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Vinyl Record Review, Blues, Blues-Rock, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale

Published 2014-10-02
Music Review, Genre Blues, Blues Rock, Available on Vinyl & CD
Guitarist Extrodinaire, Eric Clanpton's Tribute

Rich's Record Emporium; The Breeze Album, vinyl record, audiophile, reviewI bought this today, The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton and Friends.  And speaking of friends he has Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson and Tom Petty among others.  Clapton and Cale were great friends and even did an album together called, "The Road to Escondido" that came out in 2006.

This record has all the great JJ Cale songs including, Call Me The Breese, Magnolia, and Cajun Moon.  They do the record like JJ Cale would have done it, the old Tulsa laid back kind of sound.  Eric Clapton sounds wonderful on his guitar and the entire cd of 16 tracks is just great.
Technical Review: Exactly one year after J.J. Cale died at just 74 years old, Eric Clapton, with some of the worlds greatest guitarists, dedicated this tribute the the Legend (and his personal friend) Mr. J.J. Cale.  Cale was a founder of the so-called Tulsa Sound, a swampy mix of blues, country and rock n' roll.  Eric Clapton has often tipped his hat to Cale for influencing several of his most respected records, like "Tulsa Time, Cocain, and After Midnight". J.J. Cale is regarded as one of the most influencial Song Writer/Guitarists in rock history so it's only appropriate that a tribute comes from Mr. Clapton.

The disc is called, "The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends and contains 16 tracks.  Featured on the album is Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Tom Petty and Willie Nelson plus Don White.  Clapton starts the album with Call Me The Breeze which he does exactly like JJ Cale did it on his record.  Just a great sound.  Also worth mentioning is the Mark Knopfler versions of Someday and Train To Nowhere with Clapton and Don White.  One of my favorites is Songbird with Willie Nelson and Clapton on vocals.  It is only fitting that the last track, Crying Eyes is sung by Eric Clapton and JJ Cale's wife Christine Lakeland. 

Here’s what Rolling Stone has to say: In the early Seventies, after the implosions of Cream and Blind Faith, Eric Clapton found profound influence in the California grooves of reclusive songwriter JJ Cale – who supplied Clapton with two of his biggest solo hits ("After Midnight" and "Cocaine"). Clapton repaid his debt to Cale once with their 2006 collaboration, The Road to Escondido, and he takes that idea a step further with this tribute album, conceived at Cale's funeral last year. Clapton's renditions can be a little too faithful: He nails Cale's throaty growl on "Cajun Moon," but the track fades out just as it might have opened up into a Dead-style jam; "Lies," sung with John Mayer, could have benefited from the charismatic delivery of a vet like Dr. John or Leon Russell. The best moments break free from the restraints of Cale's writing. Tom Petty delivers "Rock and Roll Records" with wry swagger, and Mark Knopfler puts his stamp on "Train to Nowhere" with gloomy Strat acrobatics. And just like one of Clapton's Crossroads fests, The Breeze heats up toward the end. Willie Nelson adds a spiritual intensity to "Starbound" – and, best of all, Don White, from Cale's native Tulsa, Oklahoma, howls the Burrito Brothers-style stomper "I'll Be There," grooving like a high-noon drive through the Baja desert.

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