Ry Cooder Boomer's Story Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
Ry Cooder Boomer's Story on Numbered Limited Edition
180g LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies!
This item not eligible for any further discount offers!
Ry Cooder's development as a peerless musician capable of grasping virtually any
style began with his time spent with Taj Mahal and Captain Beefheart, but for
all intents and purposes reaches epic proportions on Boomer's Story. With two
ambitious albeit uneven studio albums behind him, the California native plunged
into roles that still define him today that of sonic archeologist and cultural
historian, shaping his 1972 Reprise effort with enlightened selections carved
into the bedrock of America's folk, blues, and soul landscapes. Inspired,
virtuosic, and poignant, Boomer's Story endures as a ravishing portrait of
inspired translation and inventive craftsmanship that after years of neglect
finally boasts sonics deserving of the performances.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to
3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Cooder's breakout teems with
natural tones, front-to-back imaging, and vintage tube warmth. Boomer's Story
benefits from vibrant textures and organic openness, two prized traits that come
to fore with breathtaking realism on this analog reissue. Details ranging from
the audible resonance of the drum skins, drifting reverb on the guitar, and
inner cavity of the piano take up residence on deep-black soundstages.
Individual notes appear and recede with lifelike decay. Cooder and company sound
as if they're in the room, playing in real time with one another. This record
has never been more dynamic or involving.
Having initiated his self-taught learning of customs established by the likes of
Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Johnson, and Robert Johnson as early as age
four, and grown up a son of parents obsessed with Folkways Records, Cooder never
suffers from the retro rehash fakery plaguing countless contemporary
revivalists. A true original, the guitarist simultaneously pays tribute to the
past and updates it for the future. Boomer's Story, brims with traditional tunes
(the title track, "Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man"), classic blues ("Ax Sweet
Mama," "Cherry Ball Blues"), and World War II standards ("Comin' in on a Wing
and a Prayer").
A spellbinding blend of personality, respect, and innovation grace every song.
Evoking the timeless rusticism and "weird, old America" vibe of Bob Dylan and
the Band's Basement Tapes, Boomer's Story unfolds with a relaxed ease and
back-porch chemistry underlined by the musicians' unpretentious demeanors and
potent abilities. Drummer Jim Keltner, percussionist Milt Holland, and bassist
Jim Dickinson (also a producer) are among the cast fleshing out Cooder's
visions. The headliner also welcomes country-blues legend Sleepy John Estes to
sing on his own "President Kennedy" and leans on pianist Randy Newman to help
him transform the normally bellicose "Rally Round the Flag" into a patient,
Cooder attains equally meaningful, emotional results on a definitive wordless
interpretation of the staple soul ballad "The Dark End of the Street,"
expressing unfathomable depths of regret and longing via slide-guitar work that
draws a line back to Blind Willie McTell's immortal spiritual "Dark Was the
Night" a song Cooder called "the most transcendent piece in all American
music." Indeed, the degree of interplay attained by twinkling keys, rambling
beats, brass accents, and dazzling guitar lines also finger-picked and
strummed on Boomer's Story breathes with a rare air increasingly endangered in
an era of on-demand immediacy and auto-tuned imitation. This, as it's said, is
the real deal.
Numbered, Limited Edition
Strictly Limited to 3000 Copies
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI
1. Boomer's Story
2. Cherry Ball Blues
3. Crow Black Chicken
4. Ax Sweet Mama
5. Maria Elena
1. The Dark End Of The Street
2. Rally 'Round the Flag
3. Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer
4. President Kennedy
5. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man