Personnel: J.J. Cale (vocals, guitar, bass); Christine Lakeland (guitar, organ, background vocals); James Burton (guitar); Jim Keltner (organ, drums, percussion); Spooner Oldham (keyboards); Doug Belli, Tim Drummond (bass); Jim Karstein (drums, percussion); Jay Mitthauer (drums).
Engineers include: Charlie Paakari, Brett Newman, J.J. Cale.
Recorded at Capitol Studios, The Complex & Sound City, Los Angeles, California between 1984 & 1989.
When TRAVEL LOG appeared in 1990, it marked the end of the longest gap in J.J. Cale's recording career. While the songs are still relentlessly groove-driven, the album evidences a broadening of his approach in terms of production and arrangements. Some of the rhythms are layered with greater complexity and as always, Cale plays with some of the best-suited musicians available.
The talents of drummer Jim Keltner, guitarist James Burton, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, and bass player Tim Drummond, among others, contribute to the greatness of TRAVEL LOG. The album also boasts a great variety of musical genre explorations. From the dense "Shanghaid" to the spare and shuffling "Lady Luck," this is J.J. Cale painting his same basic songs with the broadest brush he could find. The album's title is apt, for Cale had clearly been taking in more than Oklahoma in the half-dozen years he'd been away from the studio.
Rolling Stone (2/22/90) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "..Once the warm promise of his sound lures you inside the music, nuance & texture draw you further...a rarity."