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J J CALE'S MUSIC, AN APPRECIATION BY ERIC CLAPTON AND SOME GREAT FRIENDS.,
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This review is from: Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale (Audio CD)
One of the greatest artists in populare music history is J J Cale, who so sadly left us a year or so back. A gentle man who gave us a legacy of laid back blues/couhtry/ America brilliance. Eric Clapton has always been a huge admirer to his music, and became a big friend, performing together and producing an award winning album together. Before that of gourse Eric had worldwide hits with Cale songs like 'After Midnight' and 'Cocaine' ( a song he did on most live performances through the years).
So who would be a better person to put an album like this one together, play on every track plus invite some well known friends along.These include Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, John Mayer (who did a version of 'Call Me The Breeze' on his most recent solo album, good version too, but on this release he takes on 'Magnolia' playing with EC it has all the hallmarks of the original. The album is an appreciation of Cale's music, his legacy, so there are no dramatic reworkings of the songs, just superbly played and performed covers, sixteen choice ones, mainly from Cale's earlier albums. Don White who played with J J is involved as is Cale's wife Christine Lakeland, not only with her husbands band but some fine solo albums, she joins Clapton on one song and plays guitar on another.
This whole project is a labour of love to one great artist, a man who's music deserves to be heard, because once you hear it your hooked on his laid back, his songs never ramble on, and the tracks here are no longer than the original recordings, would have been nice to get some longer Clapton solos in but no this is about J J Cale, to get his name out there.The one thing you have to say the songs done by each artist fits like a glove, Mark Knopfler's version of 'Someday' could have easily been one of his own songs, 'Rock n Roll Records' a duet by Tom Petty and EC is an ideal merge of two great modern musiciand, as is Willie Nelson's 'Starbound' ,again this could be out of the Willie songbook, his style and delivery make this a special track on an album chock full of great songs by equally great performers throughout. It's a first hearing Eric and Tom Petty together, as is the Eg duet with bWillie Nelson and with John Mayer. The booklet has lots of photos of J J Cale plus others in the recoding studio of this wonderful set. I hope this wins awards, gets the music of Cale out there, because this is a set that is just totaslly enjoyable, and youget Clapton' take on 'Call Me The Breeze' totally in the J J style and it fits his voice like a glove, he's been performing thgis song live in recent shows so it's nice he's put his version out, tasty !
So to sum up do yourself a favour go and get this, get a drink and let this wonderful music wash all over you..unmissable for all seasons, will mis you J J but thanks for so much great music !