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Really

J.J. Cale

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A more extroverted affair than its predecessor, Really searches for a sound that will connect Cale with the wider audience expected of him following the success of Naturally. The album was recorded in a variety of settings and it wears its patchwork influences well. On “Lies” Cale’s signature shuffle is bolstered by a Dixie horn section, while “If You’re Ever in Oklahoma” is a slippery piece of flatland bluegrass. Though Really doesn’t have the sense of cohesion that makes Okie and Troubadour classics, several of its cuts catch Cale in rare form. “I’ll Kiss the World Goodbye” might be this reclusive bluesman’s most extroverted moment, while the skeletal shuffle of “Ridin’ Home” comes straight from an opium honky tonk. “Soulin’” is sly and affable and could have made a good cover for Cale enthusiasts like Clapton or Lynyrd Skynyrd, but it was “Louisiana Women” that became a favorite of none other than Waylon Jennings (check his cover on the Waylon Live album). The pensive “Everything Will Be Alright,” with its evocation of nervous fingers and measured breaths, is the album’s highlight.

Customer Reviews

tops

how does JJ Cale do it. He does it to a tee. Love this one and special edition.

J.J. at his best

Excellent, mellow rock.....very catchy licks. This might be J.J.'s best album; groovy hooks.....great early 70s rock. Clapton knew a good song writer when he heard one.

3 "Must Have" Tracks on this One

There were at least three cuts off this LP that were staples of early 70's free-form progressive rock stations, and each of them hold up after all these years: Lies, Right Down Here, and Going Down. Check out that steady groove...like a slow moving freight train that never seems to end. Awesome stuff. Worth a purchase.

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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