|Artist: Robert Cray|
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Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Robert Cray (vocals, guitar); Tim Kaihatsu (guitar); Ed Manion (saxophone); Mark Pender (trumpet); Peter Boe, Jim Pugh (keyboards); Karl Sevareid, Richard Cousins (bass); David Olson, Kevin Hayes (drums); The Memphis Horns.|
|Producers: Bruce Bromberg, Dennis Walker, Robert Cray.|
|Compilation producer: Robert Cray, Mike Kappus.|
|Recorded between 1986 & 1997. Includes liner notes by Art Tipaldi.|
|All tracks have been digitally remastered.|
|This is part of Universal's "20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection" series.|
|Personnel: Robert Cray (vocals, guitar); Albert Collins, Tim Kaihatsu (guitar); Ed Manion (saxophone); Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet, trombone); Mark Pender (trumpet); Jim Pugh , Peter Boe (keyboards); Dave Olson, Kevin Hayes (drums).|
|Liner Note Author: Art Tipaldi.|
|Photographers: Robert Knight ; Dennis Lewis; Toshiya Suzuki; Jeff Katz.|
|Although long departed from Mercury Records, Robert Cray served as a co-compiler on this discount-priced best-of, which reviews his career from 1986 to 1997 by way of ten tracks drawn from seven albums. Maybe it was his influence that led to the range of material, since a record company executive left to himself might have been tempted to focus more on the earlier part of that period. For four years, from the fall of 1986, when "Smoking Gun" emerged from Strong Persuader on its way to a Top 40 placing, to the fall of 1990, when the gold-selling Midnight Stroll was released, Cray managed to be both a wonderful soul singer, blues guitarist, songwriter, and hitmaker. Thereafter, his record sales fell off. The compilers argue in effect that there was no diminution of his talents, just his popularity, which may be fair enough. But the best-of/greatest-hits compilation is a relatively unforgiving form, and one can't help noting the absence of recordings such as "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," "Acting This Way," and "The Forecast (Calls for Pain)" that made the charts, earned significant radio play, and/or earned Grammy nominations or awards. Maybe the selected songs are the ten best recorded performances by Cray on Mercury, but if so that's primarily in the opinion of the compilers; other entities have thought otherwise. Nevertheless, the album does contain Cray's two signature songs, "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door (Because of Me)," and his work is consistent enough that any discussion of his best will find valid arguments on many sides. A neophyte on a limited budget who is curious about Cray can get a good idea of what his music sounds like by buying this collection. ~ William Ruhlmann|
|The Memphis Horns|
Associated Artists and Works
|Showdown! ~ Copeland, Johnny|
|Blues Summit ~ King, B. B.|
|Blues Summit ~ King, B.B.|
|Blues Summit ~ King, B.B.|
|Release Date : 10/15/2002|
|Original Release Date : 2002|
|Catalog ID : AA4400633002|
|Label : Mercury|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00044006330020|
For thirty-plus years Robert Cray has laid down track after track of good-time, uptown, low-down blues. He's won five Grammys and been nominated for 11 more, inspired critics to praise his soulful vocal and instrumental artistry, earned respect from his peers, and sent young guitarists running back to the woodshed.
What he hasn't done is work this magic on a full-length concert CD, where the fires that drive him onstage burn on disc as well.
Not, that is, until now.
On The Robert Cray Band: Live from Across the Pond, the first release on Cray's own Nozzle Records imprint, the celebrated triple-threat singer, guitar slinger, and songwriter presents the best moments from his week-long run at London's Royal Albert Hall in May 2006, opening for friend and mutual admirer Eric Clapton.
From classic titles ("Phone Booth") to highlights from his latest releases ("Poor Johnny"), whether addressing timeless themes of heartache and romance ("The Things You Do to Me") or this morning's headlines ("Twenty"), Cray delivers on a promise he's been making since his first trip into the studio.
That promise to record himself and his band when inspired by their fans at the instant of performance pays off on Live.
And it pays double, by the way, on two CDs, each packed with about as much intense, emotional playing as a listener can handle in one sitting all of it a pristine reproduction of what transpired under the spotlights, without a single edit or punch-in.
Once the rush of Live begins to settle down, though, it's natural to wonder why Cray took this long to document his stage chops. Ask him, and his answer is disarmingly candid.
"In the past, whenever we've known that we were going to record ourselves onstage, we've just gotten too psyched up to sound as strong as we normally do," he says. "You go into it feeling like you've got this one shot, and that can be challenging. I've actually lost my voice from the anticipation."