August 17, 2004
Universal International
Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock

Album Review

There are numerous best-ofs from J.J. Cale, but The Ultimate Collection is a thorough overview. For starters, there are 43 cuts and three discs. The first two CDs are a true representation of Cale's best work from the 1970s and '80s, and disc one would have made a killer hits collection all by itself. Disc two collects fine moments that have been overlooked by the multitudes of artists who have covered the songwriter (although no one does his tunes quite like he does). The third disc here is a nine-selection live set that brings the slow lazy approach that Cale has trademarked into focus with some slippery guitar work and some real brooding menace that belies the sleepy exterior of their author. This is the one. Get it.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. After Midnight
  2. Crazy Mama
  3. Call Me the Breeze
  4. Magnolia
  5. Lies
  6. I'll Kiss the World Goodbye
  7. If You're Ever in Oklahoma
  8. Crying
  9. Cajun Moon
  10. Okie
  11. Any Way the Wind Blows
  12. Cocaine
  13. Travelin' Light
  14. Hey Baby
  15. Cherry
  16. I'll Make Love to You Anytime
  17. Don't Cry Sister
  18. Sensitive Kind
  19. Carry On
  20. Mama Don't
  21. City Girls
  22. Don't Wait
  23. Downtown L.A.
  24. Devil in Disguise
  25. Money Talks
  26. Hard Times
  27. Teardrops in My Tequila
  28. Change Your Mind
  29. Lady Luck
  30. Lonesome Train
  31. Jailer
  32. Borrowed Time
  33. Low Down
  34. Guitar Man
  35. Midnight in Memphis
  36. Woke Up This Morning
  37. Durango
  38. Things Ain't Simple
  39. Wish I Had Me a Dollar [Live]
  40. Santa Cruz
  41. After Midnight [Live]
  42. Cocaine [Live]
  43. Call Me the Breeze [Live]