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Ry Cooder (album)

Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder
Released December 1970
Recorded 1970
Genre Roots rock, country blues, folk, Americana
Length 33:28
Label Reprise
Producer Van Dyke Parks and Lenny Waronker
Ry Cooder chronology

Ry Cooder
Into the Purple Valley
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B link
Piero Scaruffi (5/10)[1]

Ry Cooder is the eponymous debut album by roots rock musician Ry Cooder, released in 1970.

Track listing

Side 1

  1. "Alimony" (Brenda Jones, Welton Young, Robert Higginbotham) - 2:11
  2. "France Chance" (Joe Callicott) - 2:45
  3. "One Meat Ball" (Louis Singer, Hy Zaret) - 2:27
  4. "Do Re Mi" (Woody Guthrie) - 3:03
  5. "My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine & Dandelion Wine)" (Randy Newman) - 1:45
  6. "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" (Alfred Reed) - 2:45

Side 2

  1. "Available Space" (Ry Cooder) - 2:11
  2. "Pigmeat" (Huddie Ledbetter) - 3:07
  3. "Police Dog Blues" (Arthur Blake) - 2:43
  4. "Goin' to Brownsville" (John Estes) - 2:43
  5. "Dark Is the Night" (Blind Willie Johnson) - 2:48



  • Van Dyke Parks - Piano
  • Ry Cooder - Guitar, Mandolin, Bass
  • Chris Ethridge - contribution not specified in sleeve notes - Bass
  • Richie Hayward - contribution not specified in sleeve notes - Drums
  • Roy Estrada - contribution not specified in sleeve notes - Bass
  • Milt Holland - contribution not specified in sleeve notes - Drums, Percussion
  • John Barbata - contribution not specified in sleeve notes - Drums
  • Max Bennett - contribution not specified in sleeve notes - Bass
  • Bobby Bruce - contribution not specified in sleeve notes - Violin



  • Van Dyke Parks - Producer; Arranger on "One Meat Ball"
  • Lenny Waronker - Producer
  • Judy Betz - Production Assistant
  • Lee Herschberg - Engineer, Mix-down
  • Doug Botnick - Engineer
  • Jim Lowe - Engineer
  • Rudy Hill - Engineer
  • Bob Kovacs - Engineer
  • Kirby Johnson - Conductor, Orchestrator

Other Credits

  • Airstream - for the 1937 trailer pictured on the front of the album sleeve
  • Frank Bez - for the photo of the Airstream trailer (photographed at dry lake El Mirage)
  • Susan Titelman - for the photo of Ry Cooder on the back of the album sleeve
  • Ed Thrasher - for art direction


  • LP Sleeve Notes

Billboard charts

Chart Peak
Pop albums 216

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