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J.J. Cale’s debut album Naturally is a revelation. Released at a time when Led Zeppelin and scores of their imitators were turning the blues into fist pumping stadium rock, Cale showed that a true master need not speak in anything more than a whisper. With its muted drum machines and morphinic guitar lines, Naturally was a whole new look for rock’n’roll. “Magnolia” is the slowest, sweetest ode to Southern reverie, while “Call the Doctor” and “Don’t Go To Strangers” tow a sinister current beneath Cale’s serene exterior. Cale’s peers were impressed: “Call Me the Breeze,” “Clyde,” “Crazy Mama,” and “After Midnight” would go on to be covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Waylon Jennings, The Band, and Eric Clapton, respectively. More than anything else, musicians respect a stylist, and even if Cale followed a simple recipe, he did in a way that no one else could replicate. This is the secret of the blues, and in 1971, no one possessed a deeper understanding than this 33-year-old Okie.

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This album is fascinating...and no, not just a few songs...all of them! This is the first JJ album I bought and its definitly in a class of its own. With mello-rock style, his guitar licks really stand out and bring a whole new sensation to the newer generation of music lovers. Although softer and older than most music listened to today...I recommend it to any age!

When life gets tough...

When life gets tough - turn off the tv, computer, phone. Shut the curtains, turn off the lights, pour yourself a glass of something special, close your eyes and just listen. yes:)

"This River Runs Deep!"

What a treat to find this Diamond of a Debut amongst all the Coal Lumps out there! {I remember special ordering "Naturally" by J.J. Cale and Jesse Winchester's first LP from a tiny record store in Beverly and I couldn't wait to hear them both!} Listening to J.J. Cale now, you knew he was taking a commercial risk when he recorded and released this @ 1970-71. With his "Chops" and "Blues Stylings"; Cale could have easily taken a ride on "Clapton's Coattails" and churned out some SouthWestern-Fried-Blooze-Boogie and charged ahead for Chart Success! Instead; "The River Runs Deep"; and it ran back to Oklahoma, not L.A. or N.Y.C. and "Don't Go To Strangers"; make music with and for the people you love! ( A mantra not many of today's musicians follow, regretably!) J.J. Cale has continued to put out fine recordings all along. (I believe it was Richard Thompson who suggested "The Shy Guys Tour"; of all great guitar guys who are painfully shy of touring & playing live; and he said he would ask J.J.Cale to "Join The Club"!) Well, to have such stellar stringbenders as Eric Clapton and Lynnard Skynnard cover your compositions, couldn't hurt your rep! Don't "Call The Doctor"; let J.J. Cale "Naturally" cure what's ailing you! Grimmbo.


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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