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(2015/Provogue) CDs: 19 tracks, Bluray: 17 tracks.. Contemporary blues icon Robert Cray will be... more

Robert Cray: 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live (1-Blu-ray,2-CD)

(2015/Provogue) CDs: 19 tracks, Bluray: 17 tracks.. Contemporary blues icon Robert Cray will be celebrating his 40 years of performing with an incredible live release, '4 Nights of 40 Years Live' on 28th August 2015. This live album was recorded at Venture, Belly Up, Saban Theatre and his rehearsal studio in Dec 2014. 4 Nights of 40 Years Live contain 90 minutes of concert footage from multiple camera angles creating an incredible perspective. It also contains personal in-depth interviews with Robert Cray, his band members and testimonials from legends as Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Jimmie Vaughan and Bonnie Raitt. Blueray: NTSC/Code free.

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  • Interpret: Robert Cray

  • Album titlle: 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live (1-Blu-ray,2-CD)

  • Label PROVOGUE

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Artikelart Bluray

  • EAN: 0819873012146

  • weight in Kg 0.15
Cray, Robert - 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live (1-Blu-ray,2-CD) Bluray 1
01 I Shiver Robert Cray
02 I'll Always Remember You Robert Cray
03 Poor Johnny Robert Cray
04 Won't Be Coming Home Robert Cray
05 Your Good Thing Is About to End Robert Cray
06 Sittin' on Top of the World Robert Cray
07 Wrap It Up Robert Cray
08 Love Gone to Waste Robert Cray
09 Bad Influence Robert Cray
10 These Things Robert Cray
11 Right Next Door (Because of Me) Robert Cray
12 The Forecast (Calls for Pain) Robert Cray
13 Time Makes Two Robert Cray
Cray, Robert - 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live (1-Blu-ray,2-CD) Bluray 2
01 I Guess I Showed Her (1987 Recording) Robert Cray
02 Right Next Door (Because of Me) (1987 Recording) Robert Cray
03 Smoking Gun (1987 Recording) Robert Cray
04 Still Around (1987 Recording) Robert Cray
05 Too Many Cooks (1982 Recording) Robert Cray
06 T-Bone Shuffle (1982 Recording) Robert Cray
Cray, Robert - 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live (1-Blu-ray,2-CD) Bluray 3
01 Intro / I Shiver Robert Cray
02 T-Bone Shuffle Robert Cray
03 Love Gone to Waste Robert Cray
04 I Guess I Showed Her Robert Cray
05 I'll Always Remember You Robert Cray
06 Your Good Thing Is About to End Robert Cray
07 Too Many Cooks Robert Cray
08 Wrap It Up Robert Cray
09 Won't Be Coming Home Robert Cray
10 Smoking Gun Robert Cray
11 Sittin' on Top of the World Robert Cray
12 Two Steps from the End Robert Cray
13 Bad Influence Robert Cray
14 These Things Robert Cray
15 Right Next Door (Because of Me) Robert Cray
16 The Forecast (Calls for Pain) Robert Cray
17 Time Makes Two Robert Cray
Robert Cray Anointed the primary savior of the blues by the mainstream press, guitarist Robert... more
"Robert Cray"

Robert Cray

Anointed the primary savior of the blues by the mainstream press, guitarist Robert Cray had the looks, the voice, and the guitar chops to do the trick. The Beatles were Robert's original inspiration for taking up the guitar in fifth grade, but he got hip to Albert Collins (who played at his high school graduation!), O.V. Wright, and a plethora of other blues and soul greats, greatly impacting his musical maturation.

"That comes from listening to a lot of different kinds of music, and being a big fan of R&B singers and gospel singers," says the Stratocaster-wielding Cray. "I'm not torn between the two, but I enjoy the two."

Born August 1, 1953 in Columbus, Georgia, Cray was an Army brat who grew up all over the country before his family settled in Tacoma, Washington in 1968. Cray and bassist Richard Cousins put together a band in ‘74 and backed up Collins before going on their own. Producer Bruce Bromberg caught the young band, co-fronted by harpist/vocalist Curtis Salgado, in San Francisco at the 1977 NAIRD Convention.

"They're going along and they're playing these songs, and it's kind of cool because it's some soul stuff, not what most blues bands were doing in those days," says Bromberg. "All the covers were fairly obscure. And then Robert sang a couple. He was playing a Gibson in those days. The first album was made on a Gibson, not on a Strat. He sang like two songs, and my bell rang, man. I said, 'Oh, man!'" Work soon began on Cray's debut album ‘Who's Been Talkin',' which came out on the Tomato label in 1980. "They didn't really have any originals. I think Curtis had like one song. I told 'em, 'You ain't gonna get anywhere singing other peoples' songs,'" says Bromberg. "I flew Robert down for a few days, tried to write some songs with him, and then cut him with some local guys."  Salgado shared vocal duties on the set.

Tomato soon folded, and the Robert Cray Band's head-turning 1983 encore album ‘Bad Influence' was released on Bromberg and Larry Sloven's fledgling HighTone label. Only two covers this time with a set of uniformly great originals, and Salgado was gone so Cray sang them all. "We didn't have any money," says Bromberg, who co-produced with Dennis Walker. "Their road manager had some money, and he loaned us money to do the first sessions. They would come in off the road, and we'd just take 'em to some little room and cut the stuff pretty much live." ‘False Accusations,' their next HighTone set in 1985, kept momentum building. 

With the 1986 emergence of Cray's ‘Strong Persuader' album on Mercury rather than HighTone (major label acceptance at last), Cray embraced mainstream stardom, fueled by regular play on MTV (Cray's handsome visage was as easy on the eyes as his pop-accessible blues/soul hybrid was on the ears). "‘Strong Persuader' just took off; sold like 100,000 in two weeks," says Bromberg. The set was cut in Los Angeles, Bromberg and Walker producing and the band now made up of Cray, Cousins, keyboardist Peter Boe, and drummer David Olson, bolstered by the Memphis Horns. The smoldering Smoking Gun, penned by Cray, Cousins, and Bromberg, was a #22 pop hit in early '87, and ‘Strong Persuader' sold platinum and won a Grammy. Now the Robert Cray Band was selling out concert halls.

"It was real scary," laughs Cray. "Because coming out of the clubs, everything started happening really quickly, when the 'Strong Persuader' thing came out. We were kind of like, 'What the hell is going on here?'" Cray hasn't let up since. He remains one of the idiom's top-selling artists. He and Bromberg long ago parted ways, but his ex-producer sees Cray as more than a sexy, soulful singer. "I still think he never gets credit for being as great a guitar player as he is," says Bromberg. "Whatever we did, it was a new sound at the time."

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Cray, Robert - 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live (1-Blu-ray,2-CD) Bluray 1
01 I Shiver
02 I'll Always Remember You
03 Poor Johnny
04 Won't Be Coming Home
05 Your Good Thing Is About to End
06 Sittin' on Top of the World
07 Wrap It Up
08 Love Gone to Waste
09 Bad Influence
10 These Things
11 Right Next Door (Because of Me)
12 The Forecast (Calls for Pain)
13 Time Makes Two
Cray, Robert - 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live (1-Blu-ray,2-CD) Bluray 2
01 I Guess I Showed Her (1987 Recording)
02 Right Next Door (Because of Me) (1987 Recording)
03 Smoking Gun (1987 Recording)
04 Still Around (1987 Recording)
05 Too Many Cooks (1982 Recording)
06 T-Bone Shuffle (1982 Recording)
Cray, Robert - 4 Nights Of 40 Years Live (1-Blu-ray,2-CD) Bluray 3
01 Intro / I Shiver
02 T-Bone Shuffle
03 Love Gone to Waste
04 I Guess I Showed Her
05 I'll Always Remember You
06 Your Good Thing Is About to End
07 Too Many Cooks
08 Wrap It Up
09 Won't Be Coming Home
10 Smoking Gun
11 Sittin' on Top of the World
12 Two Steps from the End
13 Bad Influence
14 These Things
15 Right Next Door (Because of Me)
16 The Forecast (Calls for Pain)
17 Time Makes Two