Artist Name
Ry Cooder
Release Date


Rhino Explores The Guitar Virtuoso’s Eclectic Sounds With An 11-CD Boxed Set That Spotlights The Multi-Grammy-Winning Artist’s Warner Bros. Years

1970-1987 Will Be Available On November 11

LOS ANGELES – For nearly five decades, Ry Cooder has taken listeners on a musical odyssey like no other. While exploring an incredibly eclectic range of styles from around the world, his acclaimed work – as a session musician, solo artist and soundtrack composer – has earned him six Grammy awards and a dedicated following of like-minded musical travelers.

Rhino has your first-class ticket to join the guitar virtuoso’s musical tour de force with a new collection that contains all 11 of the albums Cooder recorded with Warner Bros. Records. Packaged neatly in a clamshell box, 1970-1987 will be available on November 11 for a suggested list price of $64.98.

With his albums, Cooder stakes his claim to various genres, injecting everything he plays with his imaginative arrangements and soulful sensibility. His singular take on American folk and blues runs through early albums like Ry Cooder, Into the Purple Valley, and Boomer’s Story, which include songs like “Available Space,” “Billy the Kid,” and “Dark End of the Street.”

He introduces Tex-Mex and Hawaiian touches on Chicken Skin Music, and the live collection Show Time with songs like “Yellow Roses,” “Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai,” and “Viva Sequin/Do Re Mi.” As you would expect, Jazz is given over to inventive interpretations of songs by early pioneers of the genre, including Bix Beiderbecke’s “In A Mist” and Jelly Roll Morton’s “The Pearls/Tia Juana.”

A mix of early-rock, R&B and soul take the lead on much of the music Cooder recorded at the end of the 1970s and into the 1980s. Those styles feature prominently on Bop Till You Drop, Borderline, The Slide Area, and Get Rhythm. (It’s worth noting that in 1979 Bop Till You Drop was the first digitally recorded album to be released by a major label.) Among the standout tracks from those four albums are a cover of Elvis’ “Little Sister,” (Cooder’s biggest hit), “UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto,” “Low Commotion,” and “Crazy About An Automobile,” a song that remains a staple of Cooder’s live show today.

Album Listing

Ry Cooder (1970)
Into the Purple Valley (1972)
Boomer’s Story (1972)
Paradise and Lunch (1974)
Chicken Skin Music (1976)
Show Time (1977)
Jazz (1978)
Bop Till You Drop (1979)
Borderline (1980)
The Slide Area (1982)
Get Rhythm (1987)