The Road to Escondido

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The Road to Escondido
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Studio album by J.J. Cale and 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
All About Jazz 3/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock 7/10 stars[3]
Contactmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Glide Magazine 5/11 stars[5]
The Music Box 4/5 stars[6]
Paste (favourable)[7]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[8]
Twisted Ear 2.5/5 stars[9]
J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton.

The Road to Escondido is an album by J.J. 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 1980s 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 J.J. 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" (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.

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] Gold 15,000x
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[49] Gold 20,000^
Germany (BVMI)[50] Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[51] Platinum 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[52] Gold 15,000x
United States (RIAA)[53] Gold 892,254[54]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[55] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Global sales history[edit]

Timespan Salesamount
19 November 2006 – 25 November 2006[56] 150,000*
26 November 2006 – 02 December 2006[57] 134,000*
03 December 2006 – 09 December 2006[58] 105,000*
10 December 2006 – 16 December 2006[59] 108,000*
17 December 2006 – 23 December 2006[60] 118,000*
24 December 2006 – 30 December 2006[61] 140,000*
31 December 2006 – 06 January 2007[62] 97,000*
07 January 2007 – 13 January 2007[63] 77,000*
14 January 2007 – 20 January 2007[64] 49,000*
21 January 2007 – 27 January 2007[65] 46,000*
28 January 2007 – 03 February 2007[66] 41,000*
04 February 2007 – 10 February 2007[67] 38,000*
*sales figures based on Nielsen SoundScan data

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