Ry Cooder's Warner Years Collected on 11-CD Box Set

Ry Cooder's Warner Years Collected on 11-CD Box Set
In the '70s and '80s, rootsy guitar icon Ry Cooder launched his career with a string of albums for Warner Bros. and its subsidiary, Reprise Records. That era will be documented with the 11-CD box set 1970-1987, due out November 11 through Rhino.

A press release notes that the set traces Cooder's stylistic evolution, starting in the early albums with folk and blues before moving on to incorporate Tex-Mex, Hawaiian music and jazz in the mid- to late '70s. At the close of that decade and into the '80s, he shifted his focus to vintage rock'n'roll, R&B and soul.

The set includes Cooder's formative studio albums, plus the live disc Show Time. Interestingly, 1979's Bop Till You Drop was reportedly the first digitally recorded album for a major label. The albums are packaged together in a clamshell box.

1970-1987:

Ry Cooder (1970)
Into the Purple Valley (1972)
Boomer's Story (1972)
Paradise and Lunch (1974)
Chicken Skin Music (1976)
Show Time (1977)
Jazz (1978)
Bop Till You Drop (1979)
Borderline (1980)
The Slide Area (1982)
Get Rhythm (1987)