Ry Cooder Boomer's Story Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Ry Cooder Boomer's Story on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Strictly Limited to 2000 Numbered Copies!
Ry Cooder Is a Master Sonic Archeologist and Cultural Historian on Boomer's
Story: Guitarist Pays Tribute to the Past and Updates Music for Future on Rustic
Record Steeped in Folk, Blues, and Soul
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 and strictly limited to 2000 numbered
copies, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD 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 audiophile 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 2000 Numbered Copies
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Boomer's Story
2. Cherry Ball Blues
3. Crow Black Chicken
4. Ax Sweet Mama
5. Maria Elena
6. The Dark End Of The Street
7. Rally 'Round The Flag
8. Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer
9. President Kennedy
10. Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man