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The Slide Area

  1. UFO Has Landed In The Ghetto
  2. I Need A Woman
  3. Gypsy Woman
  4. Blue Suede Shoes
  5. Mama, Don't Treat Your Daughter Mean
  6. I'm Drinking Again
  7. Which Came First
  8. That's The Way Love Turned Out For Me

Produced by : Ry Cooder

Musicians :
Strings Arranged and Conducted by Nick DeCaro


With its exuberant performances and eclectic scope, The Slide Area, Ry Cooder's 1982 release, continues a tradition of consummate musical craftsmanship that has marked the artist's album output for over a decade. Produced by Cooder, The Slide Area also highlights some of his best original material, from the irrestibily funky "UFO Has Landed In The Ghetto" (penned with drummer Jim Keltner) to the powerhouse "Mama, Don't Treat Your Daughter Mean", to the haunting "That's The Way Love Turned Out For Me", (co-written with Quinton Claunch and Dave Hall). The Slide Area also offers the potent combination of Cooder and blues master Willie Dixon on "Which Came First".
Perhaps best known for his mandolin and slide guitar work, Ry Cooder is, in fact, a master of such exotic stringed instruments as the Mexican tiple and Middle Eastern saz. A studio staple on the burgeoning L.A. music scene during the early '60s, he recorded and performed with such artists as Jackie DeShannon, Taj Mahal, Gordon Lightfoot, Little Feat and Captain Beefheart. In 1970 he recorded his self-titled debut solo album for Warner Bros. Records. It was followed by a string of acclaimed LPs, exploring a virtual encyclopedia of roots music. On Into The Purple Valley (1972) he resurrected obscure tracks by Woody Guthrie and other Dust Bowl troubadours. On Boomer's Story (1972) he mixed tropical calypso with Civil War camp songs. On Paradise And Lunch (1974) and Chicken Skin Music (1976), Cooder lent his distinctive touch to gospel, R&B, Tex Mex and early rock & roll classics.
Show Time (1977), a live album with Mexican accordian legend Flaco Jimenez, was followed by Jazz (1978), a tribute to the ragtime and vaudeville era. Bop Till You Drop (1979) showcased Cooder's formidable blues, rock and R&B chops. The score to Walter Hill's 1980 film, The Long Riders, is one of Cooder's many soundtrack projects, which number among them The Border (1982), the follow-up to the 1981 studio album, Borderline.
The Slide Area, his ninth studio album, highlights versions of Dylan's "I Need A Woman", Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman", and Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes", as well as the abovementioned Cooder originals. The album features instrumental support by such longtime collaborators as keyboardist Jim Dickinson and drummer Jim Keltner.

© 1982 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

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