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Album Review

Although it is a little too extensive for casual fans, the double-disc, 50-track Anyway the Wind Blows: The Anthology is a definitive retrospective of J.J. Cale's career, featuring all the highlights over the years. Cale's albums often sound similar, but they are remarkably uneven in terms of quality, which is what makes Anyway the Wind Blows essential for both neophytes and collectors. Not only is it a perfect introduction, containing of such essentials as "Cocaine," "Call Me the Breeze," and "After Midnight," but it is one of his most consistently listenable and enjoyable discs.

Customer Reviews

get the version with all 50 songs.

I don't see an itunes price on here, but I probably try to get this in a store with the full 50 songs whatever the price difference is. A friend gave me this CD as a gift and it was the very first JJ Cale I ever listened to. He's the best, that's all there is to it. His sound isn't quite as gritty or as dark in color as I usually go for in this type of music - but it works. All the songs are full of authority. Whatever the price is, if you like Clapton, the Stones, the Band, Muddy Waters, etc. - this album is worth it. Highlights for me are Crazy Mama, Cajun Moon, Anyway the Wind Blows and Sensitive Kind, but this version appears to be missing the delightfully bawdy Humdinger and Closer To You - you gotta have those.

J.J. Cale: Any Way The Wind Blows - The Anthology

If you are a JJ Cale fan, then this is the best compilation of his music out there. Not one song was left behind. This beats any greatest hits by far. Purchase this music and it's all you need.


Most of his best cuts are here except for Call the Doctor and anything else off of Naturally that isn't included. Sensitive Kind is one of his greatest unknown gems.


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 caused some critics to label him as a one-trick pony, but he managed...
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