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Anyway the Wind Blows: disc 2

J. J. Cale

℗ 1997 Mercury Records 532 903

℗ 1997 Mercury Records 532 901: Anyway the Wind Blows. The Anthology

℗ 1997 Mercury Records 532 902: disc 1

J. J. Cale • 1997 • Anyway the Wind Blows: disc 2

Although it is a little too extensive for casual fans, the double-disc, 50-track Anyway the Wind Blows: The Anthology is a definitive retrospective of J.J. Cale's career, featuring all the highlights over the years. Cale's albums often sound similar, but they are remarkably uneven in terms of quality, which is what makes Anyway the Wind Blows essential for both neophytes and collectors. Not only is it a perfect introduction, containing of such essentials as "Cocaine," "Call Me the Breeze," and "After Midnight," but it is one of his most consistently listenable and enjoyable discs. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine.