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Election Special

Ry Cooder

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1.1
Mutt Romney Blues
Ry Cooder
3:45
1.2
Brother Is Gone
Ry Cooder
5:03
1.3
The Wall Street Part of Town
Ry Cooder
3:42
1.4
Guantanamo
Ry Cooder
3:29
1.5
Cold Cold Feeling
Ry Cooder
5:25
1.6
Going to Tampa
Ry Cooder
3:57
1.7
Kool-Aid
Ry Cooder
4:10
1.8
The 90 and the 9
Ry Cooder
5:15
1.9
Take Your Hands off It
Ry Cooder
3:47
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    38:33
"Vigorously partisan gem of gritty picking and black humor ... protest music delivered with a patriot's gifts – the American-roots beauty and expert fire in Ry Cooder's playing – and long memory."
- Rolling Stone

"Social comment once again becomes high art, in the finest American tradition."
- State

Election Special is the 2012 fifteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ry Cooder. After his 2011 album Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, Cooder continued writing topical and storyline-inspired songs. Displeased with the Republican Party and its financial supporters, he also wanted to write an album that would address listeners during the United States presidential election of 2012, which he believed to be a critical event in the country's history. Election Special was recorded mostly at Drive-By Studios in North Hollywood and produced by Cooder.

Election Special is an American roots and blues rock album of protest songs with music characterized by upbeat melodies, simple instrumentation, and sparse arrangements. Cooder played all of the instruments, including bass, guitar, and mandolin, with the exception of drums by his son Joachim. A deeply political album, it expands on the socio-political musings and current event topics of Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down with forthright, satirical lyrics and song-form vignettes. Cooder's songwriting exhibits liberal and populist sentiments and draws on older musical sources such as broadside ballads and country blues.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Nonesuch Studio Masters

Tracks 1-9 – 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit

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