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Breezin At The Cafe

JJ Cale Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Goldfish Records
  • ASIN: B00EUAOY62
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. After Midnight (Live) 4:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Old Man (Live) 2:300.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Deep Dark Dungeon (Live) 2:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Drifter's Wife (Live) 1:520.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cocaine (Live) 3:310.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Call Me the Breeze (Live) 4:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Money Talks (Live) 4:180.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Everything Makes Me Nervous (Live) 4:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Detail (Live) 3:560.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Temptations (Live) 3:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Crazy Mama (Live) 5:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 13 Days (Live) 3:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hot Time (Live) 6:550.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Magnolia (Live) 2:320.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Cajun Moon (Live) 6:160.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sensitive Kind (Live) 4:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Lies (Live) 6:080.69  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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The sad and wholly unexpected news that musician, composer and performer - and the man who was ranked as highly as Jimi Hendrix as an electric guitarist (by no less a talent than Neil Young) - J.J. Cale had passed away following a fatal heart attack sent shock-waves through the music community recently. Cale was the real deal when it came to the over-used phrase musicians musician a fact reinforced by the number of tributes that rolled in from other performers following the tragic news. J.J. Cale begun his recording career in the late 1960s, but following a lack of any recognition towards the end of the decade was planning to give up playing and concentrate on engineering and production. Then he heard a version of his song After Midnight on the radio, performed by no other than Eric Clapton and his mind was changed. Instead he put out a number of quite remarkable country-tinged, delightfully laid back collections of songs throughout that decade and composed classic after classic Cocaine, Magnolia, Call Me The Breeze, Crazy Mama, the list is endless which he both recorded himself and gave to others to do likewise. Clapton went on to record many of J.J's finest numbers, and when asked one time who his favourite person was, Mr. Cale was the individual Mr. Clapton told us, for him, fitted this exclusive category best. Cale was not just a marvellous writer and performer; by all accounts he was once of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. This 1988 radio broadcast, transmitted live from the Fine Line Music Caf, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 5th September that year, finds J.J. in spectacular form. Despite, at this time, not having released a studio album for five years, he performs a rip-roaring set complete with full band and shares vocals on a number of tracks with veteran Cale band member Christine Lakeland. A musician and songwriter in her own name too, Christine gets to perform three of her own compositions during the show not bad when one considers what a rich back catalogue J.J. already had by this juncture. But then Ms. Lakeland was Mr. Cale's long term partner, and more recently, his wife. The set-list played on this glorious late summer evening features many of the Cale classics mentioned above and a host of others to make for a show of barely paralleled excellence. However, three bonus cuts are included here, going back to a previous radio broadcast from the mid-1970s when treading the boards at the Cain s ballroom in his home town of Tulsa on New Year's Eve 1975 J.J. Cale performed, amongst a full set that night too, remarkable versions of Cajun Moon, Sensitive Kind and Lies. While the man is no longer with us the music he left behind will go on forever, for those of us who already love his music and for generations to come who undoubtedly will pick up on this uniquely talented musician.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine live album by the Great Man 7 Oct 2013
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking at this page you're probably a J.J. Cale fan like me. It's 40 years since a friend first waved Naturally at me and then put on Side 2. I hated the cover and thought I'd hate the music...but 30 seconds into Crazy Mama I was hooked, by the end of After Midnight I was a fan and after River Runs Deep I was a lifetime addict. I think a lot of people considering this will be in a similar position and - come on, admit it! - you know you're going to buy this anyway. A look at the track list, perhaps, but who needs a review? But for what it's worth:

This is a recording (put out in the wake of his very sad death in July 2013) of the Great Man playing live with "friends" including Christine Lakeland, his partner and later his wife. It was originally broadcast live from a café in Minnesota in 1988 and there are three extra live tracks added from 1975. There's a little chat but mainly just really good performances of great songs. They are almost all rather more punchy and higher-energy than the wonderfully laid-back originals and some (like Cocaine and After Midnight) are significantly different from the album versions. It's a fine reminder of what a very good guitarist JJ really was underneath the apparently effortless Cool, and the songs remain truly great. The recording quality is pretty good for a live set (although the 1975 tracks do sound a bit thin) and it's a very enjoyable album.

I love the originals so dearly that I'm not sure whether I'll play this as often as the studio albums, but it's a fine record of JJ playing live and I've got to have it in my collection. If you're new to J.J. Cale I wouldn't start with this (personally I'd recommend Naturally, Okie or Shades) but no-one will be disappointed here - it's a fine live album by one of the true greats of Rock & Roll. Warmly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 10 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With J.J. Cale's passing away I'm sure we'll see many more of these kind of semi-professional recordings hit the market. The semi professionalism is best illustrated by the length of the songs as stated on the cover: they are off by minutes most of the times, and it makes you wonder if the reefer smoke slowed down the timing equipment as well.

Having said that, Breezin' at the Café is not bad for the type of album it is. The sound quality isn't bad (the start is a bit shaky but my guess is that that's due to the tape used and not the artists), it's a strong set of songs and the band obviously has a good time, which makes for an entertaining listen throughout, even if it's clear that the songs were originally played in a different sequence. The overall 'feel' of this set is definitely much more of that of a live album than 'J.J. Cale Live' ever achieved.

The 1975 tracks that have been added on as a 'bonus' are of poorer sound quality and are therefore a little misplaced, but musically they are equally fascinating, even if only because of the somewhat more elaborate way Cale takes them on. All in all this a decent CD that won't win over many new fans, but certainly won't displease his existing ones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great live album 3 Nov 2013
By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've really enjoyed this album .... It's got some great tracks and Cale is joined by his wife Lakeland on the album.... It's not perfect and those used to the digital age and it's more perfect recordings may be disappointed ....., but it's live and unusual so a great addition to any Cale collection..... My only real gripe is the lack of information about whose playing in the band..... There are sleeve notes but I think they lack the detail that could have been included.... Anyway..... My favourite track magnolia is on it ..... So that's cool.... RIP JJ Cale ...... A great musician .....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for it's day 14 Oct 2013
By KP153
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think some folk try to appear superior about their hearing or Hi Fi systems?

Great songs, great playing and singing. Sound quality is good for it's age surely? Yes it could have been "enhanced" but that would take so much from it. Live music is by far the best in my opinion.

JJ could never do any wromg on my eyes (ears) anyway so I love this CD and would recommend it very highly..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JJ Cale 3 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I will buy anything from the great guitare player JJ Cale, it is always great to hear new release from him, it is a good sound live recording.
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