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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - J.J. CALE- "A LIGHT TOUCH" FEATURING THE ALBUM "TROUBADOUR" BY J.J. CALE IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 52 - THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACK TREASURES JUST FOR YOU!!

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” – J.J. CALE- “A LIGHT TOUCHFEATURING THE ALBUM “TROUBADOUR” BY J.J. CALE IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVEEPISODE # 52 – THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACK TREASURES JUST FOR YOU!!

“A LIGHT TOUCH

TROUBADOUR by JJ Cale (1976, Shelter)

JJ Cale said that he was “tryin’ to get the fortune without having the fame,” and I’d say he achieved that goal. He flew under the radar, a songwriter’s songwriter, even after Eric Clapton recorded After Midnight. JJ originally cut the song in tribute to Mose Allison, but later rerecorded it in a different tempo, trying to counterbalance EC’s more energetic approach. Listen to both and see what you think. The Tulsa sound engineer, turned recording artist admitted that he was dirt poor before the God of Guitar turned the spotlight on him, and he was grateful for the bounties that followed, but he always hankered after privacy.

I was in college when I first heard JJ Cale, (who had changed his name from John Weldon Cale because of the possible confusion with the Welsh violist from the Velvet Underground), and his breezy sound has never left my consciousness. His slurry, insinuating voice is unmistakeable, and can’t be confused with anyone else, — (if you, of course, discount those influenced by him — most notably Mark Knopfler of Dire Straights), and his sly guitar work is a good soundtrack for any time of day: yoga in the morning, sexy cocktail time ambience, or an easy, chugging “after midnight” motor. Also, it’s amazing that his languid Tulsa sound effortlessly incorporates blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz in one seductive construction.

This record, Troubadour, (which scored the #2 position in New Zealand’s album charts), contains his signature tune “Cocaine” – also covered by Eric Clapton. I don’t think that any of us college kids understood at the time that this was not a celebration of the white powder’s allure, but an “anti-cocaine” song as EC claims, because we all sang along enthusiastically: “she don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie….COCAINE!”

“Hey Baby” – 3:11 “Travelin’ Light” – 2:50 “You Got Something” – 4:00 “Ride Me High” – 3:34 “Hold On” – 1:58 “Cocaine” – 2:48 “I’m a Gypsy Man” – 2:42 “The Woman That Got Away” – 2:52 “Super Blue” – 2:40 “Let Me Do It to You” – 2:58 “Cherry” – 3:21 “You Got Me On So Bad” – 3:17


By Rich Buckland 04/03/2022 05:41 PM

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