1986 Soundtrack – Crossroads

Crossroads is a 1986 American musical drama film inspired by the legend of blues musician Robert Johnson. Starring Ralph Macchio, Joe Seneca and Jami Gertz, the film was written by John Fusco and directed by Walter Hill and features an original score by Ry Cooder featuring classical guitar by William Kanengiser and harmonica by Sonny Terry. Steve Vai appears in the film as the devil’s virtuosic guitar player in the climactic guitar duel.

Tracks

1  Crossroads (Robert Johnson) 04:24
2  Down In Mississippi (JB Lenoir) 04:26
3  Cotton Needs Pickin’ (Frank Frost; John Price; Otis Taylor; Richard Holmes) 02:58
4  Viola Lee Blues (Noah Lewis) 03:11
5  See You In Hell, Blind Boy (Ry Cooder) 02:10
6  Nitty Gritty Mississippi (Don Hill; Fred Burch) 02:57
7  He Made A Woman Out Of Me (Don Hill; Fred Burch) 04:12
8  Feelin’ Bad Blues (Ry Cooder) 04:16
9  Somebody’s Callin’ My Name (Traditional) 01:45
10  Willie Brown Blues (Joe Seneca; Ry Cooder) 03:46
11  Walkin’ Away Blues (Ry Cooder; Sonny Terry) 03:37

Musicians

1 Crossroads

BassNathan East
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarRy Cooder
PianoJim Dickinson
HarmonicaSonny Terry
Background VocalsBobby King
Background VocalsTerry Evans
Background VocalsWillie Greene
VocalsRy Cooder


2 Down In Mississippi

BassJorge Calderon
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarRy Cooder
MandolinRy Cooder
PianoJim Dickinson
VocalsBobby King
VocalsTerry Evans
VocalsWillie Greene


3 Cotton Needs Pickin’

BassRichard Holmes
DrumsJohn Price
GuitarOtis Taylor
GuitarRy Cooder
OrganJim Dickinson
HarmonicaFrank Frost
VocalsFrank Frost


4 Viola Lee Blues

BassJorge Calderon
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarJim Dickinson
MandolinRy Cooder
PianoJim Dickinson
HornGeorge Bohanon
SaxWalt Sereth
VocalsRy Cooder


5 See You In Hell, Blind Boy

PianoVan Dyke Parks
SynthesizerAlan Pasqua


6 Nitty Gritty Mississippi

BassNathan East
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarRy Cooder
PianoJim Dickinson
Background VocalsBobby King
Background VocalsTerry Evans
Background VocalsWillie Greene
VocalsJim Dickinson


7 He Made A Woman Out Of Me

BassNathan East
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarRy Cooder
OrganWilliam Smith
PianoJim Dickinson
VocalsAmy Madigan


8 Feelin’ Bad Blues

GuitarRy Cooder
KeyboardsJim Dickinson


9 Somebody’s Callin’ My Name

GuitarRy Cooder
VocalsArnold McCuller
VocalsBobby King
VocalsSam King
VocalsWillie Greene


10 Willie Brown Blues

BassNathan East
DrumsJohn Price
GuitarRy Cooder
PianoJim Dickinson
HarmonicaFrank Frost
HarmonicaJohn Logan
VocalsJoe Seneca


11 Walkin’ Away Blues

GuitarRy Cooder
HarmonicaSonny Terry

Liner Notes

Producer – Ry Cooder
Arranged By – Ry Cooder (Track 9)
Arranged By (Strings) – Kirby Johnson (Track 5)
Engineer (Second) – David Ahlert, Judy Last, Tony Chiappa
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Recorded By – Mark Ettel
Remix – George Massenburg

Photography – Susan Titelman

Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Remixed At Ocean Way Recording
Remixed At Record One, Los Angeles
Remixed At The Complex
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Phonographic Copyright WEA International Inc
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