Numbered edition limited to 2,000 copies
Cooder pays tribute to the past and updates music for future
Rustic album is 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.
Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 2,000 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.
A true original, Cooder 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").
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