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Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation Of JJ Cale
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Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze - An Appreciation Of JJ Cale

28 July 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2014
  • Release Date: 28 July 2014
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 EPC Enterprises LLP, under exclusive licence to Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 51:09
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 494 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,386 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Subtitled `An appreciation of J.J. Cale' this album features Clapton and his band members Jim Keltner, Nathan East, Simon Clymie and Walt Richmond together with guests such as Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, John Mayer and Don White covering some of Cale's more well-known songs. The album also features contributions from, amongst others, Derek Trucks, David Lindley, Doyle Brammall II, Albert Lee, Greg Leisz, Mickey Raphael, Jimmy Markham and JJ's wife Christine Lakeland. Clapton has stated that with a limited time available to them they decided to keep the arrangements very close to JJ's own versions rather than trying any major reinterpretations and at times it is hard to believe that you aren't listening to Mr. Cale himself as Eric, Mark, Tom Petty, Okie Don White and even young John Mayer's vocals sound very much like JJ's and the backing is also totally in synch with the Tulsa sound.

It was great to hear some of my favourite lesser-played Cale songs such as "Lies" and "Magnolia" and the closer "Crying eyes", which features subtle guitars from Derek Trucks and David Lindley. I really enjoyed Willie Nelson's distinctive vocals on "Songbird" and "Starbound" and it was nice that he brought his harmonica player Mickey Raphael along with him too. I guess everyone will have their own favourite tracks here and I think mine may well change the more I listen but the standard throughout is very good, with production by Clapton and Simon Clymie being spot on. No one tries to steal the limelight, all the solos are short and succinct and none the worse for that.
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Exactly one year after J.J. Cale died (he passed away in July 2013, at the age of 74), this tribute by some of the world's greatest guitarists appears, headed by Eric Clapton. Cale was one of the founders of the so-called Tulsa Sound, a swampy mix of blues, country and rock 'n' roll. The relaxed guitar sounds of J.J. Cale had a great influence on many guitarists, including Eric Clapton, so it's not strange that from his hands a tribute to J.J. Cale comes forth. It's not only that Clapton earlier recorded work from the bluesman, take for example such hits as "Cocaine" and "After Midnight," but the two also worked together regularly. Shortly before his death, Cale could be heard on Clapton's 2013 album "Old Sock" and in 2006 they won a Grammy for their album "The Road To Escondido."

On "The Breeze: An Appreciation Of JJ Cale," Clapton enlists the help of string virtuosos like Tom Petty, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, and Don White. Willie Nelson sings along, as does Cale's wife Christine Lakeland, who provides backing vocals on "Crying Eyes." Everyone's singing and guitar style compliments the 16 compositions on this album impressively. Thus Mayer's rhythmic game works wonderfully on "Don't Wait," while his drawling vocals prove very suitable for the slightly country-fried version of "Magnolia." Knopfler infuses "Someday" with his signature guitar work and Nelson's fragile vocals enrich "Songbird" and "Starbound," although his somewhat nasal twang might not be to everyone's liking. Clapton is in great form himself on the funky "Cajun Moon." The biggest surprise comes in the form of the wonderful harmonies between Clapton and Petty on songs like "Rock And Roll Records," "The Old Man And Me" and "I Got The Same Old Blues.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 July 2014
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This is a very good tribute to the great JJ Cale. It is a little variable in quality but overall is a fine album of JJ's songs, covered with genuine respect and affection by some great musicians who liked and admired him.

As the title suggests, Eric Clapton is the backbone of this album. He appears as either guitarist, singer or both on all the tracks and is excellent throughout. He captures the spirit of JJ in both his vocals and in his guitar work, which is quite some feat. Cale was a very fine guitarist indeed under all the relaxed-sounding cool, with a subtlety of touch that only genuine masters like Clapton can come close to emulating. He puts in fine performances here and he makes this the very good album it is.

Other guests perform with varying success: Tom Petty is brilliant on both Same Old Blues and The Old Man & Me, and Mark Knopfler is (as always) unmistakeably himself which works fantastically well on Someday. It is great to hear Christine Lakeland on backing vocals in the lovely closer Crying Eyes. Willie Nelson is, of course, just Willie Nelson, which I think is absolutely great on Songbird and absolutely awful on Starbound, and John Mayer is OK but just a bit lacklustre.

This is an album of excellent music played by fine musicians and is generally a very successful collaboration. It is also right and proper that a genuine, quality tribute should be paid in this way to JJ Cale. There is enough excellence here for me to round 4.5 stars up to 5, despite the odd blip. My only question is - will I play this in preference to my dearly loved, scratchy old vinyl originals? Possibly not: Naturally, Okie, Shades and others are still magnificent albums which I still play very regularly, and I can't really see me playing this in preference to them very often. Nevertheless, this album is still very well worth having - it has some terrific music-making on it and it's a fine tribute to a truly great man. Recommended.
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