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Roll on

J.J. Cale, J.j.caleAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,698 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Roll On is JJ Cale's first batch of new solo material since 2004's To Tulsa and Back and comes on the heels of his gold selling 2006 collaboration with Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido, which also earned him his first Grammy. Comprised of 12 new songs, including the previously unreleased title track recorded with Eric Clapton, Roll On finds Cale still in love with making music and passionately creating future classics that he'll one day tuck into his very own chapter of the Great American Songbook.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant March 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'll be honest, on first listening to this album I was reduced to tears. It took me straight to back to my late teens, early 20's when my mates and myself would get back from the surf and just want to chill out with some beers and JJ Cale on the record player! That was the late 70's early 80's!

This is a classic return that I never thought I would hear again. It is as good as those early albums that we wore out listening to over and over again (Naturally, Troubadour, and of course "5"), and that are forever ingrained in my being. Talk about the power of music, phew I need a beer now!

Roll on buddy, roll on!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Same Old Blues Again (and that's just fine) March 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Until the 20th Century, no one asked artists to "grow" or "change". A painter, musician or writer emerged with a style, and if it was deemed commercially acceptable, that style persisted. Dickens, for example, might write a great book or, on occasion, a lesser one, but at no time did critics or his public ask why he didn't try telling a story another way.

"Roll On" is J.J. Cale's 16th collection of songs. If you were to play it before or after his first release --- "Naturally", recorded in 1972 --- you would not be able to tell which came first, or if, perhaps, this was a two-CD set. That's because Cale has had no career development, no growth, no revelation-on-the-road-to-Damascus. He was great at the start, he's great now, and if you want to split the hair, you could say he's a little greater now, because on "Roll On" he plays most of the instruments and is, in fact, 70 years old.

And you could go on to say that some of the songs are about age and loss, but you'd have to be a music critic holding a lyric sheet to say that --- Cale goes to great trouble to mix the vocals down. You can grab a line here or there, but all you'll get for your troubles is a cliché. That's also deliberate.

J.J. Cale, you soon grasp, is all about sound and mood. And there it gets personal, because what you get out of this music has a lot to do with what you put in. On the most basic level, it's easy listening --- pleasant melodies, a nice steady beat, a singer with an inoffensive voice. You hear a new song, it sounds old. That's why you can't remember the first time you heard "After Midnight" or "Cocaine" --- those songs were just always around.

If you pay a little more attention, you start appreciating the subtleties of Cale's music.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! February 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've been a big fan of Mr. Cale's for some time now. I've heard the new album in its entirety 3 times over a 48-hour period now and not once was I tempted to skip a single track. There isn't a single note on this record that to me feels like it doesn't belong. This is how most of Mr. Cale's work has felt for me.

"Uncomplicated"; "Unobtrusive"; and above all else, "FUN" are the 3 words that come to mind when I experience his music. Roll on Mr. Cale, roll on.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TALENT (in CAPS) February 24, 2009
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There are some artists who seem to have avoided the major spotlight. Certainly JJ's writing is well known. From "Call me the Breeze" to "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" to his own hit "Crazy Mama", his writing is GREAT.
He does not disappoint on this CD.
I really won't take the time to review each song because I'm sure you'll find your own favorites.
On first listening, I can recommend "Cherry Street" and "Down to Memphis".
"Old Friend" and "Where the Sun Don't Shine" are also notable.
Aww, the heck with it. The whole thing is good! Honest.........
Did I mention that Mr. Cale can also play a fantastic guitar with his song writing ability?
Enjoy the CD, I do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOOK A WHILE -- THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED April 23, 2010
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If there's one thing you can say about JJ, it's this: he's got TASTE, STYLE, and CHOPS.

Cale's last album, "To Tulsa and Back", was so good it felt like sinning and getting away with it. One stone cold classic after another delivered with all the nonchalance of a veteran and connoisseur. This was as strong, and at times stronger, than Cale's classic 70's output. By the time I got my tremulous hands on "Roll On", there was only thought bouncing in my head, 'will he be able to top THAT?'

The Cale style is so embedded in his music that enjoying JJ often means paying attention to the fine print, the way he works subtleties, the deftness with which he manipulates the familiar. On the face of it, "Roll On" seemed like retreading old ground, albeit there was a dash more of technology and percussive innovation this time around.

Then the backdrop began to creep to the fore.

This is Cale's most swirling music to date, never so intoxicating, so deceptively simple and yet so precisely elaborate. This is a different beast from "Tulsa" altogether. Whereas "Tulsa" thrived from the directness of the songwriting, "Roll On" weaves an intricate tapestry of effects, colors, thumps, clicks, all riding on disarmingly naive melodies. And there's the vintage guitar-work: a bewitchingly wicked interplay of simultaneous rhythm and leads that is more sophisticated than anything JJ's done before. Over this pulsating sea of sounds, you get his laconic, less-is-more singing rasp. Sheer brilliance.

JJ sows and reaps within the space of each song, delivering what is one of his most accomplished platters, one of his most tasteful collections yet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely awesome album. Really? Has there ever been a bad release from JJ?
Published 1 month ago by DapperDan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cale
What's not to like?
Published 2 months ago by JAB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good stuff !!!!
Published 3 months ago by michael benne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual
JJ's style is a little different ,but i like it. He was the best.He will always be the best.God bless you JJ,we will miss you.
Published 5 months ago by Sally A Perryman
5.0 out of 5 stars JJ's Music Keeps "Rollin On"
Now this is real music and artistry! Do I hear anything remotely comparable in today's music? The answer I'm sad to say is NO!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by George Lee Hawpe
3.0 out of 5 stars Last album by the Legend
Bought it cause I love the man and sadly it is the last album he recorded.
Can't say I love it but has two or three songs I really dig. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Monti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
If your a J.J. Cale fan, you must have this in your collection! Would be a good purchase for anyone wanting to get in the J.J. groove, too!
Published 13 months ago by Diane L. Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
This was a gift for my husband and he enjoys listening to it and it goes well with other JJ Cale CDs
Published 18 months ago by Dianna L. Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine JJ Cale album
Someone complained to me recently that JJ Cale had been making variations of the same few songs for 40 years now. They were probably right - and that's just fine with me. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sid Nuncius
5.0 out of 5 stars legendary
Laid back and easy to listen to. The more you play it the better it gets. After purchasing you will want Road to Escondido
Published 22 months ago by Christopher A. Webb
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Like a fine wine
let me add my own JJ moment. And no, I've never met him in person. I live on the tip of Africa and grew up in the humid wilds of the KwaZulu Natal coast. In those long, strange days between school and university, (January 1978) I was idling away the time and wandered into a music store, where I... Read More
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