November 30, 2013 – 5:06 am

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Cleveland 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Acoustic solo performance. Live at the “Radio Ranch”, Cleveland, OH; December 12, 1972. Very good WMMS FM broadcast.

“If you don’t do Top 40 music ‘cos of its obvious formula - whether it’s good or bad, and there’s good and there’s bad… then you have to figure out a way to get people to where you are… It takes time… takes a helluva long time…”
- Ry Cooder

If not for Little Sister on Bop Till You Drop (1979) and subsequently the soundtrack for Paris, Texas (1984), Ry Cooder might have taken a much longer time reaching out to a bigger audience, despite notable albums such as Into The Purple Valley, Boomer’s Story and Chicken Skin Music. And then he produced the Buena Vista Social Club in 1997.

Thanks to the original uploader and to lolita for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Over at The Traders’ Den, bluzman noted:

This has circulated over the years less a few of the tracks but I believe this is the whole thing. It’s an FM broadcast and it appears to be mono. There is some tape and radio hiss, but it’s very listenable and if you’re a guitar player wanting to steal some chops this is something you need. At some of the sites I’ve done research for this and other Ry Cooder shows, they mention “Mainport”. I know one of the gates at the Stadium in Cleveland was called the Old Mainport Entrance but I don’t know what the Mainport reference is for regarding this show. Parts of this recording ended up on the “Digger” bootleg, but not the whole show. At any rate, this show covers material from 1970 to 1974 included on “Ry Cooder”, “Into the Purple Valley”, “Boomers Story” and “Paradise and Lunch”.

Cover picture posted at fishheads.net - Thanks!

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Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Radio Announcement/Talking (1 glitch) 1:16 (2.1MB)
Track 02. Police Dog Blues (Arthur Blake, adapted by Ry Cooder) 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 03. Tuning/Song Intro 1:43 (2.9MB)
Track 04. Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer (Harold Adamson and Jimmie McHugh) 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 05. Tuning/Song Intro 1:07 (1.9MB)
Track 06. Great Dream From Heaven (Joseph Spence) 2:21 (3.9MB)
Track 07. Tuning/Song Intro 1:25 (2.4MB)
Track 08. Clean Up At Home (Sleepy John Estes) 3:18 (5.6MB)
Track 09. Tuning/Song Intro 0:55 (1.6MB)
Track 10. Tattler (Ry Cooder/Russ Titelman/Washington Phillips) 5:51 (9.8MB)
Track 11. You’re Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond (Blind Willie Johnson) 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 12. Radio Announcement/Song Intro 0:58 (1.6MB)
Track 13. F.D.R. In Trinidad (Fitz MacLean) 3:15 (5.5MB)
Track 14. Tuning/Song Intro 1:15 (2.1MB)
Track 15. Floating Bridge (Sleepy John Estes) 5:10 (8.7MB)
Track 16. Billy The Kid (Traditional, arranged by Ry Cooder) 3:35 (6.0MB)
Track 17. Diddy Wah Diddy (Arthur Blake) 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 18. Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground) (Blind Willie Johnson) (1 drop) 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 19. Jesus Is On The Mainline (Traditional) 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 20. Going To Bownsville (Sleepy John Estes) 4:44 (8.0MB)
58 mins

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  1. 5 Responses to “RY COODER - CLEVELAND 1972”

  2. Wow!
    Thanks Big O!
    Always enjoy more Ryland P - The Guvnor!
    Early too and despite the date not bad quality
    Any more to come?
    Some later around Chicken Skin time or even more recent would be always welcome

    By swappers on Dec 1, 2013

  3. good show thanks bigO. ry recently released a fine new live album.

    By barth on Dec 1, 2013

  4. The reference was to The Main Point, a coffee house in Bryn Mawr, PA which operated from 1964-1981.

    By Brad on Dec 3, 2013


    By dropkick sarge on Dec 7, 2013

  6. ry? why not! thanks, big oh!


    By I-) on Dec 15, 2013

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