by J.J. Cale
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J.J. Cale's debut album, Naturally, was recorded after Eric Clapton made "After Midnight" a huge success. Instead of following Slowhand's cue and constructing a slick blues-rock album, Cale recruited a number of his Oklahoma friends and made a laid-back country-rock record that firmly established his distinctive, relaxed style. Cale included a new version of "After Midnight" on the album, but the true meat of the record lay in songs like "Crazy Mama," which became a hit single, and "Call Me the Breeze," which Lynyrd Skynyrd later covered. On these songs and many others on Naturally, Cale effortlessly captured a lazy, rolling boogie that contradicted all the commercial styles of boogie, blues, and country-rock at the time. Where his contemporaries concentrated on solos, Cale worked the song and its rhythm, and the result was a pleasant, engaging album that was in no danger of raising anybody's temperature.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Fontana Island
UPC: 0042283004221
catalogNumber: 830042
Rank: 21648

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.J. Cale   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle,Violin
Dianne Davidson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mac Gayden   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Chuck Browning   Guitar,Drums
Ed Colis   Harmonica
Tim Drummond   Bass,Drums
Walter Haynes   Dobro
Karl Himmel   Drums
Shorty Lavender   Fiddle,Violin
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Norman Ray   Saxophone
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Carl Radle   Bass
Buddy Spiker   Fiddle
Jerry Whitehurst   Piano,Keyboards
Bob Wilson   Piano
Bob Wilson   Piano
David Briggs   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Diane Davidson   Background Vocals
Ed Colis   Harmonica
Chuck Browning   Drums

Technical Credits

Audie Ashworth   Producer
Joe Mills   Engineer
Jim Williamson   Engineer
James Long   Engineer

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Naturally 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, soulful album. Written and performed with feeling and deep intensity. The songs are performed the way J.J. Cale first heard them in his mind. It is always interesting to hear the difference between how the writer of songs hears and plays them and how other artists who cover them do it. I've owned the vinyl album since it's first release. This is one of those albums you listen to in a darkened room with your eyes closed. It's the GOOD stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago