Bop till You Drop

Bop till You Drop

by Ry CooderRy Cooder


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Following his conceptual 1978 release, Jazz, Ry Cooder returned the next year with the R&B/soul-based Bop Till You Drop. The first major-label, digitally recorded album, Bop is a nice set of moderately known to obscure tunes from the '50s and '60s (along with a Cooder/Tim Drummond original) that doesn't always live up to its promise. Cooder and his excellent band, which includes the rhythm section of Tim Drummond and Jim Keltner along with guitarist David Lindley, understand the material and are more than capable of laying down a decent groove, but something must have gotten lost in translation from what was played to what came across on the recording. There's a thinness to the tracks that undermines the performances, which according to Cooder is due to the digital recording. If you check out the live version of Bop Till You Drop's opener, "Little Sister," from the No Nukes record (using the same band), you can see what surely could have been. Still, Bop is worthwhile given Cooder's penchant for choosing great tunes, as well as the tight performances, brilliant guitar work, and a handful of great guest vocalists (including Chaka Khan). A few of the highlights include his arrangement of the early-'60s Elvis hit "Little Sister," the soulful "The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor)," an instrumental take on Ike & Tina Turner's "I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine," and "I Can't Win," featuring Cooder's longtime cohort Bobby King on lead vocal.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992739825
catalogNumber: 3358
Rank: 43174

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ry Cooder   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby King   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Lindley   Guitar,Mandolin
Ronnie Barron   Organ,Guitar,Keyboards
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jimmy Adams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass
Cliff Givens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rev. Patrick Henderson   Organ,Keyboards
Milt Holland   Percussion,Drums
Bill Johnson   Background Vocals
Herman E. Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Randy Lorenzo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Reggie McBride   Bass
George McFadden   Vocals,Background Vocals
Simon Pico Payne   Vocals
Greg Prestopino   Vocals,Background Vocals
Pico Payne   Background Vocals
Cliff Givins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ry Cooder   Producer
Lee Herschberg   Engineer

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