Chicken Skin Music

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Chicken Skin Music
Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedWarner Bros. Recording Studios, North Hollywood; "Yellow Roses" and "Chloe" recorded in Hawaii
GenreAmericana, roots rock, blues, country, Tex-Mex
ProducerRy Cooder
Ry Cooder chronology
Paradise and Lunch
Chicken Skin Music
Show Time
Singles from Chicken Skin Music
Song sample
"Yellow Roses" sample
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB[1]
Rolling Stone(favorable) link

Chicken Skin Music is Ry Cooder's fifth studio album, released in 1976, on the Reprise label.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."The Bourgeois Blues"Lead Belly3:22
2."I Got Mine"(trad. based on Pink Anderson's version)4:28
3."Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai"Blind Alfred Reed/trad6:01
4."He'll Have to Go"Joe Allison, Audrey Allison5:07
Side two
5."Smack Dab in the Middle"Charles E. Calhoun3:18
6."Stand by Me"Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller3:38
7."Yellow Roses"Ken Devine, Sam Nichols6:11
8."Chlo-e"Gus Kahn, Neil Moret3:00
9."Goodnight, Irene"Lead Belly, John Lomax4:32





  • Ry Cooder – producer
  • Judy Maizel, Trudy Portch - production coordination
  • Lee Herschberg - engineer, mixing
  • Lloyd Cruft - engineer
  • Bobby Hata, John Neal - assistant engineers
  • Chet Himes, John Ingle - engineering
  • Kenny Price - album cover, design and painting
  • Susan Titelman - photography
  • Noel Newbolt - production assistance


  • CD Chicken Skin Music Reprise 1988
  • Cassette Chicken Skin Music Reprise 1990
  • CD Chicken Skin Music Reprise 1990
  • CD Chicken Skin Music WEA 2007
  • CD Chicken Skin Music Reprise 2008


  • "He'll Have To Go" / "The Bourgeois Blues", Reprise: K 14457 (UK)[4]
  • "Goodnight Irene" / "Chloe", Reprise: K REP14473 (Netherlands)[5]



Year Chart Peak
1976 Billboard Pop Albums 177


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music". Discogs. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ Chicken Skin Music, (1976) Reprise Records, CD: 7599-27231-2 - Notes booklet
  4. ^ "Ry Cooder - He'll Have To Go". Discogs. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Ry Cooder - Goodnight Irene". Discogs. Retrieved 27 November 2017.