Paradise and Lunch

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Paradise and Lunch
Studio album by Ry Cooder
Released May 1974
Recorded Warner Brothers Studios, North Hollywood, CA and
The Burbank Studios, Burbank, CA
Genre Roots rock, blues, folk, Americana
Length 36:51
Label Reprise
Producer Russ Titelman, Lenny Waronker
Ry Cooder chronology
Boomer's Story
Paradise and Lunch
Chicken Skin Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]

Paradise and Lunch is the fourth album by roots rock musician Ry Cooder, released in 1974. The album contains a mix of jazz, blues and roots music led by Cooder's guitar and is considered by many the crowning achievement of Cooder's career.[citation needed] The final track, "Ditty Wah Ditty," showcases a duet between Cooder and jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tamp 'Em Up Solid" (Traditional) – 3:19
  2. "Tattler" (Washington Phillips, Ry Cooder, Russ Titelman) – 4:14
  3. "Married Man's a Fool" (Blind Willie McTell) – 3:10
  4. "Jesus on the Mainline" (Traditional) – 4:09
  5. "It's All Over Now" (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) – 4:49
  6. "Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good" (Sidney Bailey, J. B. Lenoir, Jim Dickinson) (medley) – 4:25
  7. "If Walls Could Talk" (Bobby Miller) – 3:12
  8. "Mexican Divorce" (Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard) – 3:51
  9. "Ditty Wah Ditty" (Arthur Blake) – 5:42


Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1974 Billboard Pop albums 167