Into the Purple Valley

Into the Purple Valley

by Ry Cooder

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Overview

Ry Cooder is known as a virtuoso on almost every stringed instrument, and on Into the Purple Valley, he demonstrates this ability on a wide variety of instruments. The main focus of the music here is on the era of the Dust Bowl, and what was happening in America at the time, socially and musically. Songs by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and a variety of others show Cooder's encyclopedic knowledge of the music of this time, combined with an instinctive feel for the songs. 'Phenomenal' is the descriptive word to describe his playing, whether it is on guitar, Hawaiian "slack key" guitar, mandolin, or the more arcane instruments he has found. This is a must for those who love instrumental virtuosity, authentic reworkings of an era, or just plain good music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0075992720021
catalogNumber: 2052
Rank: 11235

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ry Cooder   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Keyboards
Gloria Jones   Vocals
Claudia Lennear   Vocals
George Bohannon   Horn
John Craviotta   Drums
Joe Lane Davis   Horn
James Luther Dickinson   Piano
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Milt Holland   Percussion
Jerry Jumonville   Saxophone
Fritz Richmond   Bass
Donna Washburn   Vocals
Donna Weiss   Vocals
Ike Williams   Horn

Technical Credits

Ry Cooder   Arranger
Van Dyke Parks   Producer
Agnes "Sis" Cunningham   Composer
James Luther Dickinson   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer

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