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To Tulsa & Back

J.J. CaleAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B00024I31C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Gal
2. Chains Of Love
3. New Lover
4. One Step
5. Stone River
6. The Problem
7. Homeless
8. Fancy Dancer
9. Rio
10. These Blues
11. Motormouth
12. Blues For Mama

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While some artists feel the need to reinvent themselves on a regular basis or to throw together records chockfull of guest stars in order to revive flagging careers, J.J. Cale remains content to continue his reign as king of the laid-back guitar groove. Anyone who thinks it is easy to continually wring new permutations out of the back-porch choogle--Cale's calling card for near three decades--should try it some time. A little violin ("My Gal"), a stab of horns ("Chains of Love"), or some vibraphone tones ("New Lover") is all he needs to freshen the mix. While artists like Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd have scored by adding testosterone to Cale's tunes, they would be the first to admit that his music is no less potent for being more relaxed. In fact, it's the off-hand manner in which he presents his political tunes--"Stone River" (ecology), "The Problem" (the President), and "Homeless"--that gives them their poetry and power. --Michael Ross

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cale's Back (4.5 stars) July 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Cale is an example of a irony who has many victims in the history of Rock and Blues, he belongs to a select group of musicians who has inspired many of the people you probably admired but never receive the recognition than those who learned from the master. In Cale's case the two most famous instances of this are, undoubtedly Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton -the latter even saying once in an interview that he felt he was the closest thing a British musician can get to Cale, and who turned huge hits out of JJ's "Cocaine" and "After Midnight.

This album finds Cale back in great form and, after several years of not visiting a studio, just as laidback and sensual in his playing as in some of his classics from years past. What you can expect is his trademark tasteful picking, solos that say everything they need to say with hardly half of the notes used by the average aspiring "guitar god," and a voice that will not necessarily stir you yet it's exactly the way to sing whatever song he's singing.

So, no surprises here, no experimenting with new sounds or genres nor the trite parade of guests who often appear and contribute more to an album's marketing but hardly anything to the songs they play in.

This is JJ Cale's unadulterated, bluesy mastery of the guitar, again accompanied by a tight band seasoned through his continued touring and playing like they are hanging out in Cale's living room. No pretense, no pyrotechnics, nothing but inspired playing some new great tunes.

For those who know Cale already, suffice to say that this is one of the albums they may be most satisfied having purchased. Listen to "New Lover," "Stone River" or "The Problem" -probably his most political song to date- for proof of that.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cale Delivers Again June 10, 2004
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There can be no doubt that Cale has not only returned; he seems to have spent the past 8 years soaking in his own creative juices and come up with one of his career's most mature and consistent efforts. It is often said that few can listen to Cale without hearing Clapton's voice. Even though Cale has profited handsomely from Clapton's covers of "Cocaine" and "After Midnight," it is rather tragic that Cale's music is rarely spoken of without Clapton's name being dropped (as even the Amazon review above demonstrates). But how doubly unfortunate it is to suggest that Cale's very sound -- a profoundly distinctive slice of Americana -- is indistinguishable from Clapton's. Even Clapton's most devoted fans have to admit that the man is increasingly struggling to fuse his music with just a scrap of soul. As the Amazon review aptly observes, Cale's refusal to inflate his already gargantuan reputation throughout the music industry by chucking out some substanceless, star-studded extravaganza is as strong a testament as anything to the man's authenticity. While Clapton fills the liner notes of his albums with a catalog of iconic merchandise, Cale delivers an album as immediate in its music as it is lacking in the kind of haughty self-promotion and laurel-resting so characteristic of Clapton. As acts like Van Morrison, Skynyrd or the Rolling Stones drift farther from the glories they cashed in on, Cale, like Neil Young, continues to deliver a sound and energy every bit as crisp now as it was back in the "Troubador" days. Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cale, Back From Tulsa Sounding Great! June 22, 2004
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I'd call this Cale's best since Troubador from 1976. JJ went To Tulsa And Back to record this harder-edged collection. It contains unargueably some of his best laid-back tunes, that harken back to JJ's early Shelter years albums, like Naturally, Really and Okie. JJ used some of his hometown pals to record about half of these new songs in Tulsa, and the results sounds great! "Blues For Mama" is a must for any blues fan, with its melancholy melody, moanfully wailing guitar licks and from-the-gut vocal. "New Lover" is an energetic rocker led by Cale's driving guitar, and it screams, "Oh Eric, book some studio time". "The Problem" (a political message) is destined to be a Cale classic, with his coarse whispery vocal, and acidic lead guitar, fueled along by that incredible Tulsa Sound. Aware of life on the streets, JJ gives us a view of a pair living it in "Homeless". Another favorite on this cd is "Fancy Dancer", one of those rhythmic tunes that you can't sit still to. JJ Cale delivered a gem this time... get a copy!
Cale is out on one of his rare tours, so don't miss a legend!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! July 14, 2004
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This is without any doubt the best CD by J J Cale.He released a new album after a long time but this is worth the wait.I always had great respect for this man and after listening to this album I must say he's one of the living legends of 21st Century.This album showcases another side of this man.Overall this album is like a Greatest Hits,with different kind of tunes put together and his wonderful ability to mix Blues,country and Folk into Rock surpasses his earlier efforts.The first few songs have the Classic Cale sound.He introduces Synthesizer in some later songs and drumming machine is a new element also in this album.But this CD showcases his awesome singing and songwriting talents.This man is a good singer,poet and guitarist.I must say he has given wonderful messages through the down to earth yet poetic lyrics of the songs in this album.The guitar playing is solid throughout the album,some classic J J Cale bluesy guitar licks(lead) and awesome folksy rhythm guitar(acoustic)in most of the songs.All songs are good and has different sounds.My personal favourites are "Chains of Love"(it has wonderful country rhythm and lead guitar),the haunting ballad "Homeless"(this song will be a favourite of anyone),the awesome bluesy fully acoustic song "Stone River",The Political meassage giving song "The Problem"(it showcases how thoughful J J cale is about Social Issues)and soulful "Blues for Mama".The surprising element is the last song.Fortunately I got a copy of the French Edition of this CD and got the Bonus 13th song called "Another Song" which is not present in the American Edition of the CD.This song is J J Cale as a Folk singer,just a Banjo and his warm voice,a wonderful Traditional Kinda Folk song.That song is just awesome. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love J.J.Cale's music! I have never heard a song by him that I didn't like.
Published 27 days ago by Lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP miss you J. JCale more than I ever ...
RIP miss you J.JCale more than I ever thought I could miss a Legend
such as yourself!
Published 1 month ago by azbobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great singer!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Rick Powell
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by MARLIN.L. REDIN
5.0 out of 5 stars A polished and upbeat JJ
It is a change from laidback to upfront. Apparently some Cale fans don't like it. Sure, it is smooth, polished, straightforward, and for this reason, some won't like it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by British_eh
5.0 out of 5 stars what's not to love?
Love this CD. Heard about his death on NPR and wanted this one to add to others. Would recommend to others.
Published 7 months ago by D. Kaye Thomas-Gatch
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But !!
There are some excellent tracks on this CD/MP3 as with most JJ Cale it's all pretty good, but there seems to be a lack of "flow" to the CD which in my opinion takes away... Read more
Published 9 months ago by T. Kohlman
4.0 out of 5 stars Received as promised
Received this CD promptly as promised but the plastic jewell case was damaged internally and the CD will not stay locked in place.
Published 10 months ago by DAVID HANSON
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP ... JJ
If there is one musician , worth meeting in person , it would have been JJ cale.
His music live is so different in character compared to his studio work. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DVP RAO
2.0 out of 5 stars Not your Grandpas JJ Cale
Stone River is a great song, and there are a couple of other decent tunes, but the rest of it is crap. If you love the old JJ, you won't like most of this cd.
Published 22 months ago by Johan55
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