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  • Vinyl (12 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000JUB8X4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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After years of admiring each other's musical masterworks, guitar great J.J. Cale and Three-time Rock and Roll Hal of Famer, 16 time Grammy winner Erick Clapton have teamed up for the first time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The resulting hybrid sound defies being labeled, but instead finds influence across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. The songs are warm and rich, with deep flowing rhythms, yet use and economy of words to express much.

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As a fan of both these two gents, this long-overdue collaboration has certainly been worth the wait. When I first heard about this release I wondered if it could possibly live up to the expectations - the answer is a resounding yes!

As 11 of the 14 tracks have been penned by JJCale there is no doubting his overall influence on the album, but the inclusion of Clapton adds a vital spark and I reckon it is one of the best albums either have done for some time. Certainly far superior to Clapton's own release earlier this year and with the inclusion of the likes of Billy Preston, Doyle Bramhall, Albert Lee and many more the album has a generous warmth which draws you in almost without you realising.

The Crossroads Dvd showed how well Cale & Clapton work together and overall this album is a definite must for any fan of either of these two artists - it would be nice if the session(s) were available on Dvd?

In a word - great!
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When I heard the first track 'Danger' I began to wonder if I'd made a mistake with this CD, but the following track was good and 'Missing person' was even better (complete with a Derek Trucks slide solo.) I'm not a huge J.J. Cale fan but the interplay between him and Eric is really good, with both swapping vocals and guitar fills- Clapton sounds more grounded and Cale doesn't sound quite as laid back as normal, thanks partly to Eric's (and Derek's) guitar solos. There is also a nice version of the old Brownie McGee song 'Sportin' life blues'.

Although there are no big surprises here - they do pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a Cale/Clapton colaboration - what is surprising is the variety of different sounds, each track has a slightly different guitar sound or band line-up - harp on '3 little girls', fiddle on 'Dead end road'. The band sounds great throughout, (like many of Clapton's recent albums this is very much an ensemble project there are are no long guitar solos) and both men sound as though they are really enjoying themselves.

When I reached the end I immediately went back to listen to the start again ('Danger' souded better second time round) and I think this CD is going to stay in the player for quite a few weeks. For me this joint CD is much better than both their recent solo efforts and was a lot better than I expected.
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A few years ago, Clapton was quoted saying that he was the "closest thing an English man could come to be J.J. Cale." Whether this is accurate or wishful thinking, it speaks volumes about Eric Clapton's admiration for his friend and fellow guitar slinger.

Having scored mega-hits with Cale's "Cocaine" and "After Midnight," Clapton has, again, something to thank J.J. for. The former "god" of classic Rock has not, in my opinion, put out a truly exciting album in many years but, though this is not a masterpiece, playing with Cale has done him a world of good.

The overall feel here is 100% Cale, laid back grooves and restrained Blues that, before you know it'll seep slowly into your DNA and make you sway and shuffle hopelessly. Cale capacity to say very much with very few notes is legendary and this album is further proof of it. Clapton, on his part, seems to play freed from pressures to turn out another classic and he sounds more convincing and dead-on than he has in at least a decade or two.

There are several songs that either guitar player could be proud to include in their canon. Whether you think of the sensuos "Hard To Thrill"--probably the best track here--or Cale's trademark cadences in "Danger," or the sweet "Three Little Girls," "Heads In Georgia" or "Last Will And Testament," if you like these guys you are in for a treat. No surprises nor unexpected turns, nothing "escondido"--"hidden" in Spanish--either, actually. Just the album you'd guess these two would make if they ever got together, and that's a very good thing.

All in all, this is a wonderful set of songs, played with passion but without the slightest bit of tension or need for showing off. It is an album made by two great musicians who, like any two friends, can relax in each other's presence and do what they do best: make some memorable music.
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This album is good. Buy it. If you like J.J. Cale then buy it. This is a Cale album with Eric Clapton playing on it. There are some stunning tracks on it, my fav's are probably "Heads in Georgia" and "Sporting Life Blues". However, the main reason I'm writing this is that Eric Clapton has been a disappointment of late, and the track "Three Little Girls" is absolute rubbish. It's the reason for the missing star in my rating. Clapton is only credited with 2 songs, this pish and the brilliant "Hard To Thrill". In my opinion "Hard To Thrill" is one of the best songs from Mr Clapton in years.

My last observation that Eric Clapton seems to surround himself with a bucketful of musicians these days, which leaves me in some doubt as to who is playing which piece on this album. You can hear J.J. Cale throughout (except track 10). I was expecting Cale and Clapton and instead have an orchestra of undeniably superb musicians. Picky? Perhaps, but I was really looking forward to just Cale and Clapton...

Ignore me, I'm grumpy. But I do like the album and despite my criticisms I remain a Clapton fan. Cale just outshines him on this, which is fine. Buy the album.
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