Cale's version of "After Midnight" differs greatly from Clapton's frenetic version, which is itself based on Cale's own arrangement. The Oklahoma Troubadour explained in The history on that deal was, the original "After Midnight" I recorded was on Liberty Records on a rpm, and it was fast.
That was about , maybe I can't remember exactly. But that was the original "After Midnight", and that is what Clapton heard. If you listen to Eric Clapton"s record, what he did was imitate that. No one heard that first version I made of it. I tried to give the thing away, until he cut it and made it popular. So, when I recorded the Naturally album Denny Cordell, who ran Shelter Records at the time, and I had already finished the album, he said, "John, why don't you put 'After Midnight' on there because that is what people recognize you for?
In the documentary To Tulsa and Back , Cale admitted, "I wasn't real crazy about the Naturally album and I'm still not, but most of the people who like my music, J. Cale fans, really like the Naturally album. I think what they liked really was the songs. The first album was a collection of tunes I'd been working on for about 32 years. It was a collection that refined everything that had come out of me and weeded out all the bad ideas I'd had over 20 years.
But, when it was successful, the record company wanted the next album in six months. When you get successful, the money comes in and pretty soon you've got to hire an accountant, you've got to get up early, and then you've got a day job. Pretty soon, I wasn't enjoying life — all I was doing was working. In the album was re-released, with Really , as a French exclusive track 2-CD album set, as part of Universal Records ' "2 For 1" series.
The album contained the hits "Crazy Mama" 22 on the Billboard Hot , his only Top 40 hit  and "After Midnight" 42 as well as turntable hits "Bringing it Back" recorded by Kansas for their first album , "Call Me the Breeze" later recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd , and "Clyde" later recorded by Dr.
Reviewing the LP for Rolling Stone in , Jon Landau said, "This quiet and leisurely album from an excellent guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter is a charmer. Cale has a unique approach to funk, blues, and country and all it involves is taking things at just as relaxed and mellow a pace as the human metabolism will allow. Here it results in one of the most enjoyable debut albums heard in some time. In Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies , he said that while "Call Me the Breeze" and "Crazy Mama" are "absolutely beguiling", the rest of the record's "murmured blues meditations are so easy on the spirit that even though they have their charms they invite the mistrust of moralizers like myself—there's just too much talent here to justify such slight results.
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