Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Ry Cooder – bajo sexto, mandola, bottleneck guitar, French accordion, electric guitar, slack-key guitar, tiple, Hawaiian guitar, vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Ry Cooder]
George Bohanon – baritone horn and horn arrangement on "I Got Mine"
Oscar Brashear – cornet on "I Got Mine"
Red Callender – upright bass
Chris Ethridge – bass guitar
Jimmy Adams - vocals
Terry Evans – vocals
Cliff Givens – vocals
Laurence Fishburne - vocals
Hugo Gonzales – bajo sexto on "Good Night Irene"
Milt Holland – percussion, drums
Atta Isaacs – slack-key and acoustic guitar on "Chloe"
Fred Jackson Jr. – tenor saxophone on "I Got Mine"
Flaco Jiménez – accordion on "He'll Have to Go", "Stand By Me" and "Goodnight Irene"
Herman E. Johnson – vocals
Jim Keltner – drums
Bobby King – vocals
Henry Ojeda – bass on "Good Night Irene"
Gabby Pahinui – steel guitar on "Chloe"
Benny Powell – trombone on "I Got Mine"
Pat Rizzo – alto saxophone on "He'll Have to Go"
Russ Titelman – bajo sexto on "Stand By Me"
Frank Villarreal - alto saxophone on "Good Night Irene"
Isaac Garcia - drums on "Good Night Irene"
1 LP, gatefold jacket
Limited numbered edition
Original analog Master tape : YES
Gain 2™ Ultra Analog
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33RPM
Size : 12”
Record Press : RTI
Label : MOFI
Original Label : Reprise Records
Recorded at Warner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood; "Yellow Roses" and "Chloe" recorded in Hawaii
Engineered by Lee Herschberg
Produced by Ry Cooder
Remastered by Shawn R. Britton
Originally released in 1976
Reissued in 2018
- The Bourgeois Blues
- I Got Mine
- Always Lift Him Up
- He'll Have To Go
- Smack Dab In The Middle
- Stand By Me
- Yellow Roses
- Goodnight Irene
TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
"Ry Cooder has always believed in the "mutuality in music," and this may be no more evident in his career than with his fifth album, Chicken Skin Music (a Hawaiian colloquialism, synonymous with goosebumps). Even more than usual, Cooder refuses to recognize borders -- geographical or musical -- presenting "Stand By Me" as a gospel song with a norteño arrangement, or giving the Jim Reeves country-pop classic, "He'll Have to Go," a bolero rhythm, featuring the interplay of Flaco Jimenez's accordion and Pat Rizzo's alto sax. Elsewhere, he teams with a pair of Hawaiian greats -- steel guitarist and singer Gabby Pahinui and slack key guitar master Atta Isaacs -- on the Hank Snow hit "Yellow Roses" and the beautiful instrumental "Chloe." If Cooder's approach to the music is stylistically diverse, his choice of material certainly follows suit. Bookended by a couple of Leadbelly compositions, Chicken Skin Music sports a collection of songs ranging from the aforementioned tracks to the charming old minstrel/medicine show number "I Got Mine" and the syncopated R&B of "Smack Dab in the Middle." Also included is Appalachian songwriter Blind Alfred Reed's "Always Lift Him Up," complete with a Hawaiian gospel tune, "Kanaka Wai Wai," woven into the instrumental section. As he explains in the album's liner notes, Cooder understands the connection between these seemingly disparate styles. This is not merely eclecticism for its own sake. Chicken Skin Music is probably Ry Cooder's most eccentric record since his first, but it's also one of his most entertaining." AllMusic Review by Brett Hartenbach
Ultra Analog™ : The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ Series stems from the use of the Gain 2 system, mastered at half speed from the original master tapes where possible, capturing and uncovering as before undiscovered sonic information.
Half-speed mastering. In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.
AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4,13 / 5