Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder Talking Timbuktu 180g 2LP
TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
Grammy Award-Winning Classic Album Now on 180g Double Vinyl!
Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes! Features Exclusive Vinyl-Only Track!
When Ali met Ry Cooder in 1992, they really bonded and Ali later presented him
with the first instrument he made, a one-string lute called a djerkal. Recorded
in just three days in LA in 1993, the resulting collaboration 'Talking Timbuktu'
well deserved its Grammy Award. Relaxed and accessible, the music is
complimented by Ry's subtle guitar work and sensitive production while retaining
the integrity of Ali's performance.
Ali Farke Toure and Ry Cooder have long treasured each other’s recordings. They
first met in London in 1992 while both were touring Europe. It was agreed that
they should 'try something together.' This ‘something’ became ‘Talking
Timbuktu,’ a Grammy award-winning classic album.
In September '93, Toure was set to play a string of dates in the States and a
week was set aside for recording his new album. Cooder was to play on a couple
of tracks. A few hours’ rehearsal at Cooder's Santa Monica home hinted at
inspiring possibilities. The Malian guitarist's next three Californian dates all
featured Cooder as special guest. The recording followed a week later by which
time Cooder had agreed to produce the entire album and play on every track.
The whole album, recorded in three days, is now available on vinyl with an
additional previously unreleased track.
"Guitarist Ali Farka Touré has repeatedly bridged the gap between
traditional African and contemporary American vernacular music, and this release
continues that tradition." -Ron Wynn, allmusic.com
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Mastered from the original analog tapes
• Exclusive vinyl-only bonus track
• Download Code Enclosed
LP 1 - Side A:
LP 1 - Side B:
LP 2 - Side C:
2. Ai Du
LP 2 - Side D:
1. Lasidan (vinyl only alternative take)