Naturally (JJ Cale album)

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Studio album by JJ Cale
Released 1972[1]
Recorded September 29, 1970–June 9, 1971 at Bradley's Barn, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and Moss Rose Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Blues, Americana, Tulsa Sound
Length 31:41
Label UK: A&M
USA: Shelter
Producer Audie Ashworth
JJ Cale chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]

Naturally is the debut album by JJ Cale. First released in 1972, it includes his song "After Midnight" which had been recorded first by Eric Clapton in 1970.

Cale, who was languishing in obscurity at the time, had no knowledge of Clapton's recording of "After Midnight" until it became a radio hit in 1970. Cale's friend and producer, Audie Ashworth, encouraged Cale to record a full album in order to capitalize on the success of his song. Naturally was recorded independently, "on spec", the musicians being paid demo fees. Some songs, such as "Call Me the Breeze", were recorded with primitive drum machine accompaniment and sound almost like demos.

The album showcased Cale's distinctive, understated style, and it successfully established his solo recording career which continued until his death in 2013. The album was originally released on Leon Russell's "Shelter Records" label, spawning the 1972 hits "Crazy Mama" (Billboard Hot 100 #22- his only Top 40 hit [4]) and "After Midnight" (#42) as well as turntable hits "Bringing it Back" (recorded by Kansas in their first album), "Call Me the Breeze" (later recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd) and "Clyde" (later recorded by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and a 1980 country hit for Waylon Jennings).

In 2009 the album was re-released, with Really, as a French exclusive 24-track 2-CD album set, as part of Universal Records's '2 For 1' series.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by JJ Cale, except where noted:

  1. "Call Me the Breeze" – 2:35
  2. "Call the Doctor" – 2:26
  3. "Don't Go to Strangers" – 2:22
  4. "Woman I Love" – 2:36
  5. "Magnolia" – 3:23
  6. "Clyde" (C. W. Beavers, J.J. Cale) – 2:29
  7. "Crazy Mama" – 2:22
  8. "Nowhere to Run" – 2:26
  9. "After Midnight" – 2:23
  10. "River Runs Deep" – 2:42
  11. "Bringing It Back" – 2:44
  12. "Crying Eyes" – 3:13



  1. ^ "Music". JJ Cale official website. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Crazy Mama Songfacts