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Troubadour

J.J. Cale

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Widely hailed as the best album of Cale’s Seventies heyday (if not his career), Troubadour is a consummation of its author’s brand of hazy hypnosis. Each song deals with sex or seduction, each burning slow on blue flame heat. “Hey Baby” — with its low-key merger of horns, pedal steel, and shuffling drums — is a sly invitation to the album’s charms, as Cale quietly calls “Hey baby, you're looking real good.” Later, things become more explicit. “You Got Something,” “Ride Me High,” and “I’m A Gypsy Man” are songs for shadowy beds and velvet curtains: the red-light district has never seemed so hushed and mesmerizing. The fuzzy “Cocaine” deals with a different kind of ecstasy, and by the time Cale finds his way to “Let Me Do It To You” he can do nothing but repeat the song’s eponymous refrain over a pattern of muted funk. “Cherry Baby” is the perfect finale: a doo-wop song slowed to a languid whisper, and played as if the whole band was small enough to fit in your ear.

Customer Reviews

Desert Island Essential

If I were stuck on a desert island, and I could only have a dozen albums, this would be one. If you have no other J.J. Cale, this is the one to have, though I suspect once you get this one, you'll hunger for more.

Some more gems on this one too!

OK, so I'm an unabashed fan of Cale. So sue me. Meanwhile, check out the following tracks: Travelin Light, and Ride Me High. As for Ride Me High, this song is particularly amazing. Not only does it feature Cale's distinctive "let's keep this baby on a steady move" groove, it has what is arguably one of the longest instrumental intros of any song I think I've ever heard. It's very, very clever stuff, and worth a purchase.

one of my first albums..

You always go back to your first love... JJ Cale will bring you there. Listening to this could save a little of your soul.. or give you one

Biography

Born: December 5, 1938 in Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With his laid-back rootsy style, J.J. Cale was best known for writing "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," songs that Eric Clapton later made into hits. But Cale's influence wasn't only through songwriting — his distinctly loping sense of rhythm and shuffling boogie became the blueprint for the adult-oriented roots rock of Clapton and Mark Knopfler, among others. Cale's refusal to vary the sound of his music over the course of his career...
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