Ry Cooder’s first live record in more than 30 years, Live in San Francisco, will be released on Friday September 6 by Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records.
Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, the album includes 12 songs and was produced by Cooder. The Corridos Famosos band includes Joachim Cooder on drums; Robert Francis on bass; vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere; Flaco Jimenez on accordion; and the ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil. The ensemble for the rare performance was so large that some of the musicians played from the balcony!
Live in San Francisco includes original songs and interpretations of other material ranging across Cooder’s entire career, from his 1970 eponymous debut album, Boomer’s Story, Into The Purple Valley (1972), Boomer’s Story (1972), Chicken Skin Music (1975) and Borderline (1980) to more recent originals such as ‘Lord Tell Me Why’ and ‘El Corrido de Jesse James,’ with a version of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs’ ‘Wooly Bully.’
Cooder’s only previous ‘official’ live album was the 1977 release Show Time, on which Evans and Jimenez were also featured. Show Time was also recorded at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.
Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos – Live in San Francisco Tracklisting:
1. Crazy ’Bout an Automobile (Every Woman I Know) – (Billy “The Kid” Emerson)
2. Why Don’t You Try Me – (Billy Young)
3. Boomer’s Story – (Trad./Carson Robison)
4. Lord Tell Me Why – (Ry Cooder)
5. Do Re Mi – (Woody Guthrie)
6. School Is Out – (Gene Barge & Gary Anderson)
7. The Dark End of the Street – (Chips Moman & Dan Penn)
8. El Corrido de Jesse James – (Ry Cooder)
9. Wooly Bully – (Domingo Samudio)
10. Volver Volver – (Fernando Maldonado)
11. Vigilante Man – (Woody Guthrie)
12. Goodnight Irene – (Huddie Ledbetter & John Lomax)