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200 Gram Vinyl Remastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound & Pressed by Gary Salstrom at Quality Record Pressings!
The real "Slowhand" serves up a subtle masterwork
J.J. Cale, much like Nick Drake and Alex Chilton, is an artist whose genius and
influence far outweigh his popularity. And now through this exceptional Analogue Productions reissue,
pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, you're going to hear Cale
on his signature hits like "Cocaine" sound more vibrant and real than you've
ever heard before!
With his laid-back rootsy style, Cale is best known for writing "After Midnight"
and "Cocaine," songs that Eric Clapton later made into hits. But Cale's
influence wasn't only through songwriting — All Music Guide notes that his
distinctly loping sense of rhythm and shuffling boogie became the blueprint for
the adult-oriented roots rock of Clapton and Mark Knopfler, among others. Cale's
refusal to vary the sound of his music over the course of his career caused some
critics to label him as a one-trick pony, but he managed to build a dedicated
cult following with his sporadically released recordings.
Troubadour, released in 1976, is notable for introducing "Cocaine," which
Clapton covered on his Slowhand album a year later. Producer Audie Ashworth
introduced some different instruments, notably vibes and what sound like horns
(although none are credited), for a slightly altered sound. As one reviewer
says, Cale's druggy brand of rhythmic, spooky storytelling falls far outside of
Cale's signature laid back, bluesy style of country rock features rambling
snapshots of love and life on the road that are unconventionally addicting.
Reviewer James Burke says all of the songs on Troubadour are outstanding. The
warhorse "Cocaine" is far more intriguing in its original version, more menacing
and worldworn than Clapton's driving take. The uncharacteristically energetic "Travelin'
Light" is a whispered invitation to the road — half intrigue, half warning.
Troubadour is a timeless recording of the highest caliber.
"Producer Audie Ashworth introduced some different instruments, notably vibes
and what sound like horns (although none are credited), for a slightly altered
sound on Troubadour. But J.J. Cale's albums are so steeped in his introspective
style that they become interchangeable. If you like one of them, chances are
you'll want to have them all. This one is notable for introducing "Cocaine,"
which Eric Clapton covered on his Slowhand album a year later." - William
Ruhlmann, allmusic.com, Rated 4.5/5 Stars
• 200 Gram Vinyl
• Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 rpm by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
• Gatefold Jacket
J. J. Cale, vocals, guitar, piano
Charles Dungey, bass guitar
Tommy Cogbill, bass guitar
Joe Osborn, bass guitar
Bill Raffensperger, bass guitar
Karl Himmel, drums
Kenny Buttrey, drums
Buddy Harman, drums
Jimmy Karstein, drums
Kenny Malone, drums
Gordon Payne, guitar
Chuck Browning, guitar
Reggie Young, rhythm guitar
Harold Bradley, rhythm guitar
Bill Boatman, rhythm guitar
Doug Bartenfeld, guitar
Lloyd Green, steel guitar
Buddy Emmons, steel guitar
Farrell Morris, percussion
Audie Ashworth, percussion
J.I. Allison, percussion
Don Tweedy, ARP
Bobby Woods, piano
Bill Purcell, piano
George Tidwell, trumpet
Dennis Goode, trombone
Billy Puett, saxophone
1. Hey Baby
2. Travelin’ Light
3. You Got Something
4. Ride Me High
5. Hold On
1. I’m A Gypsy Man
2. The Woman That Got Away
3. Super blue
4. Let Me Do It To You
6. You Got Me On So Bad