The Road to Escondido

The Road to Escondido

by J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton


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Although their partnership isn't one of the more ballyhooed ones in the rock realm, these two singer-guitarists have been collaborating fruitfully for more than three decades -- with Clapton acting as the public face of that collaboration via his enduring versions of such Cale compositions as "Cocaine" and "After Midnight." The Road to Escondido, their first full-length recording together -- and Clapton's first duets collection since he teamed with B.B. King on Riding with the King -- is a warm, inviting collection of songs that maximizes the strengths of both participants. Cale contributes the lion's share of the compositions, and his fingerprints are immediately recognizable on songs like the sultry "Danger," which positively envelops the listener in its humid, swampy ambience. There's a similarly burnished feel to "Don't Cry Sister," a classic blues shuffle that slinks along more stealthily than one might expect, until Clapton unspools one of his effortlessly virtuosic solos. Slowhand takes the lead -- vocally and spiritually -- on a number of the disc's tracks, most effectively on the gentle "Three Little Girls" and the woozy "Last Will and Testament," but he's not averse to sharing the spotlight, giving Cale some room to stretch out vocally on "Sporting Life Blues" and bringing John Mayer in to punch up the sinewy "Hard to Thrill." As depicted in these songs, The Road to Escondido isn't a superhighway -- it's the kind of two-lane path that makes a leisurely amble a simple pleasure that's easy to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2006
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624441823
catalogNumber: 44418
Rank: 2621

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.J. Cale   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Taj Mahal   Harmonica
Albert Lee   Guitar
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Bruce Fowler   Horn
Simon Climie   Percussion
James Cruce   Percussion,Drums
Nathan East   Bass
Gary Gilmore   Bass
Marty Grebb   Horn
Jim Karstein   Percussion,Drums
Abraham Laboriel   Drums
Christine Lakeland   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Madaio   Horn
Pino Palladino   Bass
Jerry Peterson   Horn
Walt Richmond   Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
David Teegarden   Percussion
Derek Trucks   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger   Fiddle
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar
Steve Jordan   Drums
John Mayer   Guitar
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Drums
Dennis Caplinger   Fiddle

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer,Concept
Simon Climie   Programming,Producer
Mike Kappus   Management
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
John Mayer   Composer
Catherine Roylance   Art Direction
Joel Evenden   Pro-Tools
Nigel Carroll   Personal Assistant
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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The Road to Escondido 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the way Clapton has adopted the style of J.J. I also like the very good mixture of songs - including some real blues - especially track 12. This is a perfect mixture of feel good stuff including some intensive guitar playing by Clapton.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent idea to bring these two bluesy singer/songwriter/guitarists together. Clapton contributes only two songs, and they are easy to spot after the first listen or two. Cale's new songs are mostly good, but the rehash of "Call Me the Breeze" under the title "When This War is Over" is bland and boring. On the other hand, the new, upbeat version of "Don't Cry Sister" is a success. There are a few gems, such as "Head's in Georgia," "Hard to Thrill," and "Last Will and Testament," but I find myself skipping past some of the plainer tracks, such as "Dead End Road" and "Easy." A little less would have been more....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guitar work, singing, songwriting, style, its all here. Two legends of music, have made an album together for the first time, I was very excited when I heard these two were making this CD, and it has not dissapointed. Go get it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding mix of music style. It is a pleasure to hear Cale and Clapton together again. With background from so many other artists it makes it a must have for any collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have to disagree on this one with the reviewers. Very middle of the road, predictably mellow and, well, not really that inspiring. Out of all the possible Cooder and Clapton alternative materials, this one ranks in the cellar. Enough said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago