J.J. Cale - Troubadour


Analogue Productions



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AAPP 050
UPC: 753088105012
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  
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Remastered and cut at 33 1/3 RPM

Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analog tapes

Lacquers plated by Gary Salstrom and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings!

J.J. Cale, much like Nick Drake and Alex Chilton, is an artist whose genius and influence far outweigh his popularity. Here at Acoustic Sounds he's one of our favorites. And now through this exceptional Analogue Productions reissue, pressed on 180-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 easy characterization. 

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.

Side A
1. Hey Baby
2. Travelin’ Light
3. You Got Something
4. Ride Me High
5. Hold On
8. Cocaine

Side B
1. I’m A Gypsy Man
2. The Woman That Got Away
3. Super blue
4. Let Me Do It To You
5. Cherry
6. You Got Me on So Bad

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 8 person(s) rated this product.

Another winner from A.P.

posted on 02/03/2024
5 Stars
Reviewer: William Taylor
What a chill album this is, and when you get such a high quality pressing, it's audiophile heaven. Music--9/10, Sonics 9/10.

Smooth and relaxing

posted on 09/13/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Greg
Great music and sound quality. You can hear the sonic difference between the songs - they were recorded in 3/4 different studios. Very smooth and relaxing sound. Sound quality 4,5/5 Music 5/5


posted on 08/14/2021
5 Stars
Excellent sounding mastering, recording and pressing!


posted on 08/06/2021
5 Stars
Granted, I'm comparing this to my 1990's era CD version of the same title, but this one really blew me away. Troubadour is one of those albums where songwriting, production and recording all come together in perfection. The mastering on the LP is icing on the cake. I wish they all were this good!

Acoustic heaven

posted on 04/15/2018
5 Stars
I am on the search for the best sounding reissues of my favorites and new artists as well. This has a very warm and rich tone, highly recommended.


posted on 02/07/2016
5 Stars
Reviewer: tony c
Outstanding in every sense of the word. Easily one of the finest produced records I have ever purchased.

Top Quality Album

posted on 03/29/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Douglas Adams
Had this when it first came out back in the day, I just love this album the quality of the production is just first rate.

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