Ry Cooder Soundtracks Box!


Seven-CD Collection Explores The Memorable Music Cooder Created For Films By Wim Wenders, Louis Malle, Walter Hill, And More

On October 3 Rhino will release Ry Cooder:Soundtracks, a retrospective boxed set with seven CDs that focus on Ry Cooder’s soundtrack work in the ’80s and early ’90s: The Long Riders, Alamo Bay, Paris, Texas, Blue City, Crossroads, Johnny Handsome and Trespass. (A digital version will also be available).

The music is presented in a clamshell box that features new artwork by Tornado Design, the group behind the distinctive look found on several of Cooder’s recent studio albums, as well as Rhino’s 2008 anthology, The UFO Has Landed.

After Cooder worked on soundtracks for Watermelon Man and Performance (starring Mick Jagger), he began producing soundtracks on his own. He started in 1980 with The Long Riders. It was the first of many soundtracks that Cooder would record for the film’s director, Walter Hill. Many of them are included in this set: Crossroads, Johnny Handsome, Trespass, and Blue City, a film Hill produced.

Cooder enjoyed a prolific two-year period between 1985-86 when he recorded more than half of the soundtracks in this collection, including Alamo Bay, Blue City, Crossroads, and Paris, Texas, the Wim Wenders film that won the prestigious Palme d’Or in 1984 at the Cannes Film Festival.

While the soundtracks vary widely in terms of style; however, the group of musicians who performed on them remained consistent. Drummer Jim Keltner, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, guitarist David Lindley, and composer/arranger Van Dyke Parks can be heard on every soundtrack included in the new box set. In addition to those core musicians, the albums also boast guest performances by Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on Alamo Bay, keyboardist Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers on Blue City, and harmonica player Sonny Terry on Crossroads.

ATN will publish an interview with Ry Cooder to coincide with the release.


1. The Long Riders

2. I’m A Good Old Rebel

3. Seneca Square Dance

4. Archie’s Funeral [Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand]

5. I Always Knew That You Were The One

6. Rally ‘Round The Flag

7. Wildwood Boys

8. Better Things To Think About

9. Jesse James

10. Cole Younger Polka

11. Escape From Northfield

12. Leaving Missouri

13. Jesse James


1. Paris, Texas

2. Brothers

3. Nothing Out There

4. Cancion Mixteca

5. No Safety Zone

6. Houston In Two Seconds (Soundtrack Version)

7. She’s Leaving The Bank

8. On The Couch

9. I Knew These People

10. Dark Was The Night


1. Theme From Alamo Bay

2. Gooks On Main Street

3. Too Close

4. Klan Meeting

5. Sailfish Evening

6. The Last Stand [Alamo Bay]

7. Quatro Vicios

8. Search And Destroy

9. Glory


1. Crossroads

2. Down In Mississippi

3. Cotton Needs Pickin’

4. Viola Lee Blues

5. See You In Hell Blind Boy

6. Nitty Gritty Mississippi

7. He Made A Woman Out Of Me

8. Feelin’ Bad Blues

9. Somebody’s Callin’ My Name

10. Willie Brown Blues

11. Walkin’ Away Blues


1. Blue City Down

2. Elevation 13 Ft.

3. True Believers / Marianne

4. Nice Bike

5. Greenhouse

6. Billy and Annie

7. Pops And ‘Timer / Tell Me Something Slick

8. Blue City

9. Don’t Take Your Guns To Town

10. A Leader Of Men

11. Not Even Key West


1. Main Theme [Johnny Handsome]

2. I Can’t Walk This Time/The Prestige

3. Angola

4. Clip Joint Rhumba

5. Sad Story

6. Fountain Walk

7. Cajun Metal

8. First Week At Work

9. Greasy Oysters

10. Smells Like Money

11. Sunny’s Tune

12. I Like Your Eyes

13. Adios Donna

14. Cruising With Rafe

15. How’s My Face

16. End Theme [Johnny Handsome]


1. Video Drive-By

2. Trespass [Main Title]

3. East St. Louis

4. Orgill Bros.

5. Goose And Lucky

6. You Think It’s On Now

7. Solid Gold

8. Heroin

9. Totally Boxed In

10. Give ‘Em Cops

11. Lucy In The Trunk

12. We’re Rich

13. King Of The Streets

14. Party Lights

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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