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Perfect Miniatures in Country Blues Folk
on 24 January 2003
J.J. Cale's gave everything he got on his first album. All songs are intricately crafted and all very subtlely arranged. This is a landmark laid back album. J.J. Cale humsings his way though a number of great tracks. (The classic 'After Midnight' is much more laidback than Eric Clapton's - 'Magnolia'and 'Call me the Breeze' are the better known songs).
It seems that J.J. Cale and his band just left the Appalachian shack and went straight into the studio, still playing. The mood on the album fits perfectly with laid back Southern U.S. and is brimming with easy sunshine, some liquor, fiddles and banjo etc, without becoming too much of a 'straight' country album. Far from it, it is a truly original blend of America's best traditions.
Play when you're sitting in your garden at sunset (or better still on your porch if you have one), talking to your friends whilst having something 'nice' on the side. I gave it some friends and they all loved it, though they all had never heard about J.J. Cale before.