RY COODER: SOUNDTRACKS
Seven-CD Collection Explores The Memorable Music Cooder
Created For Films By Wim Wenders, Louis Malle, Walter Hill, And More
Available On September 30 From Rhino
LOS ANGELES – For decades, multi-Grammy-winner Ry Cooder has used his virtuosic command of the guitar to explore countless genres across more than a dozen solo albums. But he’s also a master at using music to conjure moods and atmospheres, a skill that’s earned him acclaim as a soundtrack producer with film credits that go back more than three decades.
Rhino will release a retrospective boxed set with seven CDs that focus on Cooder’s work in the Eighties and early Nineties: The Long Riders, Alamo Bay, Paris, Texas, Blue City, Crossroads, Johnny Handsome and Trespass. RY COODER: SOUNDTRACKS will be available on September 30 at retail outlets for $42.98. A digital version will also be available.
The music is presented in a clamshell box that features new artwork by Tornado Design, the group behind the distinctive look found on several of Cooder’s recent studio albums, as well as Rhino’s 2008 anthology, The UFO Has Landed.
After Cooder worked on soundtracks for Watermelon Man and Performance (starring Mick Jagger), he began producing soundtracks on his own. He started in 1980 with The Long Riders. It was the first of many soundtracks that Cooder would record for the film’s director, Walter Hill. Many of them are included in this set: Crossroads, Johnny Handsome, Trespass, and Blue City, a film Hill produced.
Cooder enjoyed a prolific two-year period between 1985-86 when he reeled off more than half of the soundtracks in this collection, including Alamo Bay, Blue City, Crossroads, and Paris, Texas, the Wim Wenders’ film that won the prestigious Palme d’Or in 1984 at the Cannes Film Festival.
The soundtracks vary widely in terms of style, even as the group of musicians who performed on them remained remarkably consistent. In fact, some combination of drummer Jim Keltner, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, guitarist David Lindley, and composer Van Dyke Parks can be heard on every soundtrack included in this set. In addition to those core musicians, the albums also boasts some fantastic guest performances by Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on Alamo Bay, keyboardist Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers on Blue City, and harmonica player Sonny Terry on Crossroads.
RY COODER: SOUNDTRACKS
The Long Riders (1980)
Music From Alamo Bay (1985)
Paris, Texas (1985)
Blue City (1986)
Johnny Handsome (1989)