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  • Paradise & Lunch (Pre-Order) Paradise & Lunch (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Paradise & Lunch (Pre-Order)


    Desert Island-Worthy Paradise and Lunch Will Renew Your Faith in Music: Diverse 1974 Ry Cooder Set Comes on Like a Secret History of Song, Features Exquisite Interplay and Inspirational Harmonies


    Paradise and Lunch Mastered on 180g Vinyl from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity LP Graced With Organic Sound


    Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept - music as the common denominator across all languages and styles - to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal musicians' musician record - an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known.


    Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, this vinyl LP boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements. Cooder's inspired guitar playing sounds tremendously lifelike, replete with proper scale, full-bodied tones, and a sense of decay that presents the trail ends of each note. Horns pop with three-dimensional detail and brassy colors. Akin to the contributions of all the all-star participants, Jim Keltner's percussion benefits from added stability and depth. Paradise and Lunch has never been more transparent.


    On the surface a collection of seemingly disparate jazz, blues, spiritual, and roots songs, the diversified album comes across as a secret history of music. It remains a paragon of seamless convergence in which sonic DNA differences reveal shared traits and quilt a fabric united by feeling, reinvention, and elation. Beginning with a recast rendition of a traditional folk number, Tamp 'Em Up Solid, believed to be a close descendant of the group-vocal tune sung by field hands when they stacked bales of cotton, and ending with a stirring stripped-down cover of Arthur Blake's Ditty Wah Ditty - a show-stealing duet sent up with just an acoustic guitar and jazz icon Earl Fatha Hines' spritely walking-the-line piano riffs - Paradise and Lunch charms with exquisite interplay, inspirational harmonies, and innate flair.


    At no point do the experimentations sound forced, artificial, or retro. Cooder transforms what initially appear to be obscurities into coherent, approachable songs that could have been recorded yesterday - or decades ago. In his world, a marvelous reggae-spiced and R&B-driven rendition of Bobby Womack's It's All Over Now coexists with a sanctified, harmony-based march through the gospel hymn Jesus on the Mainline anchored by restrained Dixieland accents and tolling bells. Another standard, albeit more modern, Burt Bacharach's Mexican Divorce strolls across dusty plains via gently clopping beats, shimmering Spanish motifs, and sympathetic support vocals.


    Cooder also turns up the electricity a smidge for his idea of Bobby Miller's If Walls Could Talk, a melodic snapshot of doo-wop shot through with reverb-drenched grooves. He rains funky vibes, chicken-scratch slide guitar, and churchgoing lessons down on a top-to-bottom remake of Blind Willie McTell's Married Man's a Fool, the revision evocative of the imagination, proficiency, and blending that help make Paradise and Lunch an absolute must-own album - and now, an audiophile choice for those wished-for Desert Island trips.

    1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
    2. Tattler
    3. Married Man's a Fool
    4. Jesus on the Mainline
    5. It's All Over Now
    6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
    7. If Walls Could Talk
    8. Mexican Divorce
    9. Ditty Wah Ditty
    Ry Cooder
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    Paradise & Lunch (Speakers Corner)

    A good 20 years have passed since a band with ancient musicians from Cuba - the Buena Vista Social Club - took the world by storm. Behind the project, in the wings yet right in the midst of this unheard-of music, was Ry Cooder, who regarded this encounter as the greatest musical event of his entire life. The bottleneck guitar hero had always been very interested in the music from the other Americas ever since the solo albums he made in his early years, in which he told the story of the American folk and blues in a multitude of styles. The LP Paradise And Lunch is no exception and begins with gospel-like grooves that smell of native soil. The faint smell of a wooden church from pioneering days wafts out of the processional antiphonal song Jesus On The Mainline and a healthy 12-bar blues paints a picture of what silent witnesses could tell if they could (If Walls Could Talk). Cooder and his sidemen felt themselves perfectly at home when adventuring further afield and this is testified to in the laid-back calypso rhythm of It's All Over Now and the clip-clop of Mexican Divorce.


    This wonderful album is highly recommended for each and every number, but if you want a tip for a very special track, then just listen to the ragtime piano rolls in Bo Diddley's Ditty Wah Ditty.


    Musicians:



    • Ry Cooder (guitar, mandolin, bass, vocal)

    • Ronnie Barron (piano, organ)

    • Earl Hines (piano)

    • Plas Johnson (alto saxophone)

    • Oscar Brashear (cornet)

    • Red Callender (bass)

    • John Duke (bass)

    • Russ Titelman (electric bass)

    • Chris Ethridge (electric bass)

    • Milt Holland (drums, percussion)

    • Jim Keltner (drums)




    Recording: 1974 at the Warner Brothers Studios in North Hollywood and Burbank (USA), by Lee Herschberg

    Production: Lenny Waronker & Russ Titelman




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
    2. Tattler
    3. Married Man's a Fool
    4. Jesus on the Mainline
    5. It's All Over Now
    6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
    7. If Walls Could Talk
    8. Mexican Divorce
    9. Ditty Wah Ditty
    Ry Cooder
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Paris, Texas Soundtrack Paris, Texas Soundtrack Quick View

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    Paris, Texas Soundtrack

    Translucent Blue Vinyl - Limited To 900 Copiesl


    Seldom has any artist captured that ineffable "high, lonesome sound" quite as beautifully as Ry Cooder did on his landmark soundtrack to Wim Wenders' film Paris, Texas. Not quite blues, not quite bluegrass, not quite ambient, Cooder's haunting, evocative score mirrors the existential journey of Harry Dean Stanton's Travis Henderson as he wanders through the empty Texas prairie landscape in pursuit of his irretrievable past. With the able help of multi-instrumentalists David Lindley and Jim Dickinson, Cooder crafts a soundscape (much of it based on Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground") that is profoundly sad yet leavened with bits of humor and whimsy. Real Gone Music is proud to present this classic soundtrack in a translucent blue vinyl edition limited to 900 copies.

    1. Paris, Texas
    2. Brother
    3. Nothing Out There
    4. Canci├│n 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
    Ry Cooder
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    Borderline

    With 1980's Borderline, Ry Cooder followed the foray into R&B and soul of his previous effort, Bop Till You Drop, but this time out with a little shot of the Southwest thrown in. At the same time, he also continues the primarily electric sound of that record. -All Music


    Highlights Include: The Girls from Texas The Way We Make a Broken Heart Crazy 'Bout an Automobile

    Side A
    1. 634-5789
    2. Speedo
    3. Why Don't You Try Me (LP Version)
    4. Down In The Boondocks
    5. Johnny Porter


    Side B
    1. The Way We Make A Broken Heart
    2. Crazy 'Bout An Automobile (Every Woman I Know) (LP Version)
    3. The Girls From Texas
    4. Borderline
    5. Never Make Your Move Too Soon

    Ry Cooder
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  • Cocktail- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Cocktail- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Quick View

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    Cocktail- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


    The Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Soundtrack Vinyl Series Begins!


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl Presentation - #1 Album In 1988


    Features #1 Smash Hits Kokomo By The Beach Boys And Don't Worry Be Happy By Bobby Mcferrin


    Mastered Impeccably From The Original Elektra Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso


    1988 was a big year for a huge blockbuster movie called Cocktail. Its success truly
    made way for a number one soundtrack companion LP, which road to the top of both the
    sales and airplay charts with multiple format hit records for over a year.


    The Tom Cruise movie featured some of the biggest songs of the day including The
    Beach Boys # 1 worldwide smash hit single Kokomo as well as Bobby McFerrin's # 1 Don't
    Worry Be Happy, which also featured the late great Robin Williams in the music video that
    promoted the upbeat novelty tune.


    As with our continuing expansion into the original movie soundtrack genres, Friday
    Music is very proud to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of
    Cocktail - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. This mega movie soundtrack rock classic
    comes with all of the great tunes you remember like John Mellencamp's stellar version
    of Buddy Holly's Rave On, The Fabulous Thunderbirds Powerful Stuff, Ry Cooder's blues
    workout of Elvis Presley's All Shook Up, and the original Specialty Records smash top chart
    version of Little Richard's Tutti Frutti.


    This stunning album is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Elvis Presley/Jefferson
    Starship/Brian Wilson) from the Elektra tapes and includes the original LP sized artwork,
    not seen since its original 1988 release.


    Cocktail Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Another rock soundtrack classic from
    your friends at Friday Music


    Way Down In Kokomo

    1. Wild Again (Starship)
    2. Powerful Stuff (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
    3. Since When (Robbie Nevil)
    4. Don't Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
    5. Hippy Hippy Shake (The Georgia Satellites)
    6. Kokomo (The Beach Boys)
    7. Rave On (John Mellencamp)
    8. All Shook Up (Ry Cooder)
    9. Oh I Love You So (Preston Smith)
    10. Tutti Frutti (Little Richard)
    Various Artists
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  • Maria Muldaur Maria Muldaur Quick View

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    Maria Muldaur


    One of the half-dozen best albums of 1973. - Rolling Stone Magazine


    Maria Muldaur's strong debut features savvy studio vets, talented guests, strong tunes and Muldaur's best-known single, ''Midnight at the Oasis.'' A flirty invitation to forbidden pleasure, set in an Arabian Nights desert that falls somewhere between jazz and pop. A well-known music critic declared that '''Midnight At The Oasis' was probably responsible for the conception of more children than any other song of the 1970's.''

    The recording appeared in 1973, during a moment of great openness in popular music. Her album became an FM staple, she found just the right balance between her commitment to the traditional material she favors and her ability to interpret it in her own quirky and original recognizable singing style.

    There's not a weak song, a weak arrangement, or a weak performance anywhere on it. Muldaur has an amazing voice, a kind of ''link'' between the worlds of folk, blues and jazz. This album has elements of rock, pop, blues, folk, country, bluegrass even vaudeville and somehow, all the disparate elements blend well to make for a cohesive, remarkably unified album impossible to classify as a whole.



    Among the musicians and vocalists appearing on the recording are, Dr. John, Ry Cooder, Andrew Gold, David Grisman, Chris Ethridge, Ray Brown, Richard Greene, Dave Holland, David Lindley and Bettye LaVette. The multi-talented Freebo, Bill Keith of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, solo-Beatles drummer Jim Keltner and solo-Beatles bassist Klaus Voorman, and Jazz-Guitarist Amos Garrett.

    But the album's greatest moments belong to Maria alone - Her vocal gifts defy expression. After a decade of work this debut recording revealed her art as mature, sophisticated, sensual and wise. The songs and performances are sweet, poignant, salacious, intelligent and attractive. The high point may well be Wendy Waldman's ''Mad Mad Me,'' which closes the album with the most hauntingly gorgeous two minutes and fifty-three seconds ever recorded.

    What Muldaur did back then and she is still doing, is recording excellent and eclectic albums, covering different music genres and displaying formidable musical knowledge - There's a huge love for music in this supremely talented artist.

    1. Any Old Time
    2. Midnight at the Oasis
    3. My Tennessee Mountain Home
    4. I Never Did Sing You a Love Song
    5. The Work Song
    6. Don't You Make Me High (Don't You Feel My Leg)
    7. Walkin' One and Only
    8. Long Hard Climb
    9. Three Dollar Bill
    10. Vaudeville Man
    11. Mad Mad Me
    Maria Muldaur
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  • Safe As Milk Safe As Milk Quick View

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    Safe As Milk

    Captain Beefheart's 1967 debut album Safe As Milk introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind visionary whose unique output had no precedent in contemporary music. Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet, filtered the raw influence of the blues and R&B through his own singular musical sensibility and left-field lyrical wordplay, and surrounded himself with some of the most talented and inventive young musicians around. The result was an album that, even in the heady year in which it was released, sounded like nothing else, and the stage for one of rock's most iconoclastic and idiosyncratic careers.


    With backup from the first, and perhaps finest, incarnation of Beefheart's legendary Magic Band (including future solo star Ry Cooder on guitar and teenage drum prodigy John "Drumbo" French), and production from future studio superstar Richard Perry, Beefheart unveils his fully-formed sound and vision on such landmark tracks as "Zig Zag Wanderer," "Abba Zaba," "Dropout Boogie," "I'm Glad" and "Electricity" (covered two decades later by Sonic Youth).


    Now released by Sundazed Music, this landmark album now sounds the way it was meant to sound, thanks to the restoration of Perry's rare original-and, to most fans, superior-mono mix, which was later altered by Beefheart's label without the artist's involvement. This definitive edition features authoritative new liner notes by Rolling Stone editor and longtime Beefheart enthusiast David Fricke.


    "In mono, Safe As Milk is a powerful, concentrated revelation," Fricke writes, further noting, "Safe As Milk promised comfort, exotic nourishment and rude health-and delivered. Created in a year rich in historic debuts and transformative statements about rock's dynamic and expressive possibilities, Safe As Milk was so far in it was out."

    1. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do
    2. Zig Zag Wanderer
    3. Call On Me
    4. Dropout Boogie
    5. I'm Glad
    6. Electricity
    7. Yellow Brick Road
    8. Abba Zaba
    9. Plastic Factory
    10. Where There's Woman
    11. Grown So Ugly
    12. Autumn's Child
    Captain Beefheart
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  • Hasten Down The Wind Hasten Down The Wind Quick View

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    Hasten Down The Wind

    Make Haste! Grab the Limited-Edition 180g LP of this Classic Now!


    Did any musician have more talent at their beckon call during the 70s than Linda Ronstadt? Absolutely not. Part of her impeccable string of mid-1970s albums that defined California's soft-rock scene, the Grammy-winning Hasten Down the Wind is Ronstadt at her best and that's saying something. Consider the watertight repertoire: The Warren Zevon title track. Patsy Cline's (by way of Willie Nelson) 'Crazy.' Buddy Holly's 'That'll Be the Day.' Nelson's 'Down So Low.' Karla Bonoff's 'If He's Ever Near.' Ry Cooder's 'The Tattler.'


    And then, there's the supporting cast, which includes Eagles legend Don Henley on drums and harmony vocals, folk-rock legend Peter Asher on guitar, session drumming master Russ Kunkel, and multi-instrumentalist sensation Andrew Gold playing just about everything with strings or skins. Couple this with the thematically revealing cover in a nod to the escapism of fantasy romance novels, the singer stands on a beach before an ocean and a running horse, her exposing dress a sign of the lovesick vulnerability that colors the songs and Hasten Down the Wind is the complete package of sensuality, passion, and poignancy.


    Now, due to Mobile Fidelity's trademark sonic restoration, the album finally has the exquisite sound it has always deserved. Listeners can now literally feel Ronstadt's deep-seeded emotions. Even better, her covers of affecting ballads and midtempo country-rock numbers intentionally revolve around vocal-heavy arrangements. It's no wonder that the album, which topped the country charts, also yielded two Top 20 hits and resulted in the artist's first platinum-record award.


    But make haste! Quantities are limited, and, unlike Ronstadt's timeless interpretations, this will not be around forever.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Lose Again
    2. The Tattler
    3. If He's Ever Near
    4. That'll Be The Day
    5. Lo Siento Mi Vida
    6. Hasten Down the Wind
    7. Rivers of Babylon
    8. Give One Heart
    9. Try Me Again
    10. Crazy
    11. Down So Low
    12. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me
    Linda Ronstadt
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  • Ry Cooder - Live In Hamburg 1977 Ry Cooder - Live In Hamburg 1977 Quick View

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    Ry Cooder - Live In Hamburg 1977

    Recorded live at the Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany 26th January 1977


    1. Stand By Me
    2. Tattler
    3. The Dark End Of The Street
    4. One Meat Ball
    5. Fool For A Cigarette
    6. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
    7. Let Your Light Shine On Me
    8. Do Re Mi
    9. Goodnight Irene

    10. Volver, Volver
    Ry Cooder
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    Chicken Skin Music (Pre-Order)


    Give Yourself Goosebumps: Ry Cooder's Cross-Cultural Chicken Skin Music Mixes Hawaiian, Gospel, Conjunto, Folk, and Blues Styles into a Visionary Roots-Music Tapestry


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Natural-Sounding 180g Vinyl LP Features Defined Textures, Intricate Details, Ample Airiness


    The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in world music a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior analog edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops.


    Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying its own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.


    Jimenez, now a legend that's performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dr. John, remains one of the keys to Cooder being able to successfully carry out what the latter deemed a mutuality in music vision. Cooder first heard conjunto accordion fare on a Mexican radio station in his car and proceeded to teach himself the instrument while committing himself to embracing the then-local, regionalized style for the set that became Chicken Skin Music. Jimenez graces three tracks, including a ravishing interpretation of Ben E. King's Stand by Me transformed into a spiritual grounded by a norteno structure and a romantic take on Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go recast with a bolero rhythm and saxophone-accordion duet.


    Chicken Skin Music isn't limited to South of the Border geography and tradition. Steel-guitarist and vocalist Gabby Pahinui and slack-key guitar great Atta Isaacs represent the 50th state on stripped-down renditions of Hank Snow's smash Yellow Roses and the wordless Chloe. Elsewhere, gospel singers team with Cooder on the Appalachian-tinted Always Lift Them Up, the midsection of which features the Hawaiian standard Kanaka Wai Wai.


    Cooder bookends everything with a pair of Leadbelly numbers - The Bourgeois Blues and Goodnight Irene - chosen after the headliner witnessed Jimenez and his band perform at a local dance. Given their ordering on the album, techniques they employ, and themes, the songs also further tighten the thematic connection the headliner makes with the standout guests. In many ways, Chicken Skin Music is the equivalent of Buena Vista Social Club more than 20 years before the latter emerged. Experience it the way Cooder and company meant it to be heard - in unparalleled fidelity.

    1. The Bourgeois Blues
    2. I Got Mine
    3. Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai
    4. He'll Have to Go
    5. Smack Dab in the Middle
    6. Stand by Me
    7. Yellow Roses
    8. Chlo-e
    9. Goodnight Irene
    Ry Cooder
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    Ditty Wah Ditty

    This solo acoustic recording from Ry Cooder, in a radio studio and without an audience, illustrates perfectly where this maverick musician and consummate performer was at in 1972. With the educational and informative introductions given by Ry before many of the numbers - for the benefit of those listening at home and radio station personnel equally - alongside some of the very finest guitar playing you're ever likely to hear, this release is a near perfect artifact of this era of Ry Cooder's career.
    LP 1
    1.Interview (Live)
    2.Police Dog Blues (Live)
    3.Ry Cooder Introduction (Live)
    4.Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer (Live)
    5.Song Intro (Live)
    6.Great Dream from Heaven (Live)
    7.Sleepy John Estes Introduction (Live)
    8.Clean up at Home (Live)
    9.Dedication to Radio Ranch Personnel (Live)
    10.Tattler (Live)
    11.You're Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond (Live)


    LP 2
    1.Radio Announcement (Live)
    2.F.D.R. In Trinidad (Live)
    3.More Sleepy John Estes Stories (Live)
    4.Floating Bridge (Live)
    5.Billy the Kid (Live)

    Ry Cooder
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  • A Meeting By The River (200 Gram Vinyl) A Meeting By The River (200 Gram Vinyl) Quick View

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    A Meeting By The River (200 Gram Vinyl)

    1994 Grammy Winner For Best World Music Album


    Included In Tom Moon's 2008 Book 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die


    The sound is about as good as it gets, with almost no sense of recording gear between the listener and musicians, who are laid out in a solid horizontal line. The remarkable air and tangible 'thereness' will take your breath away. - Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, August 2008


    As spontaneous as music-making gets, this East meets West improv session between two masters of slide-based stringed instruments is like eating at the most exotic Indian restaurant that adds Tex-Mex flavors to its dishes. The sound is very natural, almost achingly beautiful. - Playback, June 2008


    This record is a must-have for fans of Ry Cooder's explorations into global sounds. The playing is out of this world, and, on these cuts, it has less of a world music feel, and is almost bluesy at times. With the original sessions captured at 15 i.p.s. on all custom deParavicini gear, this is the ultimate stereo test record. The sound is as real, open and airy as it gets; not one more molecule of tone could possibly be put onto these black discs! - Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, No. 15, 2008


    Passionate, mysterious, intricate, earthy, ethereal, moody and mystical, the rich musical improvisations on this recording defy categorization The recording is as astonishing as the music: a harmonically complex, three-dimensional, two-microphone purist production that will easily take its place at the top of the sonic heap in your record collection and that's a guarantee this is among the most spacious, convincing three-dimensional recordings you will ever hear An essential record in any 21st-century vinyl collection. Music = 11/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, Music Angle, www.musicangle.com


    The quintessential 2 mic Blumlein recording, a musical extravaganza - on 45rpm it destroys the early '90s CD! - Danny Kaey, Positive-Feedback Online


    Astonishingly, the four conversational yet adventurous tracks captured on A Meeting by the River were unrehearsed jams between the two masters, who had met only minutes before the session. The lesson is that Cooder and Bhatt not only knew how to play but how to listen. - Daniel Durchholz, Stereophile, February 2007


    American composer, musicologist and guitar legend Ry Cooder teams with North Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt to create an exquisite musical realm, with both musicians playing exceptional slide guitar. Their collaboration evokes musical elements from many cultures and styles. Percussion by Sukhvindar Singh on tabla and Cooder's 14-year-old son Joachim on dumbek. This recording won a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best World Album.


    Originally released in 1993.

    1. A Meeting By The River
    2. Longing
    3. Ganges Delta Blues
    4. Isa Lei
    Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt
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    Bop Till You Drop

    Bop till You Drop is Ry Cooder's ninth album, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). This was the first major-label digitally recorded album of Pop music. It was recorded on a 32-track machine built by 3M.


    The album consisted almost entirely of covers of earlier R&B and rock'n'roll classics, including Elvis Presley's Little Sister and the 1965 Fontella Bass-Bobby McClure hit Don't Mess Up a Good Thing, on which Cooder duetted with soul star Chaka Khan, who also performed on the only original track on the album, Down in Hollywood.

    Side A
    1. Little Sister
    2. Go Home Girl
    3. The Very Thing That Makes You Rich [Makes Me Poor]
    4. I Think It's Going To Work Out Fine


    Side B
    1. Down In Hollywood
    2. Look At Granny Run Run
    3. Trouble, You Can't Fool Me
    4. Don't Mess Up A Good Thing
    5. I Can't Win

    Ry Cooder
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    Beale Street Saturday Night

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    Memphis' Beale Street had been a hub of music and activity since the
    1860s. As it was being plowed under for "urban renewal" in 1976, James
    Luther Dickinson-who had played with The Stones, Ry Cooder and the
    Flamin' Groovies (later with Bob Dylan and the Cramps among others), as
    well as produced Big Star, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Alex Chilton (also,
    The Replacements, Green On Red, and Mudhoney )-decided to not only
    celebrate the legacy of great Memphis music, but make it back into the
    place where both the blues and rock 'n' roll originated.


    A camaraderie of Memphis musicians, photographers, artists, thespians
    and "appropriate weirdos" gathered under Dickinson's direction to record
    the heart of Beale Street-past and present. From Furry Lewis and Sleepy
    John Estes to Sid Selvidge and Dickinson's own Mud Boy & The Neutrons,
    Beale Street Saturday Night is an unparalleled audio trip through Memphis
    music history. Recorded in places varying from artists' homes, to Ardent
    Studios, to The Orpheum Theatre, Beale Street Saturday Night was originally
    created as a fundraiser for the Memphis Development Foundation.
    This reissue will serve a similar purpose as a portion of the proceeds will
    go to support the radio program Beale Street Caravan which focuses on
    Memphis music, new and old.


    Beale Street
    Saturday Night features new liners from Jim Lancaster (who worked on
    the original issue) and previously unseen photos. This first ever reissue
    of Beale Street Saturday Night was done under the supervision and with
    the blessing of the Dickinson family, and it finally makes widely available
    this important music and historical Memphis document for new audiences
    to discover.


    In 1977, Memphis was officially declared "Home of the Blues" by an act
    of Congress. So, welcome home.

    1. Walkin' Down Beale Street - Sid Selvidge
    2. Hernando Horn - Fred Ford
    3. Beale Street Blues - Grandma Dixie Davis
    4. Big Fat Mama/Liquor Store - Sleepy John Estes
    5. Ol' Beale Street Blues - Prince Gabe
    6. Furry's Blues - Furry Lewis
    7. Rock Me Baby- Teenie Hodges
    8. Rock Me Baby - Alex
    9. "Ben Griffin was killed in the Monarch..." - Thomas Pinkston
    10. Frisco Blow - Johnny Woods
    11. On The Road Again - Mud Boy & The Neutrons
    12. "Mr. Handy Told Me 50 Years Ago." - Thomas Pinkston
    13. Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird - Furry Lewis
    14. Roll On, Mississippi - Grandma Dixie Davis
    Various Artists
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    Good Dog, Happy Man

    Following upon the success of last years Gone, Just Like A Train, Bill Frisell reunites with his much-admired partners from this last outing plus a handful of others for another session of inspired music-making. Joined by renowned drummer Jim Keltner and Lyle Lovett bassist Viktor Krauss, the core band is further expanded to a quintet with the addition of Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang) on dobro, mandolin and steel guitars, Wayne Horvitz on organ and Billy Cox on guitar, with a special guest appearance by Ry Cooder.


    With the gut-first feeling of rock, the subtleties of jazz, and the earnestness of country, Bill Frisell continues to create a genre unto himself. As with his last two albums, he continues in a musical vein that has brought him a new level of sales success and radio play, all the while maintaining the respect he has commanded as an innovator for nearly 20 years.


    What Frisell has begun to fashion on his latest releases is a sensibility as unmistakably American as that of Charles Ives or Duke Ellington, with the harmonic and tonal complexity of both and a seductive melancholy all his own. L.A. Weekly

    1. Rain, Rain
    2. Roscoe
    3. Big Shoe
    4. Buffalo Roam
    5. Shenandoah
    6. Cadillac 1959
    7. The Pioneers
    8. Cold, Cold Ground
    9. That Was Then
    10. Monroe
    11. Good Dog, Happy Man
    12. Poem for Eva
    Bill Frisell
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  • Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    One of the most prominent figures in late 20th century blues, singer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal played an enormous role in revitalizing and preserving traditional acoustic blues. Born as Henry St. Clair Fredericks in New York on May 17, 1942, he moved after graduating in 1964 to Los Angeles and, after making his name on the local folk-blues scene, formed the Rising Sons with guitarist Ry Cooder. Not content to stay within that realm, Mahal soon broadened his approach, taking a musicologist's interest in a multitude of folk and roots music from around the world.



    The title Recycling the Blues & Other Related Stuff certainly sums up the album quite well -- that's exactly what Taj Mahal has been doing for several years by this point. The first side features laidback in-the-studio work with some nice gospel-inflected back-up from the Pointer Sisters. The second side offers a good look at Mahal's stage show.




    Musicians:



    • Taj Mahal (vocal, guitar, banjo, bass, harmonica, kalimba, conch)

    • Howard Johnson (tuba)

    • The Pointer Sisters (vocal)



    Recording by David Brown and George Engfer

    Production: Taj Mahal



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Conch (Introduction)

    2. Kalimba
    3. Bound to Love Me Some

    4. Ricochet
    5. A Free Song
    6. Corinna
    7. Conch Close
    8. Cakewalk into Town
    9. Sweet Home Chicago
    10. Texas Woman Blues

    11. Gitano Negro
    Taj Mahal
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  • Live in San Francisco (On Sale) Live in San Francisco (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Live in San Francisco (On Sale)

    Includes The Complete Album On Two 140-Gram LPs With A CD In The Sleeve


    Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records release Ry Cooder's first live record in more than 35 years, Live in San Francisco. Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, the album includes 12 songs and was produced by Cooder.


    The Corridos Famosos band includes Joachim Cooder on drums; Robert Francis on bass; vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere; Flaco Jimenez on accordion; and the ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil.


    Live in San Francisco includes original songs and interpretations of other material ranging across Cooder's entire career, from classics like "Boomer's Story" and "Dark End of the Street" to more recent originals such as "Lord Tell Me Why" and "El Corrido de Jesse James," with a detour for Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully" and Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene. Cooder's only previous live album was the 1977 release Show Time, on which Evans and Jimenez were also featured. Show Time was also recorded at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.


    PRODUCTION CREDITS

    - Produced by Ry Cooder

    - Recorded August 31 & September 1, 2011 at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

    - Recorded by Martin Pradler

    - Mixed and mastered by Martin Pradler at Wireland Studios, Chatsworth, CA


    This item is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Crazy 'Bout an Automobile (Every Woman I Know) (Billy "The Kid" Emerson)
    2. Why Don't You Try Me (Billy Young)
    3. Boomer's Story (Traditional / Carson Robison)
    4. Lord Tell Me Why (Ry Cooder)
    5. Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie)
    6. School Is Out (Gene Barge & Gary Anderson)
    7. The Dark End of the Street (Chips Moman & Dan Penn)
    8. El Corrido de Jesse James (Ry Cooder)
    9. Wooly Bully (Domingo Samudio)
    10. Volver Volver (Fernando Maldonado)
    11. Vigilante Man (Woody Guthrie)
    12. Goodnight Irene (Huddie Ledbetter & John Lomax)
    Ry Cooder & Corridos Famosos
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  • Rock 'n Roll Blues Rock 'n Roll Blues Quick View

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    Rock 'n Roll Blues

    Luther Dickinson enters a new phase of his storied musical
    career with his rollicking and raw new solo album, Rock 'n
    Roll Blues. From the propulsive beat and unbridled sound of
    opener Vandalize, to the insanely catchy Bar Band, it's clear this
    is a unique chapter in the acclaimed Southern musician's
    songbook. More informed by a youth spent listening to punk rock
    than the blues and boogie rock of his revered band North Mississippi
    Allstars, the record consists mostly of acoustic guitar, stand up
    bass and drums and although not punk in sound, it is in spirit and
    the DIY ethos. In essence, an autobiography set to music, the
    10-track LP traces Luther's journey from excitable teen to
    tour-van vet and offers a side of himself seldom seen before.


    The son of the late great producer and musician Jim Dickinson,
    Luther made his recording debut at age 14 and has recorded
    with a who's who of musicians including The Replacements,
    Beck, Jon Spencer, John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Mavis Staples,
    Ry Cooder and Patty Grifffin. He is the lead guitarist and vocalist
    for the North Mississippi Allstars and widely known as both a
    talented musician and producer with four Grammy® nominations
    to prove it - three in the contemporary blues category and one in
    traditional folk.

    1. Vandalize
    2. Blood 'n Guts
    3. Yard Man
    4. Goin' Country
    5. Mojo, Mojo
    6. Rock 'n Roll Blues
    7. Bar Band
    8. Stone's Throw
    9. Some Ol' Day
    10. Karmic Debt
    Luther Dickinson
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    Election Special

    Ry Cooder's Election Special, due out from Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records on August 21, 2012, is a wake-up call as the United States heads into the fall election season.


    Howdy there neighbor-let me ask you something. Do you really think Charlie and Davy sit around on the couch with family and friends watching re-runs of Dancing with the Stars?, asks Cooder. See, 'Wasting Away in Margaritaville' was a good song in its day, but we need a different kind of a song now if we're going to make headway against the likes of Charlie and Dave. Those type of guys are plenty swift, they're all deacons in the High Church of the Next Dollar. We need to get smarter, fast. The world is full of C and D students in high places and there's more coming up all the time. Don't be one.

    1. Mutt Romney Blues
    2. Brother Is Gone
    3. The Wall Street Part Of Town
    4. Guantanamo
    5. Cold Cold Feeling
    6. Going To Tampa
    7. Kool-Aid
    8. The 90 And The 9
    9. Take Your Hands Off It
    Ry Cooder
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    Safe As Milk

    Beefheart's first proper studio album is a much more accessible, pop-inflected brand of blues-rock than the efforts that followed in the late '60s -- which isn't to say that it's exactly normal and straightforward. Featuring Ry Cooder on guitar, this is blues-rock gone slightly askew, with jagged, fractured rhythms, soulful, twisting vocals from Van Vliet, and more doo wop, soul, straight blues, and folk-rock influences than he would employ on his more avant-garde outings. Zig Zag Wanderer, Call on Me, and Yellow Brick Road are some of his most enduring and riff-driven songs, although there's plenty of weirdness on tracks like Electricity and Abba Zaba.
    Abba zabba
    Dropout Boogie
    Zig Zag Wanderer
    Sure 'Nuff'N Yes, I Do
    Electricity
    Grown So Ugly
    Yellow Brick Road
    I'm Glad
    Where There's Woman
    Plastic Factory
    Autumn's Child
    Call On Me
    Captain Beefheart
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    The Rising Sons

    Featuring Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, Jesse Lee Kincaid, Kevin Kelley, and Gary Marker, the Rising Sons added an earthy dose of rural country blues to the fast-evolving rock scene of the mid-'60s. Though this Los Angeles-based group led a storied existence between 1964-1966 and were well-known for their live performances -admirers included Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mark Lindsay, and David Crosby -their debut album, produced by Terry Melcher of Byrds fame, languished unissued in the Columbia vaults.


    To set matters right, we've rounded up a dozen long-lost Rising Sons tracks and dressed them up in a pair of pristine, previously unpublished full color photos to present the Rising Sons' self-titled debut LP as it might have looked and sounded had it appeared in 1966!

    1. Statesboro Blues
    2. Take A Giant Step
    3. 2:10 Train
    4. If the River Was Whiskey (Divin' Duck Blues)
    5. 11th Street Overcrossing

    6. Candy Man
    7. .44 Blues
    8. The Devil's Got My Woman
    9. By And By (Poor Me)
    10. Walkin' Down The Line
    11. Let The Good Times Roll

    12. I Got A Little
    The Rising Sons
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    Safe As Milk

    Beefheart's debut album, originally released in 1967, was the most accessible and pop inflected of all the releases from his catalogue.
    Still 'Safe As Milk' is a very strong and heavily blues-influenced work but it also hints on many of the features that would later become the trademarks of Captain Beefheart.
    Nice fact is that not only did a 20-year old Ry Cooder play bass & guitar on 'Abba Zaba' and 'Grown So Ugly,' he also arranged the latter as well as 'Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do.'


    Also, Cooder's role in the recording process was to translate the Captain's wilder nations to the rest of the band and generally acts as musical director.
    With him as a supervisor the sessions proceeded more or less smoothly and 'Safe As Milk' was recorded within a month.

    LP 1
    1. Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do

    2. Zig Zag Wanderer

    3. Call On Me

    4. Dropout Boogie

    5. I'm Glad

    6. Electricity
    7. Yellow Brick Road

    8. Abba Zaba

    9. Plastic Factory

    10. Where There's Woman

    11. Grown So Ugly

    12. Autumn's Child


    LP 2

    1. Safe As Milk (Take 5)

    2. On Tomorrow

    3. Big Black Baby Shoes

    4. Dirty Blue Gene

    5. Trust Us (Take 9)

    6. Korn Ring Finger

    Captain Beefheart
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    The Haden Triplets

    Third Man Records is proud to present the debut album from The Haden Triplets. These are songs steeped in history and sung in a close harmony
    that could only be achieved from sharing a lifetime of sisterly togetherness and a near psychic vocal interplay that can only come from being born mere
    seconds apart from each other. It's been rendered and produced beautifully by American music legend Ry Cooder.


    This is an album expanding on an American musical tradition. It is not pastiche or a tribute, but rather a direct antecedent and extension of the original folk legacy that is being exhibited within these songs.


    Here's a little more about it in the Haden's own words.


    During our early life, we were surrounded by music on both sides of our family. We visited our dad's family in Missouri, where they taught us old country songs they used to perform on the radio as The Haden Family. Our grandparents on our mother's side used to sing us to sleep with old Yiddish songs. Growing up, we often had music playing in the house, whether it be our mom playing Billie Holiday and Nina Simone records, or our dad playing Keith Jarrett and Ornette Coleman in the living room.


    We met Ry when we played with his son Joachim, and Joachim asked him if he'd sit in for our show. Once Ry heard we were singing "Voice From On High" by Bill Monroe, he was in right away. The next day we got a call from Ry suggesting we record an album. We wrote down a collection of songs we all liked, then narrowed it down to the music that became the Haden Triplets album. These songs are rich in history, and by recording them we hope to help keep them alive. - Tanya, Rachel & Petra Haden


    Produced by Ry Cooder (Buena Vista Social Club, Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Paris, Texas)and mixed by Martin Pradler (Robbie Robertson, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy)

    1. Slowly I'm Falling
    2. Single Girl, Married Girl
    3. Voice from on High
    4. Memories of Mother and Dad
    5. Raining
    6. Making Believe
    7. When I Stop Dreaming
    8. My Baby's Gone
    9. Billy Bee
    10. A Tiny Broken Heart
    11. On a Lonesome Night
    12. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
    13. Oh Take Me Back
    The Haden Triplets
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    Money And Cigarettes

    Money and Cigarettes marked several important turning points in Eric Clapton's recording career: his debut release on his own Duck imprint; the first album he made after giving up drinking; and new players (with the exception of second guitarist Albert Lee) including Stax Records veteran bassist Donald Duck Dunn and Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins, also bringing in guest guitarist Ry Cooder.


    His new songs reflected on his changed condition, with Ain't Going Down, a thinly veiled musical rewrite of the Jimi Hendrix arrangement of All Along the Watchtower, serving as a statement of purpose that declared, I've still got something left to say. Other notable hits include The Shape You're In, the acoustic ballad Pretty Girl and covers of Sleepy John Estes' Everybody Oughta Make a Change (significantly placed as the album's leadoff track), Albert King's Crosscut Saw, and Johnny Otis' Crazy Country Hop.

    1. Everybody Oughta Make A Change
    2. The Shape You're In
    3. Ain't Going Down
    4. I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart
    5. Man Overboard
    6. Pretty Girl
    7. Man In Love
    8. Crosscut Saw
    9. Slow Down Linda
    Eric Clapton
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