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Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer & Ruben Gonzalez: Buena Vista Social Club

Read "Buena Vista Social Club" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

One of the criteria for testing whether an album is a classic or not is to see its endurance and lasting appeal long after it was made rather than its immediate impact. When it comes to the Buena Vista Social Club album it not only made its impact soon after it was released, surpassing record sales projections, but almost 20 years ahead it still delights listeners, and most importantly it is still the best-selling recording in the “world music" genre ...

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Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos: Live in San Francisco

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Over the course of his illustrious career, visionary guitarist/producer Ry Cooder has been one of the most prolific and restlessly creative forces in contemporary music. For a period of over four decades his music and songs have helped shape the American music landscape by filtering the roots of his country's musical history through his own personal style and worldview. His music is a beautiful concoction of blues, folk, country, pop, rock, gospel, Norteno, jazz, and world music that he traverses ...

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Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos - Live in San Francisco

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Ryland Peter Cooder is the quintessential American Music iconoclast who spent more of his career creatively south of the border. Early American jazz and blues, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Cooder loved them all and delved deeply into each. A slide guitarist comparable to peers Duane Allman and Mick Taylor, it was Cooder who turned Keith Richards on to the open-G tuning that resulted in “Honky Tonk Women," and by extension “Street Fighting Man" and “Brown Sugar." Cooder had a string of eccentric, ...

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Ry Cooder: My Name is Buddy

Read "My Name is Buddy" reviewed by John Kelman

Veteran multi-instrumentalist/musical archivist Ry Cooder follows up his concept album Chavez Ravine (Nonesuch, 2005) with another narrative, My Name is Buddy. This time, with a similarly large cast of players, he suggests joining “...Buddy the Cat, Lefty Mouse and Reverend Tom Toad as they journey through time and space in the days of labor, big bosses, farm failures, strikes, company cops, sundown towns, hobos, and trains...the America of yesteryear." What makes My Name is Buddy so compelling is how so ...

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Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer & Ruben Gonzalez: Buena Vista Social Club

Read "Buena Vista Social Club" reviewed by David Corrigan

Ry Cooder brings his unique guitar skills to the vibrant heart of Cuba - Havana. This album is endowed with a beautiful grace and vitality that reflects the huge talent these musicians are blessed with in abundance. Decades of musical experience combine to form a collection of songs that fill the heart with pleasure and caress the ear. It deserves to, and will, cross the boundaries of musical tastes, appealing to people not normally attracted to Cuban music. Only a ...


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