Definitive Collection (2007)
|Artist: Robert Cray|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Robert Cray (vocals, guitar); Robert Cray; Robert Gray (vocals, guitar); Tim Kaihatsu (guitar); Jim Horn, Jim Spake, Ed Manion, Andrew Love (tenor saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet, trombone); Mark Pender (trumpet); Jack Hale (trombone); Jim Pugh (keyboards); Richard Cousins (bass instrument); Kevin Hayes (drums); Dave Olson (drum); Steve Jordan , Lee Spath (percussion); Warren Rand (saxophone); Mike Vannice, Peter Boe (keyboards).|
|Audio Mixers: Don Smith ; Jeff Hendrickson; John Hampton; Mark Needham; Martin Pradler; Skidd Mills; Steve Savage; Bill Dashiell.|
|Liner Note Author: Scott Schinder.|
|Recording information: Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN; Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Music Lab, Los Angeles, CA; Sage & Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Sound City Recording Studios, Van Nuys, CA; Studio 890, Oakland, CA; Studio D, Sausalito, CA; Sunnyside Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN.|
|Photographers: Robert Knight ; Paul Natkin; Jeff Katz.|
|Released in 2007, this 16-track compilation presents an excellent overview of Robert Cray's first 25 years of recording. Although it shares many tracks with 1999's HEAVY PICKS--including, of course, the Georgia-based bluesman's ominous '86 hit, "Smoking Gun"--DEFINITIVE COLLECTION tops that set by extending its reach to '05 with the wistful "Poor Johnny," making it the more comprehensive anthology.|
Producer: Robert Cray; Steve Jordan; Dennis Walker; Jim Pugh; Bruce Bromberg; Bill Levenson (Compilation)
Engineer: Don Smith; John Hampton; Mark Needham; Niko Bolas; Skidd Mills; Steve Savage; Bill Dashiell
Associated Artists and Works
|Showdown! ~ Copeland, Johnny|
|Blues Summit ~ King, B. B.|
|Blues Summit ~ King, B.B.|
|Blues Summit ~ King, B.B.|
|Release Date : 02/27/2007|
|Original Release Date : 2007|
|Catalog ID : 0006779|
|Label : Hip-O|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602498789759|
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."