zaterdag 11 mei 2019
Stay Around. J. J. Cale
John Weldon Cale was born in 1938 and died already six years ago, time flies, in 2013. And yet a new album. Of course we're dealing with left overs here, but I can tell you that is just fine. I am extrememly happy to be listening to new songs from J.J.
I have to go back to 1976, the year that J.J. Cale came into my life. His album 'Troubadour' was played regularly on an album show on Tuesday afternoons. 'Cocaine' was one of the songs, 'Travelling Light' another that wound up on one of my tapes I made from listening to radio shows. My first J.J. Cale album would probably have been '5', with 'Shades' and 'Grasshopper' as my favourites. Working backwards 'Okie' was my favourite. 'Travelling Log' will have been my last album I suppose. I had heard enough J.J. Cale music in 1990. Nothing changes, does it?
Come 2019 and I am more than ready to listen to some new songs. Nothing has changed, yet, the songs fall on welcome ground. (Not only mine, as I found a heart-shaped post it on the cd cover stating "a very nice cd!". ) More or less like 'Roll On' (2009) was received by me. Time did its work it seems.
This is the first album released with Cale songs after his demise. His widow Christine Lakeland searched for songs that were as 100% J.J. Cale as possible. Self-produced, with his own signature. For whatever reason they were not released before. I can't hear a single reason why as they are first class J.J. Cale songs to my ears. Looking at who played on the sessions, you will find nearly everyone who played on Neil Young's non-Crazy Horse records in the 1970s and occasionally beyond that decade. When the songs were recorded and over how long a period, I have no way of telling. Stay Around is a whole though. Until the more clear sounding 'O My My' that is. The guitar sounds very much differently here.
Stay Around offers no new vantage points to J.J. Cale's work. I'm glad that it does not. This is the J.J. Cale his fans love to hear and appreciate so much. The album is an unexpected present unwrapped lovingly and full of appreciation. Once in the cd player I only have to close my eyes and drift away. Stay around a bit longer J.J.! Through this album he does and I welcome it.
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