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Guitar Man [CD]

J.J. CaleAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000007XSV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For a man who wrote such rock standards as "After Midnight," "Cocaine," "Call Me the Breeze," and "Magnolia," J.J. Cale maintains a surprisingly low profile. The Oklahoma singer/songwriter pioneered the fluid, laid-back, country-blues shuffles that provided aural blueprints for Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton, but not one of Cale's 12 albums has penetrated the top-40 charts. Guitar Man, Cale's 12th album, is his strongest in a long time for several reasons. He recorded it almost all by himself out in his California desert studio, and his imagination seems to have been stimulated by his experiments with drum machines, synthesizers, and sequencers. A bluesy rootsiness still dominates his sound, but around the edges is a new high-tech crispness that provides a welcome edge to his lazy drawl. --Geoffrey Himes

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are wilderness too September 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Among the sets of songs that JJ cale has put together in recent years, there is not one where he squeezes his creative prowess as he does on "Guitar Man". No bad eggs in this collection. Some songs fundamental for his point of view as artist: IF I Had a Rocket, Nobody Knows or the funny Doctor Told Me, are songs as important as Anyway the Wind Blows. There is also the enigmatic Guitar Man that gives the title: a funny mail exchange to some fellow guitar player? You can find in Miss Ol'St. Louie that delightful travelling mood of some of his songs, and all in all, this is another one of those records of imaginative variations of pure JJ Cale that we love so much.

In Death in the Wilderness he shows concern about environmental issues, knowing, as anyone who has ever wondered where do we come from, that wilderness is a need, also for humans:

"the rabbit, he'll be gone,

the bird will sing no song,

the wolf, the deer, the lion too"

Just add: and the man too, and probably before some of them . We are wilderness too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scarey initial reaction July 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When this recording started I was wondering what was wrong with my balance on my system. The production on the first track must have been done by a drummer. Overkill on the drums drowns out an easily overwhelmed voice of the man, JJ Cale. What a relief when the second track reverted to a familiar mix that highlighted Cale's guitar and voice. Really great guitar work on this one, making the title appropriate. However for this fan it's the feel of Cale's recordings that soothes my soul. Great stuff.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ! February 2, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Why pay this much for a weak recording when you can get a domestic copy for less. Some of the compositions are a welcome addition to Cale's considerable songbook. Others are not. It is the production that buries this disc. There is an unfortunate reliance on Drum machines throughout. The "beats" prove to be an unwanted distraction to what could have been a strong recording. Cale still has his guitar chops but could have benefited with sticking to his clean strat tone as he is overproduced here as well. Go with anything up to 1980's Shades. After that he began to succumb to ill-fitting production work which eventually began to spoil his recordings. Give this one a pass...Simon
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Cale fans January 5, 2008
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If you like J.J. Cale, you'll enjoy this. Not his best work but a fine addition to your collection if you're his fan like my husband and I are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars jjcale fan March 27, 2011
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You either love JJ or you don't. I love his music. I bought this cd for one song - Low Down. Absolutely dynamite. Overall, a typically good JJ Cale cd.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Cigarettes July 2, 2006
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If you love J. J. Cale you can't go wrong with this excellent, crisp sounding album. It was on my back burner of music to buy ever since I first heard a few songs from it back in 1996, but I just got around to purchasing a copy. There's nothing here I didn't expect; the guitar work is typical Cale, by turns smooth and fuzzy, and his limited vocal range isn't challenged by any of these tunes. I love his particular box of sounds, though, and his lyrics are witty and fun. "Days Go By," my favorite song here, is for fellow depressed, old stoners who still just hang out, and wonder where everybody else went. After opening with "When you light that funny cigarette, would you pass it back to me," he later adds, "you know they say it's illegal, But what isn't these days?" Along with his lazy, loping electric guitar he continues, "you know time has no absolute It just seems like it's spent Everything has a tendency to be so warped and bent While looking here and there I'm surprised to see... Everybody's gone here Everybody's gone but me... OO-oo, days gone by..." Not all of Cale's songs are downers, despite the many minor keys. Even some of the ones that express sadness of loss are accompanied, literally, by notes of uplift and celebration. The traditional "Old Blue," while lamenting the passing of a beloved dog, seems to express to the heavens the joy of having loved that hound, a universal feeling that almost anyone who's cherished certain animals in their lives can relate to. The first song, "Death In The Wilderness," while deeply pessimistic in its worldview, yet rocks with the exuberance of one who loves life. Even though there are no big surprises on GUITAR MAN, Cale still knows how to hold his listener's ear, with his distinctive style of guitar playing and his warm, easy going vocals.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of simplicity June 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD
This album has had a profound effect on me since i bought it in a little shop in the french riviera (Cannes) back in the 90's when i used to be a hot shot creative director in advertising.
It was a period when i was looking for more pop or rock music that i had not heard since i was always listening to more 'complex' music (Jazz, Prog, etc.). The first thing that surprised
me about this album was the first song which almost seemed like a prog rock song with it's not so clear beat and a hundred guitar overdubs. A mind blower! but from there on the record settled down to
the more familiar style of JJ Cale i had heard. The songs have a down to earth quality and the lyrics are simple but they sure touched a nerve with me. Songs like 'guitar man' touched me deeply as i am a guitarist myself
and always asked the same question JJ asks in the song - 'Guitar man, tell me what your secret is...'. 'Old Blue' just makes me cry and i have to prepare myself every time i hear it, and try to hold the tears. it is about the love and friendship between human and dog and how we can miss them when they die...the line ' when i get to heaven, first thing i'll do i'll grab my horn and call old blue' it's just so sad. There are also lighter songs like 'Doctor told me' (about the lonely guys and the cure the doctor recommends is to get a life) and 'Miss ol' St. louis' (about the good old days in St. Louis).

I have other works by JJ Cale but none has struck me the way this album did. One of his best , if not his best. Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Cale Album
I like the production sound on this album better than most of his others.
Have almost every album he's made, this line up of songs are just awesome,
one classic after... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jorn Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars mp3 quaity
mp3 bitrate just OK ~ would be nice to have 320

The album of J.J. Cale is good as always ...
Published 10 months ago by Leonid Shiriaev
5.0 out of 5 stars What can one say about JJ
I wish I was mellowed when I younger, because I would have bee JJ's biggest fan. I love Guitar Man, it's one of the classic rock songs!
Published 14 months ago by William I. Varley
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong with JJ Cale
I am completing my collection of JJ Cale recordings since his passing. I wanted to replace vinyl recordings with electronic.
Published 14 months ago by Sandra W. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Just try it !!
I know that his name isn't heard as much as it should be, but you gotta' trust me if your into Southern Rock almost kinda' blusey stuff then I'm guessing you'll like this J.J. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ballsy
5.0 out of 5 stars JJ.Cale-Guitar man.
Another fantastic Album by JJ.Cale. you always know what you going to get with JJ.Cale -Nice work and great songs. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by maarty
5.0 out of 5 stars JJ Cale is almosr God!
Did I mention that I have every recording? God bless America for producing this man. His mission was to blend the blues with rock and take the music to the masses to show them the... Read more
Published on April 21, 2008 by Baljit S. Grewal
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