The Road to Escondido

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The Road to Escondido
Studio album by JJ Cale & Eric Clapton
Released 7 November 2006
Recorded August 2005
Genre Blues, blues rock, The Tulsa Sound
Length 57:05
Label Duck / Reprise
Producer J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton
J.J. Cale chronology
To Tulsa and Back
(2004)
The Road to Escondido
(2006)
Rewind: The Unreleased Recordings
(2007)
Eric Clapton chronology
Back Home
(2005)
The Road to Escondido
(2006)
Complete Clapton
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Music Box 4/5 stars[2]
Twisted Ear 2.5/5 stars[3]
Honest Tune (not rated)[4]

The Road to Escondido is an album by JJ Cale and Eric Clapton. It was released on 7 November 2006. Contained on this album are the final recordings of Billy Preston, to whom the album is dedicated.

In 2004, Eric Clapton held the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a three-day festival in Dallas, Texas. Among the performers was J.J. Cale, giving Clapton the opportunity to ask Cale to produce an album for him. The two started working together and eventually decided to record an album. A number of high-profile musicians also agreed to work on the album, including Billy Preston, Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal, Pino Palladino, John Mayer, Steve Jordan and Doyle Bramhall II. In a coup, whether intended or not, the entire John Mayer Trio participated on this album in one capacity or another.

Escondido is a city near Cale's hometown of Valley Center, California, in San Diego County. Eric Clapton owned a mansion in Escondido in the '80s and early '90s. Cale and Clapton thought it would be a good name for the album because of their dual acquaintanceship with the city.

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2008.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by JJ Cale except where noted.

  1. "Danger" – 5:34
  2. "Heads in Georgia" – 4:12
  3. "Missing Person" – 4:26
  4. "When This War Is Over" – 3:49
  5. "Sporting Life Blues" (Brownie McGhee) – 3:31
  6. "Dead End Road" – 3:30
  7. "It's Easy" – 4:19
  8. "Hard to Thrill" (Eric Clapton/John Mayer) – 5:11
  9. "Anyway the Wind Blows" – 3:56
  10. "Three Little Girls" (Eric Clapton) – 2:44
  11. "Don't Cry Sister" – 3:10
  12. "Last Will and Testament" – 3:57
  13. "Who Am I Telling You?" – 4:08
  14. "Ride the River" – 4:35

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • JJ Cale: Guitars, keyboards, vocals.
  • Eric Clapton: Guitars, vocals.

Production[edit]

  • Eric Clapton: Producer, Concept.
  • Simon Climie: Programming, Producer, Digital Editing.
  • Alan Douglas: Engineer.
  • Bob Ludwig: Mastering.
  • Mike Kappus: Management.
  • Lee Dickson: Guitar Technician.
  • Catherine Roylance: Art Direction.
  • Joel Evenden: Digital Editing.
  • Nigel Carroll: Personal Assistant.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Austrian Top 75 Albums[5] 3
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[6] 15
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[7] 12
Danish Top 40 Albums[8] 8
French Top 200 Albums[9] 10
German Albums[10] 2
Hungarian Top 40 Albums[11] 36
Italian Top 20 Albums[12] 7
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[13] 5
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[14] 3
Spanish Top 100 Albums[15] 25
Swedish Top 60 Albums[16] 4
Swiss Top 100 Albums[17] 7
UK Albums Chart[18] 50
US Billboard 200[19] 23
US Digital Albums[19] 29
US Rock Albums[19] 7
US Tastemaker Albums 1
Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[20] 43
Finnish Top 50 Albums[21] 14
New Zealand Top 50 Albums[22] 1

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Austria[23] IFPI Gold
(10,000 units sold)
Germany[24] BVMI Gold
(100,000 units shipped)
New Zealand[25] RIANZ Platinum
(15,000 units shipped)
Switzerland[26] IFPI Gold
(15,000 units sold)
United States[27] RIAA Gold
(500,000 units sold)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "The Road to Escondido – J.J. Cale | AllMusic". allmusic. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Metzger, John (2011). "J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road to Escondido (Album Review)". musicbox-online.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Huff, Philip D. (2011). "Twisted Ear – J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road to Escondido". web.archive.org. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Speed, Tom (2011). "Honest Tune Online – Eric Clapton & JJ Cale: Road To Escondido". honesttune.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
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  15. ^ "JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road to Escondido (Album)" (ASP). Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
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  18. ^ "Artist Chart History: Eric Clapton". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
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  20. ^ "JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road to Escondido (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road to Escondido (Album)" (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "JJ Cale & Eric Clapton – The Road to Escondido (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "Gold & Platin". IFPI Austria (in German).  Type "Escondido" under Titel to see search results.
  24. ^ "Gold- /Platin-Datenbank" [Gold- /Platinum-Database]. Bundesverband Musikindustrie (in German).  Type "Escondido" under Titel to see search results.
  25. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.
  26. ^ "Awards 2006". Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  27. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America. 

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