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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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,334 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

Customer Reviews

And his voice is getting better with age,just too good.
Vivek Kundu
OK, several cuts, such as Stone River and Rio seem a slight departure from the gravely blues songs of his past, but somewhat refreshing I think.
British_eh
Gritty-yet-sophisticated music underlies life's themes of the down-but-not-quite-out in society.
D. Sean Brickell

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 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 By Gianmarco Manzione on June 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 By William Sargent on June 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 By Vivek Kundu on 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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