The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
J.J. Cale's The Definitive Collection is an excellent single-disc collection from one of the most influential singer/songwriters to emerge from America during the '70s. Just as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark define Texas songwriting, Cale is the epitome of the Oklahoma writers. Although most people know him as the writer of Eric Clapton's hit "Cocaine," Cale constantly offered up other quality material that could only be defined by his vocal style, which can accurately be described as "reclining in the groove." Popular tunes such as "Call Me the Breeze," "Hey Baby" and "Crazy Mama" have a deceptively laid-back intensity that to a large degree influenced such rockers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
J.J. Cale's The Definitive Collection is an excellent single-disc collection from one of the most influential singer/songwriters to emerge from America during the '70s. Just as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark define Texas songwriting, Cale is the epitome of the Oklahoma writers. Although most people know him as the writer of Eric Clapton's hit "Cocaine," Cale constantly offered up other quality material that could only be defined by his vocal style, which can accurately be described as "reclining in the groove." Popular tunes such as "Call Me the Breeze," "Hey Baby" and "Crazy Mama" have a deceptively laid-back intensity that to a large degree influenced such rockers as Lowell George of Little Feat and the previously mentioned Clapton. Cale's guitar work proved to be influential as well again on Clapton, but also popular swamp rockers such as Delaney Bramlett. The Definitive Collection offers a comprehensive collection from Cale's early-'70s recordings in Nashville, to Muscle Shoals in Alabama, to his later work on Hollywood. If you're going to explore Cale's groove, this is the place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/1998
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731453475427
  • Catalog Number: 534754
  • Sales rank: 8,066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Call Me The Breeze (2:35)
  2. 2 Crazy Mama (2:27)
  3. 3 Magnolia (3:23)
  4. 4 After Midnight (2:20)
  5. 5 Lies (2:56)
  6. 6 Midnight In Memphis (4:22)
  7. 7 Cajun Moon (2:13)
  8. 8 Rock and Roll Records (2:01)
  9. 9 Cocaine (2:51)
  10. 10 Hey Baby (3:15)
  11. 11 I'll Make Love To You Anytime (3:09)
  12. 12 Don't Cry Sister (2:11)
  13. 13 Thirteen Days (2:47)
  14. 14 Sensitive Kind (5:06)
  15. 15 Carry On (2:19)
  16. 16 Mama Don't (3:49)
  17. 17 City Girls (2:47)
  18. 18 Devil In Disguise (2:01)
  19. 19 Don't Wait (3:07)
  20. 20 Money Talks (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
J.J. Cale Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Buddy Emmons Organ, Guitar, Piano, Steel Guitar
Josh Graves Dobro
Hoyt Axton Background Vocals
Dianne Davidson Background Vocals
Leon Russell Electric Piano
Richard Thompson Electric Guitar
James Burton Electric Guitar
Mac Gayden Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar
Steve Gibson Electric Guitar
Lloyd Green Guitar, Steel Guitar
Jim Keltner Organ, Percussion, Drums
Grady Martin Electric Guitar
Kossie Gardner Organ
Sid Page Violin
Larry Taylor Bass, Acoustic Bass
J.I. Allison Percussion
Doug Atwell Violin
Hal Blaine Drums
Barry Beckett Piano, Electric Piano
Larry Bell Electric Piano
Hayword Bishop Drums
Bill Boatman Fiddle, Drums, Rhythm Guitar
George Bohannon Trombone
Harold Bradley Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Chuck Browning Drums, Electric Guitar
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Jimmy Capps Rhythm Guitar
Marvin Chantry Violin
Roy Christensen Violin
Johnny Christopher Rhythm Guitar
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Tommy Cogbill Bass, Electric Guitar
Ed Colis Harmonica
Billy Cox Bass
James Cruce Drums
Glen D. Hardin Piano
Marilyn Davis Background Vocals
Tim Drummond Bass
Charles Dungey Bass
Bobby Emmons Piano
Gary Gilmore Bass
Emory Gordy Bass
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Robert Greenidge Drums, Steel Drums
Buddy Harmon Drums
Roger Hawkins Drums
Walter Haynes Dobro, Piano
Karl Himmel Percussion, Drums
David Hood Bass
Garth Hudson Accordion
Bill Humble Trombone
Jimmy Johnson Rhythm Guitar
Jim Karstein Percussion, Conga, Drums
Carol Kaye Bass
Russ Kunkel Drums
Sheldon Kurland Violin
Christine Lakeland Organ, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Shorty Lavender Fiddle
Mike Lawler Synthesizer, Synchrofonte
Mike Leech Bass
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Kenny Malone Drums
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Jay Mitthauer Drums
Farrell Morris Percussion, Conga, Drums, Vibes
Weldon Myrick Guitar, Steel Guitar
James Nichols Conga
Norman Ray Saxophone
Spooner Oldham Organ
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton Background Vocals
Bill Payne Piano
Gordon Payne Electric Guitar
Terry Perkins Drums
Bob Phillips Trumpet
Sherry Porter Background Vocals
Don Preston Electric Guitar
Billy Puett Saxophone
Norbert Putnam Bass
Carl Radle Bass
Bill Raffenspeger Bass
Nick Rather Bass
Bob Ray Bass
Michael Rhodes Bass
Steve Ripley Rhythm Guitar
Don Sheffield Trumpet
Denis Solee Saxophone
George Soulé Drums
Buddy Spiker Fiddle
Nancy Stein Cello
Robert Tarrant Conga
Tommy Tedesco Rhythm Guitar
George Tidwell Trumpet
Jerry Whitehurst Piano
Terry Williams Trombone
Bob Wilson Piano
Bobby Woods Piano
Reggie Young Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joe Zinkan Bass, Acoustic Bass
John Galley Piano
Bill Kenner Mandolin
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Bob Moore Bass
Jerry Lee Smith Piano
Steve Martin Electric Guitar
Bill Purcell Piano
Gordon Shryock Electric Guitar
Beegie Cruzer Electric Piano
Marcy Dicterow-Vaj Viola
Leslie Taylor Background Vocals
Bob Woods Piano
George Bohanon Trombone
David Briggs Organ, Piano
Paul Davis Rhythm Guitar
Bob Wilson & His Orchestra Piano
Technical Credits
Bob Holmes Horn Arrangements
J.J. Cale Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Audie Ashworth Producer, Engineer
Al Capps Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Chip Young Engineer
Hugh Davies Engineer
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Chad Hailey Engineer
Stan Hutto Engineer
Les Ladd Engineer
Christine Lakeland Engineer
Ronnie Light Engineer
Jerry Masters Engineer
Joe Mills Engineer
Cam Mullins String Arrangements
Bret Newman Engineer
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Ron Reynolds Engineer
Steve Ripley Engineer
Duane Seykora Engineer
Jimmy Tarbutton Engineer
George Tidwell Horn Arrangements
Jim Williamson Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut Engineer
David "Bat" Johnson Engineer
Matthieu Lauriot-Prevost Executive Producer
Rick Horton Engineer
Hugh Davies Engineer
Paul McManus Engineer
Charlie Paakari Engineer
Paul Rayner-Brown Engineer
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