Chicken Skin Music

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Chicken Skin Music
Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music.jpg
Studio album by Ry Cooder
Released 1976
Genre Americana, roots rock, blues, country, Tex-Mex
Length 39:37
Label Reprise
Producer Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder chronology
Paradise and Lunch
(1974)
Chicken Skin Music
(1976)
Showtime
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (B) link
Rolling Stone (favorable) link

Chicken Skin Music is Ry Cooder's fifth album, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music).

Track listing[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • George Bohanon – horn and baritone arrangement
  • Oscar Brashear – cornet
  • Red Callender – upright bass, tuba
  • Ry Cooder – Bajo Sexto, mandola, bottleneck guitar, French accordion, electric guitar, slack-key guitar, tiple, Hawaiian guitar, vocals
  • Chris Ethridge – bass
  • Terry Evans – vocals
  • Cliff Givens – vocals
  • Laurence Fishburne - vocals
  • Hugo Gonzales – banjo
  • Milt Holland – percussion, drums
  • Atta Isaacs – slack-key and acoustic guitar
  • Fred Jackson, Jr. – tenor saxophone
  • Flaco Jiménez – accordion
  • Herman E. Johnson – vocals
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Bobby King – vocals
  • Henry Ojeda – bass
  • Gabby Pahinui – steel guitar, vocals
  • Benny Powell – trombone
  • Pat Rizzo – alto saxophone
  • Russ Titelman – banjo, bass, vocals, producer
  • Judy Maizel, Trudy Portch - production coordination
  • Lee Herschberg - engineer, mixing
  • Bobby Hata, John Neal - assistant engineers

Releases[edit]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1976 Billboard Pop Albums 177

References[edit]