Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ry Cooder "Ry Cooder" (1970)

A title that is as imaginative as its contents.   I don't know why I even have this one.  It is brought down by the period arrangements (apparently Lenny Waronker & Van Dyke Parks are to thank for that) that seem to be ungainly & too busy.  The better tracks are covers of prewar blues & folk songs -- which 40 years later seem to be rather ho hum.  I suppose that in 1970 it was exciting to hear a hip young musician run through a Robert Johnson number.  It's not nearly so revelatory in the 21st century.

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