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The Road to Escondido

The Road to Escondido

by J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton J.J. Cale
The Road to Escondido

The Road to Escondido

by J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton J.J. Cale


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Although their partnership isn't one of the more ballyhooed ones in the rock realm, these two singer-guitarists have been collaborating fruitfully for more than three decades -- with Clapton acting as the public face of that collaboration via his enduring versions of such Cale compositions as "Cocaine" and "After Midnight." The Road to Escondido, their first full-length recording together -- and Clapton's first duets collection since he teamed with B.B. King on Riding with the King -- is a warm, inviting collection of songs that maximizes the strengths of both participants. Cale contributes the lion's share of the compositions, and his fingerprints are immediately recognizable on songs like the sultry "Danger," which positively envelops the listener in its humid, swampy ambience. There's a similarly burnished feel to "Don't Cry Sister," a classic blues shuffle that slinks along more stealthily than one might expect, until Clapton unspools one of his effortlessly virtuosic solos. Slowhand takes the lead -- vocally and spiritually -- on a number of the disc's tracks, most effectively on the gentle "Three Little Girls" and the woozy "Last Will and Testament," but he's not averse to sharing the spotlight, giving Cale some room to stretch out vocally on "Sporting Life Blues" and bringing John Mayer in to punch up the sinewy "Hard to Thrill." As depicted in these songs, The Road to Escondido isn't a superhighway -- it's the kind of two-lane path that makes a leisurely amble a simple pleasure that's easy to enjoy.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2006
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624441823
catalogNumber: 44418
Rank: 2872


  1. Danger
  2. Heads in Georgia
  3. Missing Person
  4. When This War Is Over
  5. Sporting Life Blues
  6. Dead End Road
  7. It's Easy
  8. Hard to Thrill
  9. Anyway the Wind Blows
  10. Three Little Girls
  11. Don't Cry Sister
  12. Last Will and Testament
  13. Who Am I Telling You?
  14. Ride the River

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.J. Cale   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Taj Mahal   Harmonica
Albert Lee   Guitar
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Bruce Fowler   Horn
Simon Climie   Percussion
James Cruce   Percussion,Drums
Nathan East   Bass
Gary Gilmore   Bass
Marty Grebb   Horn
Jim Karstein   Percussion,Drums
Abraham Laboriel   Drums
Christine Lakeland   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Madaio   Horn
Pino Palladino   Bass
Jerry Peterson   Horn
Walt Richmond   Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
David Teegarden   Percussion
Derek Trucks   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger   Fiddle
Doyle Bramhall   Guitar
Steve Jordan   Drums
John Mayer   Guitar
Dennis Caplinger   Fiddle

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer,Concept
Simon Climie   Programming,Producer
Mike Kappus   Management
Lee Dickson   Guitar Techician
John Mayer   Composer
Catherine Roylance   Art Direction
Joel Evenden   Pro-Tools
Nigel Carroll   Personal Assistant
Alan Douglas   Engineer

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