Ry Cooder, Bop Till You Drop (1979)
This might be my least favourite Ry Cooder album – seriously. I reckon I can take more of Get Rhythm more often. True. But I don’t hate this – I just don’t see the fuss. My copy sounds like shit too – and the two big hits, side one’s opening track, Little Sister and then side two’s opening track, Down In Hollywood are scratched, ruined basically. I think this was probably the first Ry Cooder album (beyond a compilation) that I heard. Maybe that’s why I stick with it and give it a play now and then. But I never really cared for it. It’s the reverse of all the others – they have key tracks that you don’t get to hear on the compilations. But for me, pretty much, the key tracks from this album are the ones you hear on the compilations. (It says something that two of the key tracks are scratched – the two songs that at least one other person favoured on this second-hand LP). I just never cared for the overall sonic here. From the back cover: “recorded on 3-M multi-track equipment which, rather than ‘modeling’ sound into magnetism in the mode of conventional analog machines, samples sound at the rate of 50,000 times a second and records its characteristics numerically. Digital equipment can encode and play back from 20 cycles to over 20,000 cycles without noise and harmonic distortion produced by analog recordings. No generation loss, noise build-up or loss of presence occurs with this form of recording through mixdown and tape transfers. The result is that music sounds cleaner, brighter and more dimensional. This record is essentially a copy of the master tape and was not treated with any equalizing or limiting during final transfer to disc”. Pfff!
Sample Track: Little Sister
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