J.J. CALE - #8 EIGHT 12" LP Vinyl Album

J.J. Cale's '8 Eight' is a 1983 American rock masterpiece. As the eighth album by this blues-rock legend, it showcases Cale's distinctive style. Side One features tracks like 'Money Talks' and 'Hard Times,' with Side Two offering gems like 'Trouble in the City' and 'Teardrops on my Tequila.' With its laid-back, bluesy charm, '8 Eight' is a testament to Cale's enduring musical prowess

 

J.J. CALE - 8 Eight 1983 12" LP Vinyl Album
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"#8" Album Description:

J.J. Cale's 1983 album "#8" marked a subtle yet interesting shift in the artist's musical direction. While still rooted in his signature blues-rock sound, this album saw Cale exploring deeper lyrical territory with touches of social commentary amidst his usual relaxed grooves.

The early 1980s was a period of economic uncertainty and social unrest. Echoes of this find their way into "#8" with tracks like "Unemployment" and "Trouble In the City" offering a bluesy take on the struggles of the working class. It was an uncharacteristic move for Cale, whose lyrics usually focused more on personal experiences and a laid-back philosophy.

However, "#8" isn't all social critique. Songs like "Money Talks" and "Reality" have a funkier edge, showing Cale exploring new textures with synthesizers and drum machines. While purists might've balked at the shift, it demonstrates a willingness to playfully experiment even later in his career. Meanwhile, tracks like "Takin' Care of Business" retain that classic Tulsa Sound groove that made Cale an underground legend.

Musically, "#8" features an ensemble cast of talented session players. Cale, the undisputed frontman, surrounded himself with skilled musicians such as bassist Tim Drummond, drummer Jim Keltner, and Christine Lakeland on guitar and vocals. This collaborative effort produced a polished yet soulful soundscape fitting for Cale's musical explorations.

As in previous albums, J.J. Cale embraced a mix of studio environments for recording "#8." Some tracks were cut at the famed Sound Emporium in Nashville, while others were recorded closer to home, showcasing Cale's tendency to work in spaces that fueled his creativity.

J.J. Cale's aversion to the limelight and his quiet personality have always been a point of interest. He was more comfortable letting his music speak for itself. While not a source of major controversy, it certainly made him an intriguing figure in the industry.

Music Genre:

 American Blues Rock 

Album Production Information:

 The album: "J.J. Cale - 8 Eight" was produced by: Audie Ashworth and JJ Cale

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Chad Hailey, Rock Horton, Paul Brown

This album was recorded at:Amigo, The Alley, Columbia Recording Studio

Mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Capitol Studios

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Born and raised with a deep passion for music, Eddy Schreyer's journey into the world of audio engineering began at a young age. He discovered his love for the technical aspects of sound while tinkering with recording equipment and exploring the nuances of music production. Fascinated by the transformative power of mastering, Schreyer dedicated himself to honing his skills and embarked on a path that would lead him to become one of the most sought-after mastering engineers in the industry.

After completing his formal education in audio engineering, Eddy Schreyer's career took off when he joined the renowned Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Working at Capitol Studios provided him with invaluable opportunities to collaborate with esteemed artists and refine his craft. During his time there, Schreyer developed a keen ear for detail and an intuitive understanding of how to enhance the sonic qualities of each recording he encountered.

In 1996, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to create his own artistic haven, Eddy Schreyer established Oasis Mastering. His vision was to create a space where artists could achieve the sonic excellence they envisioned for their music. With his technical expertise, exceptional attention to detail, and a commitment to delivering superior sound quality, Schreyer quickly gained recognition as a trusted and respected mastering engineer.

Oasis Mastering, under Schreyer's guidance, became a destination for musicians and record labels seeking the finest quality in audio post-production. Schreyer's mastery of the delicate art of mastering allowed him to breathe new life into countless albums, helping artists achieve greater clarity, depth, and emotional impact in their music. His dedication to preserving the artist's vision while elevating the overall sound has made him an invaluable collaborator for both established acts and emerging talents.

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With an unwavering dedication to his craft and a relentless pursuit of sonic perfection, Eddy Schreyer continues to shape the music industry with his unparalleled expertise and artistic sensibilities. His legacy as a revered mastering engineer and the owner of Oasis Mastering remains firmly etched in the world of music history, leaving an indelible mark on the soundscape of countless albums and artists.

Record Label & Catalognr:

Mercury 811 152 1

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1983 Made in France
Complete Track-listing of the album "J.J. Cale - 8 Eight"

The detailed tracklist of this record "J.J. Cale - 8 Eight" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Money Talks
  2. Losers
  3. Hard Times
  4. Reality
  5. Takin' Care of Business
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. People Lie
  2. Unemployment
  3. Trouble in the City
  4. Teardrops on my Tequila
  5. Livin' Here Too

 

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Photo Of The Back Cover J.J. CALE - 8 Eight 1983 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

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Close up of record's label J.J. CALE - 8 Eight 1983 12" LP Vinyl Album Side One

"8" Record Label Details: Black Colour MERCURY 811 152.1, SACEM, SDRM ℗ 1983 Phonogram International B.V. Barneveld Sound Copyright

"8" Record Label Details: Black Colour MERCURY 811 152.1, SACEM, SDRM ℗ 1983 Phonogram International B.V. Barneveld Sound Copyright
 
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