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(Music On CD) 54 tracks, digipack Robert Cray is an influential American blues guitarist and...more

Robert Cray: Collected (3-CD)

(Music On CD) 54 tracks, digipack
Robert Cray is an influential American blues guitarist and singer who has already won over a wide audience with several chart relevant songs such as Right Next Door (Because Of Me) or Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark. During his 40-year career he released more than 20 albums, bridging the gaps between Blues, R&B and Soul.

Robert Cray grew up in the Northwest of the USA with gospel, Jimi Hendrix's rock guitar and Beatles pop sounds.
His musical career began in 1974 as a teenager; by the mid-1980s he had already established a reputation as a live artist.
His 4th album Strong Persuader received a Grammy and the first single of the same name became his most successful hit.
Over the years he has worked with many great musicians, including Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, BB King and Eric Clapton.

All of these collaborations can be found on the third CD.

Article properties:Robert Cray: Collected (3-CD)

  • Interpret: Robert Cray

  • Album titlle: Collected (3-CD)

  • Genre Blues

  • Label Universal Music

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0600753782156

  • weight in Kg 0.2
Cray, Robert - Collected (3-CD) CD 1
01Too Many CooksRobert Cray
02That's What I'll DoRobert Cray
03Nice As A Fool Can BeRobert Cray
04Got To Make A ComebackRobert Cray
05Phone BoothRobert Cray
06Change Of Heart, Change Of MindRobert Cray
07I've Slipped Her MindRobert Cray
08I Guess I Showed HerRobert Cray
09Smoking GunRobert Cray
10Right Next Door (Because Of Me)Robert Cray
11Foul PlayRobert Cray
12More Than I Can StandRobert Cray
13Nothin' But A WomanRobert Cray
14Night PatrolRobert Cray
15Don't Be Afraid Of The DarkRobert Cray
16Acting This WayRobert Cray
17Don't You Even CareRobert Cray
18The Forecast (Calls For Pain)Robert Cray
19Bouncin' BackRobert Cray
20ConsequencesRobert Cray
Cray, Robert - Collected (3-CD) CD 2
01Just A LoserRobert Cray
02I Was WarnedRobert Cray
03The Price I PayRobert Cray
04Some Pain, Some ShameRobert Cray
051040 BluesRobert Cray
06MoanRobert Cray
07I Can't QuitRobert Cray
08Do That For MeRobert Cray
0924-7 Man (Rock Mix)Robert Cray
10PardonRobert Cray
11Love SicknessRobert Cray
12Baby's ArmsRobert Cray
13Times Makes TwoRobert Cray
14Poor JohnnyRobert Cray
15Trouble And PainRobert Cray
16Great Big Old HouseRobert Cray
Cray, Robert - Collected (3-CD) CD 3
01A MemoRobert Cray
02You Move MeRobert Cray
03Fine YesterdayRobert Cray
04Nobody's Fault But MineRobert Cray
05The Same Love That Made Me LaughRobert Cray
06I Don't CareRobert Cray
07She's Into Something Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny CopelandRobert Cray
08Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Live) Chuck Berry & Robert CrayRobert Cray
09634-5789 (Live) Tina Turner & Robert CrayRobert Cray
10Baby Lee John Lee Hooker & Robert CrayRobert Cray
11Mr Lucky John Lee Hooker & Robert Cray BandRobert Cray
12Playin' With My Friends BBKing & Robert CrayRobert Cray
13Rumors The Memphis Horns & Robert CrayRobert Cray
14Love Struck Baby (Live) Robert CrayRobert Cray
15Give Me One Reason Joe Bonamassa & Robert CrayRobert Cray
16Crossroads (Live) Eric Clapton & Robert CrayRobert Cray
17Phone Booth (Live)Robert Cray
18Back At The Chicken Shack (Live)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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