Show Time CD (1994)

Artist: Ry Cooder

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Label Msi/pgd
SKU 60303643
UPC 075992731928
UPC 14 00075992731928
Format CD
Release Date 4/25/1994
Author Ry Cooder
Associated Artist/Work Bernstein, Elmer
Associated Artist/Work Bernstein, Elmer (Composer/Cond
Associated Artist/Work Bhatt, Vishwa Mohan
Associated Artist/Work Chicken Skin Band (The)
Associated Artist/Work Corridos Famosos
Associated Artist/Work Ears, Rabbit
Associated Artist/Work Hassell, Jon (Trumpet)
Associated Artist/Work Majumdar, Ronu
Associated Artist/Work Newman, Randy
Associated Artist/Work Original Score
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Rabbit Ears
Associated Artist/Work Rio De Janeiro Jazz Trio
Associated Artist/Work Rolling Stones (The)
Associated Artist/Work Segundo, Compay
Associated Artist/Work Theessink, Hans
Associated Artist/Work Toure, Ali Farka
Technical Info
CatalogID 7599273192
Lable Name Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
Released 08/01/1992
Original Release 1977
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00075992731928
Album Notes and Credits
On this live set, Cooder is joined here by a typically diverse set of sidemen including accordian master Flaco Jimenez and vocalists Terry Evans and Bobby King. Features nine blues-drenched multi-culti tunes including "How Can A Poor Man Stand" and "Smack Dab In The Middle."
Following the odd, but entertaining Hawaiian, southwestern mix of Chicken Skin Music, Ry Cooder hit the road with a group of Tex-Mex musicians led by the great accordionist Flaco Jiminez. To make things even more interesting, he also included three soul- and gospel-based backup singers in the lineup (two of whom had appeared on Chicken Skin Music). Recorded in December of 1976, over a span of two nights in San Francisco, Show Time documents these shows by Cooder and his "Chicken Skin Revue." And while Cooder's guitar -- along with his usual eclectic assortment of songs -- is the star of the show, each of the principles has his chance to shine throughout the evening. Terry Evans, Bobby King, and Eldridge King's soulful rendition of "The Dark End of the Street," as well as the lovely "Volver, Volver," which features Jiminez, are a couple of the highlights. Cooder's selection of material here is as eclectic as ever, but Jiminez and the band stay with him every step of the way. They seem equally at home with the R&B of "Smack Dab in the Middle" as they do with the Jiminez instrumental "Viva Seguin," which leads into a Tex-Mex reworking of Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Mi." Still, as good as the fit may be between leader and band, it's the Negro spiritual, "Jesus on the Mainline," stripped down to just four voices and Cooder's remarkable bottleneck, that's the real showstopper here. Cooder is not usually one to stray too far outside the confines of the song on record, but in this setting he gets a chance to really stretch. Like most live recordings, Show Time isn't necessarily essential, though there's enough to make it worthwhile for fans. Also, included is a terrific Dixieland take on Gary "U.S." Bonds' "School Is Out" recorded with the same band in the studio. ~ Brett Hartenbach
Disc 1
1 School Is Out
2 Alimony
3 Jesus On The Mainline
4 Dark End Of The Street
5 Viva Sequin
6 Do Re Mi
7 Volver, Volver
8 How Can A Poor Man Stand
9 Smack Dab In The Middle

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