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Check this great man out!!!!!!,
This review is from: The Very Best of J.J. Cale (Audio CD)
Many people walk around and sing along to JJ Cale and they don't even know it for he has been an influence to many musicians, the most well known being Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton. This is a great retrospective of material spanning the decades from this most enigmatic of performers.
The wonderful thing about JJ Cale is that if you like one album you are bound to like all of the others, for he found his furrow early on and has successfully ploughed it since. That is not to say that it ever gets tedious or wearing because it doesn't. It always pleases and excites in a lazy sort of way.
Most of the great songs are here, including "After Midnight" (covered by EC on his first album), the wonderful "Magnolia" that always moves me, the previously unreleased and quite magnificent "Midnight in Memphis" which sizzles along nicely, the eloquence of tracks such as "Sensitive Kind" which John Mayall recorded for his album Sense of Place, the unrestrained rocker that is "Mama Don't" which features some exquisite playing by JJ, "Don't Cry Sister" which has been covered by many artists, not least Clarence Gatemouth Brown with Sonny Landreth on slide and of course crowd favourite for EC, "Cocaine".
This is an excellent primer for anyone not yet familiar with the work of JJ Cale and is also a joy to listen to for those who have walked down the years with him. If you find that you like what you hear, then you will find yourself wanting to search out every other album ... JJ is that addictive as an artist. Buy this, you will not be disappointed.