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Eric Clapton's successful '05 Cream reunion spurred the rock legend to revisit a less-heralded, if more personally inspiring muse from the musician's past, Oklahoma country-blues savant J. J. Cale. While Cale's ambling, laid-back ethos became a touchstone of Clapton's early solo career via hit covers of "Cocaine" and "After Midnight," this marks the first true collaboration between the laid back Okie blues man and the English guitar god he's so deeply influenced. The album's billing is more than alphabetical: 11 of the tracks are distinctive Cale originals while the acoustic folk of Clapton's "Three Little Girls" mines familiar pop territory, guest John Mayer contributes the jaded "Hard to Thrill" and the veteran duo turn in a languorously winning cover of "Sporting Life Blues." The signature Cale/Clapton sound makes "Danger" and the single "Ride the River" feel like familiar old friends, while the shuffling "Missing Person" and "When the War is Over" evoke even deeper American roots. Clapton's ever lyrical, restrained fretwork here is a stark contrast to his fiery Cream grandstanding, underscoring the truly collaborative musical partnership at the heart of one Clapton's warmest, most satisfying modern releases.

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Long time coming - but definitely worth the wait!

For fans of these two musical greats this album has been long overdue, but now that it's here at last I'm pleased to say that it's stunning. As 11 of the 14 tracks have been penned by JJCale then the album definitely bears his major influence, but then that's no bad thing and the two of them work well together both in harmonies and guitar work. The songs range from upbeat to slow blues but I can't say that there's a weak section at all, and joined by the likes of Billy Preston [such a sad loss to music], Albert Lee, Doyle Bramhall and others the album has a genuine warmth which draws you in. Can't fault this in anyway at all - and it would be nice if any of the sessions found their way onto Dvd - but then that's just me being greedy! Well worth the wait ..... excellent.

Laid Back Classic.

Eric Clapton has always been a fan of J J Cale - he covered both Cale,s After Midnight & Cocaine - Clapton,s style in the Seventies was heavily influenced by J J Cale. This will have been eagerly awaited by by fans & it does not disapoint. A warm & mellow mix of Country, Cajun, Blues & Rock - delivered in that unique J J Cale style. You can just feel that both love playing together & everything they do on this album seems so effort less. Highlights are Hard to Thrill, Missing Person, Danger, Anyway the Wind Blows etc. Flawless, Timeless - EC is back playing wonderfull non-showy Guitar in his most relaxed recording sound since "Slowhand" which this Album will be compared with. Buy it - you will love it!!!!

Simply the best

This album has been playing on my iPod virtually non-stop. It must be my favourite album of 2006. It is so laid back and cool that it ought to be prescribed on the NHS. I don't think I have come across two artists who are better suited. Together they have produced an absolute classic.


Born: 30 March 1945 in Ripley, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By the time Eric Clapton launched his solo career with the release of his self-titled debut album in mid-1970, he was long established as one of the world's major rock stars due to his group affiliations -- the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith -- which had demonstrated his claim to being the best rock guitarist of his generation. That it took Clapton so long to go out on his own, however, was evidence of a degree of reticence unusual for one of his stature. And his debut...
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