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on 10 October 2013
With J.J. Cale's passing away I'm sure we'll see many more of these kind of semi-professional recordings hit the market. The semi professionalism is best illustrated by the length of the songs as stated on the cover: they are off by minutes most of the times, and it makes you wonder if the reefer smoke slowed down the timing equipment as well.
Having said that, Breezin' at the Café is not bad for the type of album it is. The sound quality isn't bad (the start is a bit shaky but my guess is that that's due to the tape used and not the artists), it's a strong set of songs and the band obviously has a good time, which makes for an entertaining listen throughout, even if it's clear that the songs were originally played in a different sequence. The overall 'feel' of this set is definitely much more of that of a live album than 'J.J. Cale Live' ever achieved.
The 1975 tracks that have been added on as a 'bonus' are of poorer sound quality and are therefore a little misplaced, but musically they are equally fascinating, even if only because of the somewhat more elaborate way Cale takes them on. All in all this a decent CD that won't win over many new fans, but certainly won't displease his existing ones.