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kazu Matsui   Percussion,Shakuhachi
Reggie McBride   Bass
George McFadden   Vocals,Background Vocals
George Pierre   Percussion
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Keyboards,Vocals
Ras Baboo Pierre   Percussion
Rob Baker   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ry Cooder   Producer
James Luther Dickinson   Producer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer

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