JJ Cale / 3 Original Albums


Enjoy a trio of classic albums from John Weldon “JJ” Cale, via 3 Original Albums, a new wallet-friendly three-CD set from Universal Music.

This package kicks off with the American singer-songwriter and guitarist’s fourth album, 1976’s Troubadour, which features Cocaine, the song made famous by Eric Clapton when he covered it for his Slowhand album. Cale’s fifth LP, 1979’s appropriately named 5, is the middle album in this set, while Shades from 1981, with its Gitanes-inspired artwork, completes this sequence of three consecutive long-players.

Packaging is unconfirmed, although for the price being offered, 3 Original Albums is very likely to provide the CDs in simple card wallets, with a thin outer slipcase.

3 Original Albums is released on 3 June 2016.

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Cale, J.J.

3 Original Albums





  1. “Hey Baby” – 3:11
  2. “Travelin’ Light” – 2:50
  3. “You Got Something” – 4:00
  4. “Ride Me High” – 3:34
  5. “Hold On” – 1:58
  6. “Cocaine” – 2:48
  7. “I’m a Gypsy Man” – 2:42
  8. “The Woman That Got Away” – 2:52
  9. “Super Blue” – 2:40
  10. “Let Me Do It to You” – 2:58
  11. “Cherry” – 3:21
  12. “You Got Me On So Bad” – 3:17


1. “Thirteen Days” 2:50
2. “Boilin’ Pot” 2:51
3. “I’ll Make Love to You Anytime” 3:13
4. “Don’t Cry Sister” 2:14
5. “Too Much for Me” 3:13
6. “Sensitive Kind” 5:10
7. “Friday” 4:13
8. “Lou-Easy-Ann” 2:47
9. “Let’s Go to Tahiti” Bill Boatman, Roger Tillotson 2:52
10. “Katy Kool Lady” J.J. Cale, Christine Lakeland 2:24
11. “Fate of a Fool” 2:54
12. “Mona”


  1. “Carry On” 2:20
  2. “Deep Dark Dungeon” 2:10
  3. “Wish I Had Not Said That” 3:23
  4. “Pack My Jack” 5:13
  5. “If You Leave Her” 2:42
  6. “Mama Don’t” 3:50
  7. “Runaround” 2:42
  8. “What Do You Expect” 3:23
  9. “Love Has Been Gone” 2:13
  10. “Cloudy Day” 5:25

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Wayne Klein

It’s too bad that we haven’t gotten any out takes or demos to make this worth picking up for those who already have this album.


All three albums are very good, especially Shades – which is a great album, IMO JJ’s finest.

Tom Elliot

I first heard J.J. in the 80’s thanks to David Sylvian’s Brilliant Trees which blew me away when I was 15. It inspired me to expand my musical horizons further and I went to my local used record store and returned home with some new music including an album by an artist I thought was John Cale.

When I played it I was taken aback by the lethargic folksy blues coming from my speakers. Not as avante-garde as I was expecting!.

When I realised my mistake I felt stupid, but there was something about the music that drew me in and I realised that to my ears, this was probably more subersive than anything self-consciously experimental could be.

A few years ago I picked up the import 3-disc ‘J.J. Cale – Collected’ set from Amazon UK. I chose it because i’d seen remarks from fans praising the high quality of the mastering, and each disc has 20 tracks each. It is excellent.

Paul English

In the 80s I used to confuse / conflate John Cale, JJ Cale, John Cage and John Coltrane.

Just sayin'

Still got any of those drugs lying around? They sound most excellent! : D

Auntie Sabrina

Spectrum Music/Universal have a few of these releases out. Heaven 17 have a 5 album set out soon in simillar packaging.