Paradise and Lunch features exquisite interplay, harmonies
180-gram vinyl, mastered from the original analog tapes
Pressed at RTI, strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies
Ry Cooder is a masterful bottleneck guitarist and singer with a penchant for revitalizing marvelous old songs, often of the blues variety. Inventive arrangements and excellent ensemble musicianship on Blind Blake's "Ditty Wah Ditty" (that's jazz giant Earl Hines on piano), Willie McTell's "Tattler," and seven more from the American songbook carry the charge through this landmark album from 1974.
Eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on Mobile Fidelity's 180-gram LP reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, this vinyl LP boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements. Cooder's inspired guitar playing sounds tremendously lifelike, replete with proper scale, full-bodied tones, and a sense of decay that presents the trail ends of each note. Horns pop with three-dimensional detail and brassy colors. Akin to the contributions of all the all-star participants, Jim Keltner's percussion benefits from added stability and depth. Paradise and Lunch has never been more transparent.
1. Tamp ‘Em Up Solid
3. Married Man's a Fool
4. Jesus on the Mainline
5. It's All Over Now
6. Medley: Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
7. If Walls Could Talk
8. Mexican Divorce
9. Ditty Wah Ditty