The most complete Ry Cooder discography in the Universe
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BN 26374
Gentle Soul
  1. Overture
  2. Marcus
  3. Song For Eolia
  4. Young Man Blue
  5. Renaissance
  6. See My Love (Song For Greg)
  7. Love Is Always Real
  8. Empty Wine
  9. Through A Dream
  10. Reelin'
  11. Dance

Produced by : Terry Melcher

Musicians :

© 1969 Epic

Information supplied by List member Satoru Tamura

Interview with Pam Polland

The following is the result of an email "interview" undertaken by List member Stephane Rebeschini (

"Aloha From Maui! (One of the Hawaiian islands)
How fun to get your letter about your Ry Cooder discography.

Was Gentle Soul a duo or a group ?? The record sleeve is not really clear about it.

Yeah - that was Columbia's fault. They never credited US!! (meaning me and Rick Stanley, the core of the group). Rick and I were a duo, and over the three years we were together, we had various musicians as part of the roup, including Jackson Browne at one point. But everything was based round me and Rick and our song-writing partnership. The musicians listed were just there for the making of that album.

Have Gentle Soul issued singles ??

Yep - there were three, I believe. One or two had Taj Mahal and Ry on them.

I also have in my collection an Epic promo record "The Blockbusting label presents the Rockbusters" with various Epic artists: Kak, Kaleidoscope, Dino Valente, Sly Stone,... and Gentle Soul with "Younger Man Blue". There is a b&w picture of Gentle Soul : three men and a woman. Who are these men??

I'm going to guess Rick Stanley, Riley Wildflower and Sandy Konifoff. They were with us the longest as group members.

Have you planned to reissue "Gentle Soul " and "Pamela Polland" on CD?

It's not my perogative to do so. Columbia owns the masters.

Does Ry Cooder play on your 1972 album? He is not credited on the insert, but that has happened very often.

No, he did not play on my solo Columbia albums (Taj played on the second one). I try to be very exacting in the liner notes because I like to honor the musicians I work with. I did a lot of live performing with Ry in mid-60's, but sadly, nothing was recorded that lasted."

Pamela Polland
Also a conversation with René Aagaard (

By the way, speaking of Ry Cooder, there has been a rumor about a recording session with you and Cooder years ago (after Gentle Soul).

Not after, but before. In the mid-60's, before I formed the Gentle Soul, I performed with Ry often as a duo, and there was a tape of one of our evenings at the Ashgrove, but I wouldn't begin to know where to get a copy. Let me know if YOU find out!! :)

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