The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed

The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed

by Ry Cooder



The first multi-label spanning, American released Ry Cooder compilation does its best to present a coherent portrait of a musician whose wildly eclectic recordings and broad, four decade (and counting) list of releases makes that job all but impossible. Certainly the guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer and coordinator of the successful Buena Vista Social Club reunion deserves a comprehensive box set. But even then it would be difficult to follow his diverse recorded accomplishments that range from '60s work with Captain Beefheart and Taj Mahal, to sessions with Little Feat and the Rolling Stones, world music side projects, outside productions of other artists, and over a dozen solo albums that mix folk, soul, funk, rock, country blues, gospel, and Tex-Mex, among other styles. This 34-cut double-disc package, compiled by Cooder's son and musical companion Joachim, does an excellent job cherrypicking well-known nuggets along with a batch of obscurities from his father's voluminous output, resulting in an intriguing, enlightening, and above all listenable sonic résumé. Rather than arrange his father's songs in chronological order, the younger Cooder decided to take the organic approach of presenting the material in a more cohesive fashion. He mixes and matches items from papa Cooder's 1970 debut through 2008's I, Flathead to maximum effect without the jarring segues that might occur if sequencing was done in a time based manner. The elder Cooder provides short, occasionally odd, usually humorous blurbs about each track in the accompanying booklet, shedding a bit of light on the tunes, and in the case of the selections from films such as Southern Comfort, The Long Riders, and Paris, Texas, the directors he worked with. One previously unreleased tune, a passable version of "Let's Work Together" performed with Buckwheat Zydeco is here, perhaps as an enticement to collectors. But it's Joachim's excavations into his dad's deep catalog to resurrect oddities such as "Smells Like Money" from the Johnny Handsome flick and gems like the Willie Dixon/Cooder jointly composed "Which Came First" from The Slide Area that make this collection so enjoyable. Eagle eyed admirers might lament that nothing from 1978's impressive genre excursion Jazz is included, but Cooder's phenomenal slide guitar skills, and somewhat limited vocal abilities, are well displayed throughout the two-and-a-quarter hour running time. The song that helps provide the unusual title for the disc, "UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto," is M.I.A. and surely there are fan favorites that didn't make the cut due to limited space, but this is an impressive and relatively inclusive recap that is a fine starting point for anyone interested in delving into Ry Cooder's extensive and influential career.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227989194
catalogNumber: 515893

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ry Cooder   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Mandola,Vibes,Slack Key Guitar,Tres,tiple,Hosaphone
Buckwheat Zydeco   Accordion,Vocals
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers   Saxophone,MIDI Sax
Osamu Kitajima   Biwa,Koto
John Hiatt   Background Vocals
Bobby King   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Lindley   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Saz,Electric Guitar
Van Dyke Parks   Piano,Keyboards
Plas Johnson   Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Barron   Organ,Piano
Jorge Calderon   Bass,Electric Bass
Gloria Jones   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Dan Penn   Vocals
Jimmy Adams   Background Vocals
George Bohannon   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Curt Bouterse   Dulcimer,Flute,Tin Flute
Oscar Brashear   Cornet
Bill Bryson   Bass
Red Callender   Bass
Chaka Khan   Background Vocals
Joachim Cooder   Drums,Timbales
Walter Cook   Vocals
Miguel Cruz   Percussion
James Luther Dickinson   Organ,Bass,Piano,Vocals,Dolceola
Tim Drummond   Bass
John Duke   Bass
Chris Ethridge   Bass,Electric Bass
Terry Evans   Vocals,Background Vocals
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Cliff Givens   Background Vocals
William "Bill" Greene   Background Vocals
Jesse Harms   Synthesizer
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Milt Holland   Percussion,Drums
Bill Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Mansfield   Violin,Cello
Kazu Matsui   Shakuhachi
Tommy McClure   Bass
George McCurn   Vocals
Gene Mumford   Vocals
Baboo Pierre   Percussion
Benny Powell   Trombone
Greg Prestopino   Background Vocals
Karl Russell   Vocals
Tom Sauber   Fiddle
Marc-Andre Savoie   Accordion
Russ Titelman   Electric Bass,Vocals
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Gayle Levant   Harp
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Willie Green   Background Vocals
Pico Payne   Background Vocals
Steve Douglas   Saxophone
Willie Green   Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Fred Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Jones   Vocals
George Bohanon   Trombone,Baritone Horn
Herman "P Nut" Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby "Blanco" King   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Jones   Vocals
Juliette Commagere   Vocals
Marc Savoie   Accordion
Walter Cook   Vocals
Fred Jackson   Tenor Saxophone
George Pierre   Percussion

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Skip James   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Ry Cooder   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Adaptation,Audio Production
Van Dyke Parks   Producer,Audio Production
Wilbert Harrison   Composer
Dickey Doo   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Jim Keltner   Composer
Agnes "Sis" Cunningham   Composer
George Washington Phillips   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
David Ahlert   Engineer
James Austin   Executive Producer
Dan Bosworth   Engineer
Douglas Botnick   Engineer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Judy Clapp   Engineer
Joachim Cooder   Composer,Audio Production
Nick DeCaro   Arranger,String Arrangements
James Luther Dickinson   Producer,Audio Production
Tim Drummond   Composer
Mark Ettel   Engineer
John Fry   Engineer
Clark Germain   Engineer
Jesús Guzmán   Arranger
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Rudy Hill   Engineer
Larry Hirsch   Engineer
Kirby Johnson   Orchestration
Bob Kovacs   Engineer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Chips Moman   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Richard Rosebrough   Engineer
Mike Ross   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Don Smith   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lenny Waronker   Producer,Audio Production
Billy Young   Composer
Gene Aguilera   Composer
Craig Porteils   Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut   Engineer
William Robert Emerson   Composer
Welton Young   Composer
Steve Douglas   MIDI
Eric Rudd   Engineer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Loyd Clifft   Engineer
Martin Pradler   Engineer
Lorenzo Barcelata   Composer
Marion Smith   Composer
Sidney Bailey   Composer
Tony Chiappa   Engineer
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
George Bohanon   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
William Garcia   Composer
Michael Ondaatje   Liner Notes
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Jesus Guzman   Arranger
Jim Lowe   Engineer
Alfred Reed   Composer

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The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I remember hearing Ry Cooder on FM radio in the 70s. Listening to this collection reveals that he was one of the founders of the "Americana" music genre. Not all the songs are great but followers of the Band, Little Feat, or alt country should find lots to like. Be warned that Ry does not have one of the great voices in music, to put it kindly.However, he plays a means slide guitar and composes some fine film score music. He has an anthology of movie music titled Music by Ry Cooder that I plan to look into someday.