J J CALE – I really don’t know that much about this American country singer. He is very unpublicised but has written some great songs, a couple recorded by Clapton (see c). He plays a sort of chugging blues, like an acoustic ZZ Top. I only have two albums – Special Edition – a sort of greatest hits. This is the epitome of relaxed background music – the songs barely rise from each other and the record is over before you know it. Best songs ‘Cocaine’ and ‘After Midnight’, but maybe that’s because I know them from Clapton. This is pure America, but also almost narcotic. I also have 5, another charity shop purchase. This is so similar as to appear the same record. Equally pleasant, but really you only need one J J Cale album.
CAMEL – A strange one, this. I only bought this on a good friend’s recommendation. Music from the film The Snow Goose. And the lesson for today children is never listen to recomendtions. When I have finally filled up my CD racks (not far off either) this is one for the charity shop.
CARS – An American MOR rock band, who came to prominence in the mid-eightie – largely because of the song and video ‘Drive’ at Live Aid. They had a string of hits and I have the Greatest Hits. It is very good, competent, but somehow too samey for me. Still, best songs – ‘Drive’ ‘My Best Friend’s Girl’ and ‘Just What I Wanted’