The Road to Escondido
So they got underway with the album. But Clapton came in one day and announced that instead of a Cale-produced Clapton album, both guitarists would share headlining credit for the album. As it turned out, Cale would write eleven of the album's fourteen tracks, although a couple are remakes or rewrites of older tunes. Clapton wrote one, while the duo also did one old blues tune and one song co-written by Clapton and John Mayer (who also performs on the track).
The album kicks off auspiciously with the song "Danger," featuring the late keyboardist Billy Preston in one of his last sessions. The track chugs along in that trademark laid-back Cale groove until the guitar soloing kicks in, and suddenly, it's the '70s again with Clapton giving his playing a spicy kick.
On other songs, Cale and Clapton sing together like long-long twins--Cale taking the gravelly low part and Clapton singing the harmony. It sounds like the two were having a hell of a lot of fun making this record, and the exuberant feeling is infectious. When you add some welcome guitar-hero glory on top, this makes for an album not to be missed.