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.