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J.J. Cale’s laid-back magic as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist earned him a fervent cult following and the admiration of his peers. Though he's best known as the composer of hits for Eric Clapton (“After Midnight,” “Cocaine”) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Call Me the Breeze”), Cale's own recorded work remains worthy of wider discovery. The Very Best of J.J. Cale gathers 20 key tracks from his productive stint with Mercury in the ’70s and early ‘80s. Cale’s parched yet supple vocals and fluid, deeply expressive guitar work remain the focus, though the settings range from bare-bones arrangements to more elaborate orchestrations. These songs have a timeless quality, invoking Delta blues joints and sultry romantic rendezvous. Loping grooves and murmuring fretwork lend “Cajun Moon,” “Midnight in Memphis," and “Crazy Mama” (Cale’s biggest single) a mellow charm. “Lies” and “Devil in Disguise” turn up the energy quotient, while “Mama Don’t” and “City Girls” lean toward country. There’s a wry wisdom to these tunes, as well as an easy virtuosity that seduces rather than screams.

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hidden gem

Eric Clapton has called John Cale his "favorite person" (in the documentary To Tulsa and Back: On Tour with J.J. Cale, 2005). Cale is the songwriter behind Clapton's hits "Cocaine" and "After Midnight". A native of Oklahoma, Cale grew up in Tulsa in a musical culture of blues, western swing, and country. He played as a back-up musician at the historic Cain's Ballroom (best known as a favorite venue of the Wills brothers in the heyday of western swing) before heading out to California with Leon Russell and other Tulsa musicians. He is a driving force in the creation of the "Tulsa sound" which heavily influenced Clapton and the course of rock and roll in the 60's and 70's. Why isn't this man better known? He's been creating the music, not chasing fame.

Real Blues

J.J. Cale is one of the most influential blues artists of our time. His music is a genre of its own, underrated, and under-known. He has impacted so many other musicians including young blues players today. This is a great album to get to know Cale's abilities. A worthwhile purchase.

J.J.Cale - who ??!

Let this be a note to the MOST intrested S.Blues fanz - PAY ATTENTION here.


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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