The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In a sense, nearly every album Eric Clapton recorded after 1970 has been a tribute to J.J. Cale. On that first solo album, Clapton cut a cover of Cale's "After Midnight" and while he was under the spell of Delaney Bramlett for that album, soon enough Slowhand began drifting toward the laconic shuffle that was Cale's stock in trade. Clapton never hesitated to credit Cale, dropping his name in interviews, turning "Cocaine" into a modern standard, even going so far as to record an entire duet album with the Oklahoma troubadour called The Road to Escondido in 2006. In other words, E.C. owed J.J. little but after Cale passed at the age of 74, the guitarist decided to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In a sense, nearly every album Eric Clapton recorded after 1970 has been a tribute to J.J. Cale. On that first solo album, Clapton cut a cover of Cale's "After Midnight" and while he was under the spell of Delaney Bramlett for that album, soon enough Slowhand began drifting toward the laconic shuffle that was Cale's stock in trade. Clapton never hesitated to credit Cale, dropping his name in interviews, turning "Cocaine" into a modern standard, even going so far as to record an entire duet album with the Oklahoma troubadour called The Road to Escondido in 2006. In other words, E.C. owed J.J. little but after Cale passed at the age of 74, the guitarist decided to pay a full-scale tribute in the form of the 2014 LP The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale. Working with most of his regular band, Clapton also invited a host of friends who share a soft spot for Cale, including Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, and the Oklahoma-based singer Don White, whose vocals are within the range of the departed Cale. All of these musicians don't distract from E.C.'s version of J.J.: everybody slides into a laid-back, pristine roots groove -- only "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)" boogies, but "Cajun Moon" skips along, too -- and one that's executed with the precision of old pros. Occasionally, a personal stylistic quirk stamps a track with a signature -- there's no mistaking Willie's idiosyncratic phrasing or Knopfler's Strat -- but otherwise, everybody is operating at the same relaxed pace, differences between the musicians disappearing alongside the distinctions between songs. It's all perfectly pleasant and a convincing testament to what Clapton learned from Cale.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2014
  • Label: Bushbranch / Surfdog
  • UPC: 822685540844
  • Catalog Number: 55408
  • Sales rank: 11

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Call Me the Breeze (3:07)
  2. 2 Rock and Roll Records (2:19)
  3. 3 Someday (3:48)
  4. 4 Lies (3:06)
  5. 5 Sensitive Kind (5:17)
  6. 6 Cajun Moon (2:27)
  7. 7 Magnolia (3:41)
  8. 8 I Got the Same Old Blues (3:02)
  9. 9 Songbird (2:55)
  10. 10 Since You Said Goodbye (3:00)
  11. 11 I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (2:36)
  12. 12 The Old Man and Me (2:56)
  13. 13 Train to Nowhere (4:51)
  14. 14 Starbound (2:03)
  15. 15 Don't Wait (2:46)
  16. 16 Crying Eyes (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Dobro, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Nelson Guitar, Vocals
Albert Lee Guitar
David Lindley Guitar
Tom Petty Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Robert Knight Group Member
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Simon Climie Percussion, Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
James Cruce Drums
Nathan East Bass
Tim Jackson Group Member
Jim Karstein Drums, Group Member
Mark Knopfler Guitar, Vocals
Christine Lakeland Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jimmy Markham Harmonica
Jamie Oldaker Drums
Don Preston Guitar
Walt Richmond Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
David Teegarden Drums
Derek Trucks Guitar
Sharon White Background Vocals
Reggie Young Guitar
Doyle Bramhall II Guitar
Mike Kappus Group Member
John Mayer Guitar, Vocals
Don White Guitar, Vocals
Michelle John Background Vocals
Nick Maroudias Group Member
Gaylord Herron Group Member
Satnam Oldaker Tabla
Technical Credits
Ray Price Composer
J.J. Cale Composer
Buddy Cannon Additional Production
Eric Clapton Producer
Simon Climie Producer, drum programming
Alan Douglas Engineer
Christine Lakeland Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Walt Richmond Composer
Ryan Ulyate Engineer
Michael Putland Cover Image
Tony Castle Engineer
Rusty Gabbard Composer
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Cover Illustration
Catherine Roylance Art Direction
Bobby Tis Engineer
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